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08-01-2010, 05:36 PM   #61
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As a film shooter my K105/2.8 seems to work the best. It has enough reach for “non permission” shots and if you do get permission to take someone’s picture, it’s a great portrait lens. I like shooting at fast shutter speeds to freeze motion and this lens is also fast enough to accomplish that. The K105/2.8 lens is also small enough not to attract too much attention.

Other lenses that I have tried are:

K50 & K55mm primes: Good for crowd shooting on streets and have enough reach to capture details. People don’t notice you that much, as these lenses are smaller.

K85/1.8: The best if you have permission to take someone’s picture. It’s a great portrait lens, with a nice soft focus area beyond your subject.

K135/2.5: The best for distance in non permission shots, but attracts too much attention due to its size.

One lens I still have to try for street shooting is my K120/2.8; it should also work out well.


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I don't do a lot of street shooting but if pressed I would try the following from my collection:

For people shots

K 200/2.5 - fast, sharp with enough distance for ambush portraits,
A 100/2.8 macro - fast, sharp and not as heavy as the K 200/2.5

For everything else

DA* 15-50/2.8 - a tad heavy but fast, sharp, great colours and versatile enough for indoor and outdoor shots.

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That's a great idea Tom, I never thought about trying my K200/2.5! I'll add it to my list of lenses to try in street shooting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
That's a great idea Tom, I never thought about trying my K200/2.5! I'll add it to my list of lenses to try in street shooting.
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Hey Phil,

The 200mm focal length doesn't seem to get a lot of love for some reason. For my money the K 200/2.5 can't be beat for a walk around lens. It has more reach than your K 135/2.5 and it's just as fast. Take it out for a spin and see what you think.

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What would you shoot with a 200mm lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
What would you shoot with a 200mm lens?
Same stuff you would shoot with most other lenses Javier except from a little further away.

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Those are helluva long focal lengths for street photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by CWyatt Quote
Those are helluva long focal lengths for street photography.
Perhaps. I do most of my shooting with telephoto lenses so 200mm doesn't seem

long to me at all. If you have a 135 or 200 take it to the streets and experiment. It

will be a challenge and it might be fun as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Same stuff you would shoot with most other lenses Javier except from a little further away.

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I understand. I tried a 135 on a film body and felt it was too long. I could not get those up close and personal shots. But like Like I tell everyone, the best lens is the one you will use.

Personally, on film I find the 40mm to be about right, maybe a hair long. On APS-C I have been using my DA21 or one of the many 24mm primes I have.
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