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09-09-2015, 08:45 AM   #31
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If anyone is interested in a film street shooting option I have a Pentax UC-1 in the marketplace. The UC-1 was called the Espio Mini outside the USA. It has a fixed 32mm f3.5 lens that is really nice. It is full frame - 35mm film - and tiny.

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For film street photography...

The P30T and DA 35 2.4 is a cheap, very high quality setup (must be used in P mode though):



I like it because to me 35mm is the ideal street photography FL.

But the M 50 1.7 is a very small lens, and I can deal with 50mm when walking around (on FF). The Tokina 24mm f2.8 is also surprisingly small, considering how wide it is. My copy has some issues before f5.6 but others have reported their copies are sharp from wide open (mine is badged Rokinon but it's identical to a Tokina RMC).

Here's both of them with the P30T and the ZX-M, both very small cameras as far as 24x36mm go.


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Vanya, if I were in the US *I* would buy your camera
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
The P30T and DA 35 2.4 is a cheap, very high quality setup
Looks good too.

The ability to function with optically compatible DA lenses is one of the reasons I'm fond of the P3 series cameras. It also helps that the P30T has aperture priority capability with pre-A-series lenses, if you decide you want it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by joebarfly Quote
I'm finding myself taking snapshots at family events and also will have an opportunity to walk the streets of NYC in the near future. My budget can't really handle another camera so what would be the ideal lens to turn my K50 into a 'street' camera. My thinking is that if I mount the right prime I can set the camera up in a set and forget it mode and concentrate on the pictures. And of course satisfy a little LBA.
DA21mm is a great lens for this kind of photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
Vanya, if I were in the US *I* would buy your camera
If I was in a more urban area and still shot film it would not be for sale. LOL. The 35mm f/3.5 lens is supposedly pretty amazing. The camera is totally automatic which is a turn off but the pictures I found in various flickr albums are stunning. Rangefinders have been the de facto gold standard for street photography for many years. My old Yashica Electro 35 CC would be another good choice. SIMPLE and small is the key.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
Looks good too.

The ability to function with optically compatible DA lenses is one of the reasons I'm fond of the P3 series cameras. It also helps that the P30T has aperture priority capability with pre-A-series lenses, if you decide you want it.
That's how I use it, with a manual lens in Av mode. The DA 35 is unfortunately glued to the K-r that we keep at home mostly for my wife's use, so I have to make with other lenses...

But back to the P30T - for street photography, a 35mm lens (or 28mm lens) and hyperfocal combined with Av mode and you can shoot from the hip whenever you want to. Or just take the camera to your eye and snap a quick shot.

But I have to say, something like a K-S1 with a DA 21 would be a perfect street photography setup.
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I was actually looking at an Oly Trip XB3 - 35mm f/5.6 lens, but it's only 5€ so w/e...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
I was actually looking at an Oly Trip XB3 - 35mm f/5.6 lens, but it's only 5 so w/e...
Cheap is fun.
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I just came back from NY.
If you want to shot streets with people as a subject, 21mm ltd, and 70mm ltd worked for me just fine. If you want to shot buildings or inside cathedrals, 21mm is not wide enough there, not even mentioning 70mm. I wanted wider, like 10-20mm , or 15mm for architecture all the time.

Also, in Metropolitan museum I wanted something around 40-50mm with macro capabilitie only because I have an interest in jewelry, and 21mm worked great for everything but jewelry details I was interested in. Next time I will bring my manual takumar 50mm f4 macro there for jewelry and tiny sculptures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I just came back from NY.
If you want to shot streets with people as a subject, 21mm ltd, and 70mm ltd worked for me just fine. If you want to shot buildings or inside cathedrals, 21mm is not wide enough there, not even mentioning 70mm. I wanted wider, like 10-20mm , or 15mm for architecture all the time.

Also, in Metropolitan museum I wanted something around 40-50mm with macro capabilitie only because I have an interest in jewelry, and 21mm worked great for everything but jewelry details I was interested in. Next time I will bring my manual takumar 50mm f4 macro there for jewelry and tiny sculptures.
Remember that on film cameras the lenses will appear wider. So the 35mm mentioned for film will be quite similar to your 21. A 32mm will be almost if not identical in FOV.
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Ooops, I thought we are talking about K50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
Ooops, I thought we are talking about K50.
LOL - both. The idea was a lens for the K50 and then the idea came up that using a film camera might also be acceptable. Sorry for the confusion.
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I must admit my street work is usually done with (20mm or even 15mm) a lot wider than some of the other suggestions.

For me "If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough" a phrase often attributed to Robert Capa, co-founder of Magnum Photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
I must admit my street work is usually done with (20mm or even 15mm) a lot wider than some of the other suggestions.

For me "If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough" a phrase often attributed to Robert Capa, co-founder of Magnum Photos.
That's how Eric Kim puts it. Go for a wide angle lens and get close.
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