Is it worth the rental?

shooting some family christmas portraits. I have a canon 17-55mm f2.8 USM lens

and im looking for an opinion whether it would be worth it to rent a EF 24-70mm f2.8L

I would like to try an L glass lens, but as far as it being necessary or making a big difference in my photoshoot, will it? Also shoot will be outdoors, maybe a few shots indoors.

4 Answers

  • David
    Lv 4
    8 years ago
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    at the 55mm end of its range, the 17-55mm is an ideal portrait focal length on any "crop" sensor Canon. 55mm with a crop factor of 1.6 gives you an 88mm lens - you could hardly want better! The lens is not designated "L", but in everything except built quality/sealing, it is equal or better than anything near it in the Canon lineup.

    The 24-70 will not make a significant contribution for the kind of shoot you are talking about, IMHO.

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  • 8 years ago

    I have the 17-55 as well. The 24-70 will not make better pictures. YOU make the pictures. Compose well, pay attention to the light, watch the background. These will help you to take better photographs.

    The only advantage of the 24-70 is the slight amount of extra reach(22 degrees vs 18 degrees on the x axis). The downside is that you lose Image Stabilization. Image quality is almost the same on a high density crop camera like a 7D, 60D, T2i. Some reviewers even claim that image quality of the 17-55 is better than the 24-70 for these cameras.

    If you want to rent a lens, I suggest you go for a 70-200 f/2.8 is or a 10-22 f/3.5-4.5. These will give you a different perspective from your 17-55. You may find that more useful for creating variety in your shoot than a lens that is nearly identical.

  • 8 years ago

    Don't bother. I understand that Canon will simply not call an EF-S lens "L" glass. The lens you have is a bit cheaper than the 24-70 L lens, because it is physically smaller and cheaper to make. They both have "three aspherical lens elements (two types) as well as a Super-UD glass element for high image quality at all focal lengths" and "Optimized lens coating minimizing flare and ghosting prone occurring with digital cameras."

  • BriaR
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Rent it, try it and get it out of your system.

    It's fun using new kit - go do it!

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