RF 24-70 F2.8 or RF 28-70 F2

6 months 1 week ago #717395 by Lawrence Scofield
I have been seeing a ton of reviews on this and allot of people are leaving the 2.8 for the 2. Anyone have any experience using both and what your thoughts are. Eventually switching all my stuff to RF but just curious on everyone's experience.

I do have the 2.8 v2 EF, so not a huge change but just curious. 


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6 months 1 week ago #717427 by Shadowfixer1
Personally for me the 24 mm is more important than the f-2.0.

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6 months 1 week ago #717428 by Nikon Shooter
All together, it is a business decision.

Your are looking for a wider focal range in a zoom and a decent
ratio ƒ to $. In your example, the ƒ 2 increases by 50% the price
with infinitesimal gain in terms of bokehliciousness.

Randy's got the right priorities.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 week ago #717573 by Carlos
The f/2 is a big and heavy lens, how often do you need wider than f/2.8?  

(2) Canon 7D, Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, 50mm f/1.4 USM, 85mm f/1.8 USM, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
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4 months 4 weeks ago #720184 by David Norris
I am in a constant battle with low light.

I shoot sport and if I go below 1/1000 my photo blurs. Even at 1/1000 I can get some motion blur.
I also need a zoom. I can't just "back up" whenever I feel like it, and I can't run out onto the playing area. I need a zoom.

The other problem is that I shoot indoors. At night. On a GOOD night, my ISO is sitting on 4000. Conditions aren't always that good, so very often it's on 6400. The R6 is amazing with low light, but it's still not THAT amazing. Having said that, I can handle sitting on 6400, but what I can't handle is sitting on 128000, which is exactly where I would be sitting if I was using the f2.8

I lift my 28-70 up and down 1000 times a night. Literally.
I carry it around from 4pm to 10pm without a break.
You'd think I'd want a light lens. But what I want more than a light lens, is a lens that performs well. I want a lens that focuses fast. I want a lens that delivers a sharp image.

The RF 24-70 is a great lens, but the 28-70 is hands down, the best zoom lens ever produced from any company. I love it so much that I want all my zooms to be f2. And when I tell people, they think I'm crazy.
"The 28-70 is huge. Do you know how big a telephoto would be?" I don't care
"Do you know how expensive that will be?" I don't care
"Do you know how big that front element will be" I don't care.
"You will need a monopod to carry it" I don't care.

There is a reason why you hear a lot of people changing to the f2, and you don't hear many people changing to the f2.8

Now having said ALL of that. Don't buy this lens at the expense of not being able to pay your rent. If you have the money, you won't have regrets.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #720674 by Lawrence Scofield
Thank you for the honest response. That helps a ton. I have not purchase it yet but its in my line up plan. lol


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