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What lens do you like for "candid" photography?

 
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Aug 16, 2013 07:46 |  #16

70-200 f2.8L II is my fav as I don't have to be close to the subject.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:06 |  #17

70-200, especially with kids, and the 40mm pancake when I want discreet and to include more of the scene




  
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Aug 16, 2013 08:13 |  #18

For street candids 135f2L or 200 2.8L is more subtle than a big white lens :) but a MILC is even better for shooting unnoticed.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:16 |  #19

I am with several others here and immediately thought of the 70-200. This is of course assuming you are not sitting in a small room with the object you plan to photograph. If it is a smaller more intimate gathering, I would likely rely on my Sigma 30 1.4. It is sharp enough that even if I have to take shots from across the room, I can still crop and make it appear tighter if necessary.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:18 |  #20

On FF it would be my 100mm f2, if i knew i would have freedom to move around, if not my 50mm f/1.4 or 24-70 f/2.8 II.
On crop it would be more likely my 24-70, or 40mm pancake.

I dont have the people skill to go up to strangers, so for street shooting i always prefer longer, but for family and friends gathering i dont really mind what i use, i just love my 100 f/2 more than my other lenses, and it does isolate the subjects well, and gives a nice overall image. I dont like too much background clutter.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:58 |  #21

I prefer the 24-70mm for such things:

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It lets me get good close-up shots when the subjects are aware of me, and also some medium unaware shots.

I don't use my 70-200mm so much, because it requires me to be too far away from the subjects.

But I have to admit that I'm not a prime guy, and I've never brought my 50mm lens to such a gathering. Maybe I should try that next time.




  
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Aug 16, 2013 09:28 |  #22

I prefer my nifty fifty for candids, and am actually considering the 40mm pancake. Why? Because the lenses are so small that they don't make your subjects freeze like deer in headlights when you point the camera at them. When my 24-70 was my only lens, I could never get actual candid shots, everyone knew when I was taking a picture of them and would either freeze and look awkward, or pose for a picture when I just wanted a natural looking shot.

The 50mm stopped down to 2.5 or so really isn't bad. It's a little tight even on full frame for indoor shots at restaurants though. I'd get the Sigma 35 but it's not a particularly small lens either, hence why I want to try the 40mm.


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Aug 16, 2013 09:34 |  #23

Yes, i got my 40mm because it could be used wide open, unlike my 50mm f/1.4
Each has its place though.


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Aug 16, 2013 09:53 |  #24

I've done some street snaps with my 5D and a 50mm (f/1.8) but last year I bought an old 30mm MF lens and like that fl much better. So now I'm thinking of getting a 35mm. Just not sure which one. I don't do enough street shots to justify buying the 35L so was thinking of the old 35 f/2: small, light, cheap, and from what I read, pretty good still.


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Aug 17, 2013 14:07 |  #25

I'm moving away from DSLRs for my candid shots of friends and my street shooting. I just can't seem to get many actual candid pictures with such a large, loud camera. I'm currently looking into purchasing a Micro Four-Thirds camera for such occasions.



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Aug 17, 2013 20:20 |  #26

-dave-m- wrote in post #16212328 (external link)
Black lenses seem to work better for me, any time I have used a white lens it just gets too much attention and ruins most of the opportunity for candids. People seem to take less notice even with larger black lenses like my 200L 2.8 prime with hood.

I agree 100% with Dave. I've been hired on several occasions to do candid photos at outdoor gatherings... a wedding reception, a birthday celebration, a corporate event. My go to lens was the inconspicuous black 200mm 2.8 on 2 occasions, and the 70-200mm f4 IS on the other. The one time I used the zoom, at least 80 % of the photos were at 200mm or close. Both lenses did a great job, but the next time I do one of these, I'll go with the faster black prime. The long lens assured the photos were totally candid, which is exactly the kind of shots I was hired to take.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 23:35 |  #27

ejackso1 wrote in post #16216349 (external link)
I'm moving away from DSLRs for my candid shots of friends and my street shooting. I just can't seem to get many actual candid pictures with such a large, loud camera. I'm currently looking into purchasing a Micro Four-Thirds camera for such occasions.

EOS-M + 22 for close proximity

or dslr like 6d + 135 + silent shutter for rangy candids.


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Aug 18, 2013 03:43 |  #28

dave_bass5 wrote in post #16212712 (external link)
On FF it would be my 100mm f2, if i knew i would have freedom to move around, if not my 50mm f/1.4 or 24-70 f/2.8 II.
On crop it would be more likely my 24-70, or 40mm pancake.

I dont have the people skill to go up to strangers, so for street shooting i always prefer longer, but for family and friends gathering i dont really mind what i use, i just love my 100 f/2 more than my other lenses, and it does isolate the subjects well, and gives a nice overall image. I dont like too much background clutter.

+1

I use my 100mm f/2 for street candid a lot. It's small , light , focuses fast and has great PQ. Another lens I would bring is either the 17-40L or Tamron 28-75. I tend to avoid bringing the 70-200 IS II for street candid as it's not stealthy at all.


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Aug 18, 2013 03:56 |  #29
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Aug 19, 2013 15:27 |  #30

Outdoors its my 70-200 non is, great for taking shots of people without them knowing... Sounds creepy!




  
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