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03-14-2011, 05:36 PM - 1 Like   #16
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My favourite primes are the DA15, FA31 and DA70, but for street shooting I mostly use the DA21. It's a great focal length for what I like to take pics of anyway. You can use any length though.

Here's examples of street shots with various primes

DA15


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03-15-2011, 02:10 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
You can use any length though.
indeed you can, but for someone who is wanting to get started I think it is a bit unfair to expect them to use an ultrawide lens - as posted above somewhere with wide angle lenses you have to get close and that is something that is a bit of a ticklish issue with street photography. I prefer lenses in the "normal" focal length category because they are fast, they are relatively compact, and they are easier to work with due to their natural perspective, Wide angle lenses tend to impose perspective - making objects closer to the photographer appear larger than they are.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
indeed you can, but for someone who is wanting to get started I think it is a bit unfair to expect them to use an ultrawide lens
A DA21 an ultra wide? Seriously, it's barely even wide
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
A DA21 an ultra wide? Seriously, it's barely even wide
many people were recommending the DA15 which sits squarely in the ultra wide category.

03-15-2011, 06:37 AM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
many people were recommending the DA15 which sits squarely in the ultra wide category.
Wide, but definitely NOT ultra wide. No way, not even close.
03-15-2011, 07:10 AM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
Wide, but definitely NOT ultra wide. No way, not even close.
I'm aware this is a very subjective thing, but to me anything 24mm and wider is an ultra-wide whether it is used on 35mm or APS-C . The fastest ultrawide lens I have for my Leica M9 is a Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 - which substantially wider than the stock standard Leica summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens I have used for over 12 years.

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03-15-2011, 07:21 AM   #22
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FWIW, Wiki defines an ultra wide angle lens as <= 24mm on FF and <= 15mm on APS-C.
That said, the DA15 has an 86 field of view which is **wide**. The 21, by comparison, has a 68 FOV.

QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
Wide, but definitely NOT ultra wide. No way, not even close.
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24mm is just a little longer than *wide* (35mm on film).

21 is wide.

15 is *just* ultrawide.

me? I like ultralong .

http://www.digitalpixels.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/sigma-200-500.jpg

03-15-2011, 08:14 AM   #24
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QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
Wide, but definitely NOT ultra wide. No way, not even close.
The numbers I've seen cited time and again for ultrawide on film are 20 and 24 (and wider, of course), which would put the 15 at the narrow end of ultrawide by traditional definitions.
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Focal Lengths: As mentioned, it's subjective. We could use a formula like: 2/3 normal= wide, 1/2 normal= very wide, 1/3 normal= ultrawide. On our APS-C sensors, normal= 30mm, so 20mm= wide, 15mm= very wide, and 10mm= ultrawide. Or devise your own taxonomy. Whatever.

Streetshooting: As mentioned, many focal lengths are suitable, depending on the street. 18-55 is a good street range, as are 35-70, and 28-80, and what have you. I may shoot streets with 10-24 or 18-250 or 35-70 AF zooms, or with fast 16-24-35-50-85 primes (almost all manual), or with slow 21-40-50-100-200 primes (all manual). Ain't no single street lens.
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