Originally Posted by back alley
is there an ideal focal length for street shootng?
is there a lens too long for street shooting?
i have to admit to being a bit rigid in my own thinking about what lenses are 'best' for street and even more so in thinking that longer teles are a real no-no for street.
in fact, i think long lenses are 'cheating' when it come to street shooting…like the photgrapher lacks the courage to get close.
what do you think?
I don't believe in any right/wrong lenses. Longer lenses may show a a reticence to get close, but also it'll mean that the photographer's presence will not interfere with the shot.
If you lack the courage to get up close, I guess a street photographer has options:
1) Overcome the fear.
2) Only take pictures of people's backs.
3) Use a longer lens.
Most seem to pick no. 2 and denigrate those who choose no. 3. (not talking about you, Joe, just a general vibe on RFF).