I just purchased a very low mileage 5Dmk4, and I need some lenses now. I really liked my EFS 17-55 on my crop camera and used it almost all the time. The range of this 24-70 is what I want but it doesn’t have IS. I’ve been reading so many different opinions but looking for one more from this group! Will I miss the IS? I’m mostly NOT using a tripod, only if the exposure will be too long.
Thank you in advance.
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This is one of Canon's best workhorse lenses. Its extremely light and very sharp.
At the time, I passed on it because I wanted IS in a do most anything walkaround lens. I purchased a Sigma Art in this FL. That lens was on my camera 85% of the time and went everywhere with me. IS is great for hand held video and shooting in low light without a flash. You can be tired and fatigued and get away with it. Conversely, having a constant f2.8 means you are going to get lots of light anyway.
I borrowed the Canon version from a friend and compared the two. The Canon minus IS is a lot lighter. About 3/4 of a lb. When you are carrying your camera all day, some people can really feel it. The extra weight never bothered me. Image wise, I couldn't see a big difference. In the majority of cases however, canon glass is often sharper corner to corner.
The Canon lens is an excellent mate for the 5D4. You'll not regret owning it.
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I own a copy of the 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM and haven't had any problems with the lens not having IS. I mainly use this lens outdoors. Sometimes indoors with bounced on camera flash with a fast enough shutter speed. To counteract any camera shake. How are you using this lens. Are you using this lens in low light indoors. Or are you using this lens outdoors.
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70mm at the long end isn't too long, so the rough rule of using 1/focal-length as a minimum shutter should give you lots of options for hand-held shots (e.g. being able to use down to around 1/80s).
The 5D IV has very good ISO performance, so if you can definitely increase the ISO should you need faster shutter speeds in lower-light scenarios.
Assuming also that your primary use-case (or only use case) is for photography? IS can be incredibly useful if you'll be doing video work.
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