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Canon 24-70 f2.8L - lightweight alternative

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by rpstewart, 18 Jun 2019.

  1. rpstewart

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    Joined: 11 Mar 2003

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    Location: Greenock, Scotland

    Currently using the original Canon 24-70 f2.8L on a 5D mk2. While it’s a gorgeous combination it’s a bit on the heavy side to carry around all day.

    Anyone got any suggestions for a lighter alternative? Happy to compromise on max aperture but it needs to work full frame...
  2. doodah


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: London

    Well that rules out a lot of Sigma lenses :p
  3. Raymond Lin

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    mk2 is lighter
    There is a 24-70/4.0 L as well
  4. Steeps


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

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    Location: Bedfordshire

    The old Tamron 28-75 f2.8 is much lighter and cheap, think it's nearly half the weight but obviously the build quality is not as solid. Focus is a little slower/loud due to the motor used but always been happy with the sharpness of the copy I have.
  5. a1ex2001


    Joined: 14 Mar 2005

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    Location: Here and There...

    I had one which was great until I dropped my camera and basically snapped it in half! If you want f2.8 in a modern lens it is going to be hefty you could always go the classic 24-105mm F4 route lighter and still a decent piece of glass for every day shooting. Throw a light weight prime in your pocket incase you need something fast.