Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 21 May 2014 (Wednesday) 16:09
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Best lens for street photography

 
hiketheplanet
Senior Member
Avatar
666 posts
Gallery: 8 photos
Likes: 14
Joined May 2013
     
May 22, 2014 17:16 |  #31

justinbeisner wrote in post #16923144 (external link)
Thanks everyone for the replies! They've been really helpful. Here's (external link) a couple shots from the past two days.

Good work. Most of these were shot with the 28 Im guessing? Anyway would just say the framing looks similar to what I get on my 6D + 35mm. Just throwing that out there as a reference point for you.

Edit: and by "framing" I mean what is typically considered an attractive framing/subject distance for 35mm when you're taking perspective distortion into consideration. This is of course 100% subjective, but it is representative of a lot of 35mm work.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Otohp
Senior Member
331 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Dec 2011
Location: Oregon, USA
     
May 22, 2014 17:18 |  #32

justinbeisner wrote in post #16923144 (external link)
Thanks everyone for the replies! They've been really helpful. Here's (external link) a couple shots from the past two days.

nice work Justin!

:cool:

Otohp.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
bjonesy77
Member
77 posts
Likes: 2
Joined Mar 2014
     
May 22, 2014 21:08 |  #33

taemo wrote in post #16923085 (external link)
there's no right body or lens for street, go with what you have right now.
the 60D + 28mm is actually a pretty good starter giving you a 45mm equiv focal length.

if you find that you are shy and want to shoot at a distant, the 85mm will do wonder on your 60D.

I've been contemplating a 28 and an 85mm to complement my 50 but I've found 50mm to be a good focal range for me when doing portraits/still life but I've been using my 17-85 kit for street stuff.

The tamron 17-50 2.8 non VC is apparently a very sold lens that I've been eyeing.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Fester
Senior Member
814 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Sep 2011
Location: Texas, South of the border of Mexico
     
May 22, 2014 21:13 |  #34

24-105 will give you more options on the street with enough background blur for street shots
Any fixed will leave you wishing you had more reach or something wider.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
jefzor
Senior Member
788 posts
Gallery: 5 photos
Best ofs: 2
Likes: 24
Joined Jul 2013
     
May 23, 2014 00:10 |  #35

I actually found primes faster to use than zooms for street photography. Hard to explain why, but with a prime your focal length is always the same, so you can quickly get in the right position and prevision your composition before you even raise the camera to your eye. For me, walking around feels more intuitive than zooming. Also, most primes are smaller, so a bit more discrete. Sure you can't "get everything", but I'd get even less with a zoom, because I'd miss moments by not noticing them or being too slow.

But that's just me, maybe a zoom fits you better.


www.jefpauwels.be (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
InfiniteDivide
"I wish to be spared"
Avatar
2,844 posts
Gallery: 265 photos
Likes: 217
Joined Dec 2013
Location: Kawasaki, Japan
     
May 23, 2014 00:23 |  #36

^ I totally agree with this. I get use to seeing the frame with the prime before I am shooting the photo.
Whether it is my 24mm, my 40mm, or my 100mm. I start to see photos before I take them.
It has also improved my composition, as with a zoom, I felt like I was just taking snapshots, not photos.
There are times when a zoom is more convenient, but I often use my primes wide open or close to it.


James Patrus
6D | 16-35L F4 | 24L II | 50L | 100L | |  -> Website (external link) & Gallery (external link)
For Sale:Canon 16-35mm f4 IS l Do you enjoy Super Famicom games? (external link) PM me directly.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
tonylong
...winded
Avatar
54,657 posts
Gallery: 60 photos
Likes: 545
Joined Sep 2007
Location: Vancouver, WA USA
     
May 23, 2014 00:34 |  #37

jefzor wrote in post #16923889 (external link)
I actually found primes faster to use than zooms for street photography. Hard to explain why, but with a prime your focal length is always the same, so you can quickly get in the right position and prevision your composition before you even raise the camera to your eye. For me, walking around feels more intuitive than zooming. Also, most primes are smaller, so a bit more discrete. Sure you can't "get everything", but I'd get even less with a zoom, because I'd miss moments by not noticing them or being too slow.

