chngster wrote in post #17381055
I guess this question is for anyone who uses dual lenses for street photography. How do you decide the type of situations to switch lenses? What is your thought process, because to me there always seems to be a lot of compromise and missed opportunities when using one or the other. How do you minimise switching?
As a hobbyist that doesn't have to worry about coverage, I can say that I've found it rarely ever matters what lens I'm using - there's always a picture to be had with any focal length. If I see a composition but don't have the lens for it at the moment, I'm forced to then look for another angle using what I do have. Sometimes this means having a tighter crop on a selected subject, or it means having an environmental portrait instead of a tight one, or it could mean doing some foot zooming or repositioning myself. As a result some of the shots I've gotten I've been extremely happy with because I was forced to rethink my initial visualization of a scene; zooms make me lazy, and this is why I generally prefer primes.
This being said however, I do have a strategy when out and about. If I'm going on a trip that requires a walk back to my car, such as a hike, I'll put one lens on and use it for the hike up, and use another lens on the way back. I'll keep mental tabs on compositions I see and note it for the way back when I'm using that other lens.
Of course this doesn't always work, so I've split up my kit into 2 sets for different occasions, and have tried to get faster at switching lenses when needed. For hikes and landscape, I'll take a 16-35 and a 70-300L. This is to reduce weight and lens switching on rough terrain. For street or night time, I'll take a 24L, 50 and 135L.