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02-22-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Just wondering because I will be purchasing a Sigma 70-200mm (50-135mm isn't long enough for my taste) if the an aperture of 4 is bright enough? Hopefully I will have a flash, 70-200mm, and a 16-45mm by the Christmas. All replies will be appreciated.

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what kind of street photography are you doing?
most people do street photography with 35mm and 50mm lenses :S
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I've walked around Manhattan on purpose with a 70-210 lens. It limited what I could do - even 50mm at the wide end would have been better. Most of the shooting was at or near the wide end of things. A wide to 70/80 mm lens would be ideal... or in purist terms a 24/28/35 on a dSLR.
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There is only one answer for this mate.....DA40 LTD

very discrete lens looks like ur a P&S

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If you are going for primes, i'll suggest the 28mm ('normal' FOV in Film - 43mm).
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It helps to define what you mean by "street" photography. i think of it as candids of people in a city environment where you're equally concerned with the people and the city. As such, I don't you need a particular "fast" lens unless you're plannign on doing this primarily at night. As for focal length, I see that as vartying wildy from shot to shot - probably the sort of situation where I'm most likely to think about a zoom as oppose to a prime. But I do like my DA40 a lot fo this, and my M28/2.8. Sometimes I want somethign more telephoto, but my M100/2.8 is usually too much, so I'm thinking the DA70 would be great. But what this really suggests is that the Tamron 28-75/2.8 would be awesome, or perhaps one of the 17-70's. Even though I said you don't need speed for this, however, I can't see spending money on a lens I could only use in daylight, so I'd probably go for the 28-75.

Of the lenses you list, I'd probably use the 16-45. No way would the 70-200 be of any use to me - for this or any other purpose, really. I'd be sending that back in favor of the 50-135 in a heartbeat, because 50-135 is a far better range for portraits, concerts, and other things that interest me. Not so hot for wildlife or outdoor sports, I guess, but that's not my thing. But neither would be my choice for street photography.
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it depends how you shoot. I kind of have a bias in this area as I do a fair amount of "street" and am a firm believer in actually being in the thick of things, and hence, use wide/normal lenses. With the K20d I typically will use 31 or 43ltd. With my DLux4 I am between 24 and 60mm effective. I am *not* a fan of using a long lens and being a voyeur. I think to really understand the energy of a situation you need to be somewhat close. The trick to me is finding the balance between seeing it yet not disturbing it.
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On digital I like to use 31 for streetphotography, on film I like 43 the best.

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As I've always said, the longer the lens, the less chance of getting punched out.

But, where's the fun in that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by nostatic Quote
I think to really understand the energy of a situation you need to be somewhat close. The trick to me is finding the balance between seeing it yet not disturbing it.
Not a practitioner of Gonzo photography, I presume.

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