But that's just me, maybe a zoom fits you better.

InfiniteDivide wrote in post #16923903 (external link)
^ I totally agree with this. I get use to seeing the frame with the prime before I am shooting the photo.
Whether it is my 24mm, my 40mm, or my 100mm. I start to see photos before I take them.
It has also improved my composition, as with a zoom, I felt like I was just taking snapshots, not photos.
There are times when a zoom is more convenient, but I often use my primes wide open or close to it.

OK, sure, a popular and understandable point-of-view! And, I see some great shots from prime shooters.

However, I have often found a "spot" of shooting that gives me a "view" from which I can't really just walk back-and-forth I can take the time to frame the shot and even to wait for a "moment" and shoot it, whether I frame it at 24mm, 50mm, or 105mm, I can do it!

Now, if I was using a prime, I might just walk away from a scene that I knew I couldn't "properly" frame, and sure, one would do that with a zoom as well, it's just that I don't walk away from some that with a prime I likely would have!:)


Tony
Two Canon cameras (5DC, 30D), three Canon lenses (24-105, 100-400, 100mm macro)
Tony Long Photos on PBase (external link)
Wildlife project pics here (external link), Biking Photog shoots here (external link), "Suburbia" project here (external link)! Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood pics here (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
InfiniteDivide
"I wish to be spared"
Avatar
2,844 posts
Gallery: 265 photos
Likes: 217
Joined Dec 2013
Location: Kawasaki, Japan
     
May 23, 2014 01:32 |  #38

^ I definitely here what your saying, and that is one of the major benefit of having a zoom lens.
There has been many times when I did not have the 'right' prime attached. If I had a zoom I would have the shot.
I don't shoot sports, where distance and location may be fixed. A long prime lens may be trumped by a zoom.
I often have my 24L or 40 stm attached as I can crop an image I take on the fly or on a whim.
It seems that when I have my 100L attached, I miss some brief action in the scene because it's too long.
I would rather crop much of my image with my 24mm than only get half of the action with my 100mm :)


James Patrus
6D | 16-35L F4 | 24L II | 50L | 100L | |  -> Website (external link) & Gallery (external link)
For Sale:Canon 16-35mm f4 IS l Do you enjoy Super Famicom games? (external link) PM me directly.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sjones
Goldmember
Avatar
2,225 posts
Likes: 188
Joined Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
     
May 23, 2014 06:29 |  #39

justinbeisner wrote in post #16920669 (external link)
Recently my passions have switched to street photography and using primes can be tricky I feel like. I currently have a 60D, 28mm 2.5, 50mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.4. With graduation coming up, I'm buying a 5d Mk II with some of the money I'll get and replace my 60D. Now the question is what lens should I get? I'm thinking of replacing the 50 and 85 and getting either a 24-70 or 24-105 L.

Another option is to pick up a cheap manual focus only lens with a depth-of-field scale, which you can then use for zone focusing. When I’m taking a relatively up-close candid, I like to have everything set before the viewfinder reaches my eye. This way, the camera is only up to my eye for a second or so.

Zone focusing helps facilitate this quick approach, and you don’t need to worry about focusing and then recomposing. It’s also useful should you want to literately shoot from the hip.

Of course, as other have said, there’s a lot of personal preference and style involved, but from what I see, you already have some excellent lenses from which to start. You might want to experiment with these focal lengths to better define your preferences.

For example, I like wide angle street shots, but personally, I find it more natural to shoot with a 50mm (normal), and I have absolutely no desire to use anything longer.

So at this stage, just explore; see what best serves your style.


Sept 2017-July 2018 (external link)
Manual Focus; only for street photography amateurs...
It's the Photographer (external link) | God Loves Photoshop (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

6,987 views & 0 likes for this thread
Best lens for street photography
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Sacramento Taxi
915 guests, 283 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.