101

Rockwell presents his opinion as fact even when it is actually a contested opinion. Yes, professionals use 24-70 lenses. They aren't for every situation, but there are plenty where they are great go to lenses. The Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II, for example, is one of the most popular zoom lenses ever. I do wedding photography and during the reception, the 24-70 ...


10

Annie Leibovitz used a Canon 24-70 2.8L for her photoshoot of the Queen Elizabeth of England. So the statement that professionals don't use that lens isn't true. I have shot professionally for 6 years and my 2 go to lenses are the Canon 24-70 2.8L and Canon 70-200 2.8L IS depending on the circumstances.


9

Which professionals? Different photographers obviously have different needs. As a rule, be suspect of any statement that treats the needs of such a large class of people the same. The Canon EF 24-70 f/4L is a very popular lens, but at $1000, it's not exactly targeted at consumers.


5

I know this is an answer to an old question, but my response may be helpful to others who come here later. I recently picked up a very clean 35-70 f2.8D for the grand sum of $200, which included shipping and the Nikon lens hood. I also at the same time picked up a 24mm f2.8D from Japan, mint in box for $125. My thought was to use the 35-70 on camera, and ...


5

@AJ said all that I would have said and more about kenrockwell.com; but I would like to expand more on your specific requirement (and on AJ's recommendation) as this is also the kind of photography that I do the most. For your situation of shooting mostly buildings where you can set the shot up, you are probably best served by following his advice ...


3

For cityscapes and general urban subjects, your 35mm prime is bound to be very good. When I do that sort of thing, I usually carry too much stuff with me: 12-24mm f2.8, 24-75mm f2.8, 36-300mm f/4, tripod, remote/timer, cleaning kit, batteries/cards/etc. Either all that or a compact cam and tiny tripod. You may want to consider keeping your prime attached, ...


2

Rockwell loves to make dogmatic pronouncements just for effect. I love his site but you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Because of his style, many people love to hate him. For example he wrote a piece about why he uses JPEG instead of Raw. Of course he's 100% right when you read the article and realize the specific circumstances he's talking ...


2

It depends on what kind of a pro. I've rarely seen a wedding photographer or walk around event photography without one in the bag. Those that don't have a fixed aperture midrange zoom usually have a fast prime, and it's usually a 35/85 on 2 cameras, not the 50mm. I shoot commercial photography and personally don't own one. I have that range covered with a 17-...


1

I can help you form an opinion with an example: We recently shot a skating event with what some call the Nikon "holy trinity" lens collection mounted on five Nikon D800s. (for a lens review see http://youtu.be/jvDWVwlQaB0) Here is a link to a short edit of the footage: http://youtu.be/j8muk0XJ6sc The 24-70mm lens was used for the shots at ice level (except ...


1

I think there's a point buried in Ken's remark, it's just not what he states: a mid-range, low-ratio zoom is great for certain professional use, but can paint you into a corner as an amateur. As other posters have pointed out, a fast, comparitively-heavy, expensive ($2,000) 24-70mm f2.8 is a great idea for someone who shoots things like weddings. You're ...


1

I personally think the 35-70mm f/2.8D in most situations is every bit as sharp as the newer AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G IF-ED ok the 35-70mm is possibly more prone to lens flare but you have to ask yourself how often do you shoot directly into the sun not very often is my guess. So if you can live without the 11mm difference at the wide end then the 35-70mm f/2.8D ...


1

Ken Rockwell is a bit of a canikon fanboy. His reviews are read by many for just entertainment. Some of his articles are useful if you are searching for a canon or Nikon dslr but he also makes up stuff. He makes his living from the site and focuses on generating more traffic. Always read reviews of the same product from different sites like Dpreview,...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible