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Mark Wallace: Hey everybody, welcome to Adorama TV. I'm Mark Wallace. Well, we've got a lot

of questions about lenses. Somebody wrote in and said 'Mark, if you could only buy one

lens, what lens would that be?'Well for me, it's a total no-brainer. It's the Canon 24-70mm

f/2.8L lens. I love this lens. It's a proven fact that if I only had one lens, I'd use

this lens because a lot of times when I travel I can only pack one lens. This is the one

I pack every single time. Now why is that?

Well, it's because this lens is a very versatile lens. At the 24mm side I can do scenic photography,

and at the 70mm side I can do nice portrait work. So I'm going to get some nice compression

at 70 and I'm going to get really, really nice wide open skies at 24. And it's a 2.8L,

which means that the aperture is nice and wide. Because it's an L lens, it's professional,

so I know that my chromatic aberration and sharpness are all there, it's all boiled in

right here.

I've taken this lens all over the world. I've taken it to India, Singapore, and Thailand,

and I think it's been to Japan, and Germany, and Italy and France, and you get the idea.

I've used this thing all over the place, I just love it. If you're a Nikon shooter, there

is a version that's also is a 24-70mm f/2.8 and it's a Nikon and it works...we've even

looked at this hand in hand. And a Nikon performs equally as well as the Canon. I like both

of these lenses. So if you only have one lens, and you're a shooter like me that does a lot

of travel photography and portrait work shooting mainly people this is the lens I recommend.

The Nikon is just over $1, 700 and the Canon is just under $$1, 400. The nice thing is

these things are going to last you for years and years and years and years. So if you're

doing a lot of stock photography and professional work, you'll make your money back very, very


The only one gripe I have about both of these lenses and that is that, when you zoom the

lens in and out, the barrel actually moves outside of the lens so dirt and grit can get

inside of your lens. I wish they would enclose this so it doesn't do that. So you do have

to have these lenses cleaned occasionally because of that. But other than that, I really

can't complain about either one of these lenses. They are really nice.

Well, that leads me to my next question, what if you could buy two lenses? Again, it's a

no-brainer for me. My trusty Canon 70-200 f/2.L is the one I use constantly. Infact,

it's really a tossup for me if it's the 24-70 or the 70-200. The only reason that I go with

the 24-70 over the 70-200 is that when I'm traveling, this thing is just too long of

a lens to do a lot of scenic work and it's a little intimidating when I'm doing street

photography. That's why this one wins out over this guy for me.

But for in the studio when you're doing studio work, the 70-200 for me is the choice lens

because of three things. One, it gives you perfect compression so you can get really

nice shallow depth of field and the background looks a little closer to your subject, you

have a nice comfortable distance working from your subject.

So when you're shooting people you're not right on top of them with a longer lens, and

it also has a nice feature when you're zooming in and out to get nice composition. So you

can zoom in and out on this 70-200 to get a medium shot, a tight shot, a wide shot,

all without having to move very much. So in the studio, this is my choice of lens.

If I could do two lenses, then it's the 24-70 and the 70-200 and it's seamless, from 70

to 70, so you're not missing anything. This guy here is not the IS lens. So if you're

doing a lot of scenic work, and I recommend that you get the image stabilized lens, not

this one, which is not image stabilized. If you're in the studio, you don't really need

an image stabilized lens.

Again, we looked at the Nikon version. This is the Nikon version. This is a 70-200 as

well. This one has vibration reduction which is Nikon's IS equivalent. It's a very nice

lens as well. So it behaves similarly to the Canon lens. So if you're a Nikon shooter,

check out the 70-200 f/2.8 on the Nikon side of things. The Canon lens is about $1, 200.

It doesn't have IS, so it's not image stabilized.

The Nikon version, which is image stabilized, is about $2, 200. It's a lot more expensive

for an image stabilized lens. Nikon does have a non-image stabilized lens for about $1,

100, but it's an 80-200mm lens so you're missing about 10mm of focal length when you go from

your 70- to your 80-. But I don't think people are going to recognize that too much.

OK. So there are my two choices. If I only had two lenses, it would be the 24-70 and

the 70-200. If I only had one lens, it would be the 24-70 for me.

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