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07-28-2008, 03:06 AM   #1
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best choice for street?

about you waht is the best choice for "street"?

tamron 28-75mm ?
pentax 16-50mm ?
pentax 50-135mm ?

07-28-2008, 04:10 AM   #2
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Depends on where the street is, eh?

In a country like the USA with mostly wide city streets, I favor my DA 18-250.
In Central American & Mediterranean villages with narrow streets, a DA 10-17.
In mining towns with dark underground streets, my FA 50/1.4 and Vivitar 24/2.

Actually, on my last long Mexico drive, I only had the first 3 lenses and they did quite well. I suppose the DA* 16-50/2.8 could almost replace the latter two primes, if I had an extra US$800 laying around. The Tamron SP 28-75/2.8 isn't quite as good a fit, but it's rather more affordable at around US$350. But with FF (full-frame) cams coming, I think any HF (half-frame) lens is a bad buy, UNLESS IT'S EXACTLY THE TOOL YOU NEED FOR CURRENT WORK and you don't intend to buy a FF cam soon.

Oh yeah: If the 'street' is in ancient ruins, I prefer a Vivitar 90/2.8 long macro.
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I would say 16-50. Wide angle is almost a necessity for street photography. That said, I plan to aquire the 21 and 40mm primes for my street setup in the coming weeks....and eventually the 70

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FA* 28-70mm F2.8

I do not like much about zoom lenses, but that Pentax is quite ok.
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S-M-C Takumar 35/3.5 or the 28/3.5
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i'd go for the 16-50mm f2.8
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DA 12-24, or sigma 10-20, or sigma 12-24.
Those focal length seam like they would be perfect for "street" shooting if you want to concentrate on the street.

If by "street", you mean the people in the street and the street, the sigma 17-70, the tamron 17-50, or the DA* 16-50 would all work.

If only the people in the streets are interesting you, then tamron 28-75 or FA* 28-70.

Of course, all this is true only if you are looking for a zoom and if primes are not an option.

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thanks for info.

and about pentax 50-135mm ?

it is not for street?
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QuoteOriginally posted by platinum Quote
thanks for info.

and about pentax 50-135mm ?

it is not for street?
I think the *50-135 could be useful for street work if you're shooting people from a distance either further down the same side of the street or across the street. For buildings, you're better off going with one of the wider choices.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I think the *50-135 could be useful for street work if you're shooting people from a distance either further down the same side of the street or across the street. For buildings, you're better off going with one of the wider choices.

HTH,
Heather

What Heather said.

Also, the Tamron/Pentax 18-250 is an excellent choice if you're going to want both wide-angle architecture and up-close people shots.

IQ-wise, the DA* 50-135 is the absolute best possible choice for mostly-people shooting.

If budget is an issue, the SMC-M 135mm f/3.5 or Super Takumar 135 f/3.5 are wonderful, and can pretty much get you IQ as good as the DA* 50-135 at 135mm.


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Funny you ask this question because I have all 3 of those lenses.

With my style of street shooting the DA*50-135 gets the most use. 2nd would be the Tammy 28-75 but thats now for sale My DA*16-50 gets used mainly for studio use.
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A good ol' 400mm prime.

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Any lens is fine for street shooting. It's a very general term. I've used everything from 12mm to 400 +TC's for this. Maybe you want people shots and not let them know. Long glass is required as Miserere just showed. Maybe they are building shots and you need 10 or 12 mm.

It's what you make it and the theme you are following for the day.
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What Peter said. My point exactly.
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