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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:15 am 
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I have the Canon 60D...and am wondering what a suitable lens would be for taking photos of people on the street?

Currently I have the 18-135mm IS kit lens and I think it's a bit ostentatious for aiming at strangers on the street.

Is there a lens that is smaller...like pug nosed? Something that is technically suitable for this kind of photography and small?

Do/ would people even use a 60D to take street shots? Or would they use something with a much smaller body/ different design entirely?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:41 am 
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if you are looking for a smaller lens, how about a prime? Like the 50mm f1.4 or the f1.8
The f1.8 won't break the bank ether so that's always nice :)
altough USM focussing is also nice..

they are also great for low-light photography..

I'm a beginner but it's just an idea :D

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:54 am 
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the 35mm is the most brilliant prime for street on DX. I love my 18-105mm range,but there's certain moments where you don't have time to zoom & compose. besides,the low F in the primes is very useful for street.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:02 am 
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Maybe I will buy that cheap 50mm Canon lens for starters


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:21 am 
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well for pictures of people, i guess random people doing their thing, and capturing it in a form of street photography i think you will need something longer since people move away when you try to shoot them from up close, or even try to pose or be offensive.
with longer lens you can just look like shooting a building behind your subject or something so they wont interfere with shot..
one thing though, watch out if you plan to publish those photos online, some people like it, others may not..

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Well how close would I have to be with a 50mm?

I don't want to fill the frame with a single face...I want some action...some depth to the shot....sure I want a subject of sorts...but I want some of the street so to speak there as well.

I don't want to take the subject out of the context


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:09 pm 
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It may be a stupid idea, but maybe you could set your current lens @50mm and see if the focal lenght is good enough for you... :roll:

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Ruben has some sound advice (everyone in this thread, of course), but do keep in mind that your depth of field will be much shallower with a 50 1.8, than with your kitlens set to 50mm.

I personally like 85mm better than 50mm, but I know for a fact that our forum mod Bjorn prefers his 50. To each his own :)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:32 pm 
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I prefer the 28mm as walk-around for streetphotography! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:35 pm 
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I'm only against using the kit 18-135mm lens in that it is a bit large to be pointing in people's faces...I've never done street photography, and have only just gotten into photography itself. I thought it would be a bit more than I could handle to be poking the 18-135mm lens at people on the street.

I guess to me it seems more threatening than the 50mm.

I bought the cheap 50mm today...I am still nervous about trying to take street shots.

Thanks for the advice


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The only reason anyone would get anoyed of you taking photos in the street is if it looked like the camera was pointing directly at them and they were the main subject.

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Nice, altough I would be carefull since the f1.8 is famous for breaking so quickly if you drop it :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:50 am 
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No doubt...but I'm not really planning on dropping it...or any part of my camera...if I can help it


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