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    DPP Member ysabelacortez's Avatar
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    Re: Best lens for Street Photography



    what is best depends on the purpose of your walk & changing environment, you will not be shooting telephoto on portrait, & vice versa or 50mm on wide angle shot or a 50 on macro.

    in a street photo you will encounter changing environment, better pack your bag & carry your stuff than be unfortunate if you failed to carry what is the best lens for a particular shot. Don't want to hear: "I'm sorry"

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    Re: Best lens for Street Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny Thakur View Post
    Use what the greats used. 35mm ;)
    or a 50mm (on full frame) else yes go 28 or 35mm on crop.
    24mm on crop if you want 35mm - I started with this

    35 vs 50, it's personal preference.
    Personally I find the 35 f2 AF more reliable on the streets than my Sigma 50 f1.4 but for portraits hands down the Sigma.
    Plus the 35 f2 is smaller thus creates less attention.

    Quote Originally Posted by ysabelacortez View Post
    what is best depends on the purpose of your walk & changing environment, you will not be shooting telephoto on portrait, & vice versa or 50mm on wide angle shot or a 50 on macro.

    in a street photo you will encounter changing environment, better pack your bag & carry your stuff than be unfortunate if you failed to carry what is the best lens for a particular shot. Don't want to hear: "I'm sorry"
    things can happens so quickly on the street though that at times you don't have time to change lens.
    when I do street shooting, I usually carry only 1 or 2 lens but 99% of the time will be using only 1 lens.
    Reason being is it trains my eyes, keeps me aware of the lens limitation and how to work around it.
    Sure I may miss some shots but at the same time I may have captured something else instead


    I've used all of my lenses for street shooting and my opinion for each
    17-40 - UWA project, great for crowded locations, can zoom to 40mm to isolate 1-3 people.
    @17mm

    IMG_6925-5D.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr

    24-105 - really versatile, I shoot from the hip at 24mm most of the time but I can zoom to 70-105 to isolate an object or individual
    @24mm

    IMG_7895-5D.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr
    @102mm

    IMG_8407-5D.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr

    35 f/2 - small and inconspicuous, great all around

    IMG_6578-5D.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr

    50 f/1.4 - 1.4 for low light, great all around

    IMG_5582.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr

    135 f/2 - great bokeh, telephoto that allows you to shoot more apart from your target

    IMG_5896-5D.jpg by earl.dieta, on Flickr
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    DPP Member Russell Olaguer's Avatar
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    Re: Best lens for Street Photography

    It really depends on the way you shoot and what you want to achieve in your photos.

    When I go street shooting, I want to travel light.
    I usually bring only one lens. Prime.
    I zoom using my feet.

    On an APS-C body, the primes that I use are 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm.
    Before I go to the street, I ask myself first.
    What do I want to shoot?
    If I want street documentary, I'll pick my 24mm or 35mm.
    If I want street portraiture, I'll pick my 35mm or 50mm.

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    Re: Best lens for Street Photography

    "the best lens is the one you have" ;)

    but no really, id probably go for a wide prime cause:

    -wide=larger depth of field..which translate to less chances of ruining a shot by misfocus at night time.
    a very shallow depth of field will isolate the subject and give you great bokeh, sure. but it will be trickier to do so at night or when its a fast paced environment where youd really have to move quick to get that shot.

    -obviously, primes will be faster.

    -theyre much smaller..wont draw attention to you, ruining your chance at a great shot if youre subject is trying to pose for you.
    ...and better mobility/lighter

    there are more but ill have to wake up soon

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    Re: Best lens for Street Photography



    anything not longer than 50mm you will be taking pictures of people not of wild animals they wont bite you im sure
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