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View Poll Results: What is your go-to lens for street photography?
28mm 27 15.70%
35mm 87 50.58%
50mm 39 22.67%
Other 19 11.05%
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Old 04-20-2019   #41
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If I carry one camera then it’ll have a 35mm on it. If I carry two then they’ll have 28/50 mounted.
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Old 04-20-2019   #42
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At this time, the 25mm/f4 Voigtlander Skopar Snapshot. On Bessa-L or R4M.
I would really like to try the Voigtlander 28mm/f2 or 21mm/f1.8 but have to sell a few cameras and lenses first.



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Old 04-20-2019   #43
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If i have one body, I'll take a 28mm.

If I have two bodies, I'll take a 28mm and a 50mm.
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Old 04-21-2019   #44
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If i have one body, I'll take a 28mm.

If I have two bodies, I'll take a 28mm and a 50mm.
Lately for me it’s just this. First read about this combination on RFF, being a mostly 35mm Summicron user for twenty years. I then used this combination on a trip to Europe in 2014 with the Monochrom. In Paris, and Nice it was perfect, although in the old city of Nice a 21 would have been better.

There is no wrong answer. I certainly agree with Erik about the 50. And clearly you should stick with what you know and are comfortable with. That might be the most important rule of photography equipment. For years I only had a 50. Once I got more lenses, out to the angle of view of a 21, I was sure I would never need or buy a 28. I now have two. I first used a 28 on an SLR. I think I took one shot. The barrier to the 28 with Leica and glasses is not seeing the frame line clearly in the viewfinder. I think I bought the 28 aspheric 2.8 because it was a good price second hand and very sharp and I wanted to try a modern aspheric on the new Monochrom. I used the ZM 28/25 finder I had for the Zeiss 25, and I think I only used it with the 28 once and then just did without it.

Shooting from the hip works well without much practice with the 28 which is a big advantage. And the Monochrom files are so replete with data that even cropping out most of the frame returns a good enough image for smaller prints. And the 28 2.8 ASPH was the smallest lens in the catalogue of Leica, until the 28 Summaron-M which I also found second hand for a reasonable price. I now use that more than any other lens, tiny and slow, but with the high ISO capability of the Monochrom it doesn't matter. I love compact lenses.

My next trip will be two 28s and one 50. The 35 Summicron is on my M2, today, but I am surprised to find that 28 is my go-to for most things, because it's small.
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Old 04-21-2019   #45
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I don't have a single go to focal length.

Since I had to pick one, I chose the 28mm because I use an 18/2 with an APS-C camera (65 deg. horizontal, 46 deg. vertical and 75 deg. diagonal angles of view). This is mostly for situations where the location's context is of interest and I am free to stand where I need to.

In small crowds I like 50mm (40, 27, and 47 deg.) or 35mm for my camera.

At events or large crowds I occasionally like to use medium telephoto lenses – 75mm (29, 20 and 34 deg.) or 50mm for my camera. With this field of view limited mobility to wade through people is less of an issue.
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Old 04-21-2019   #46
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On the rare occasion when I street shoot with a Contax G1 camera, the 45mm f/2 Zeiss Planar is my go-to lens.
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Old 04-21-2019   #47
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Still a fan of the 50, if I had to pick one lens on one camera. Cut my teeth on a Nikon FTn and the lovely Nikkor-S 50/1.4, and shot with just a plain standard 50 for a long time. (I need to have it AI converted; I miss shooting that lens)

Truth be told, I do tend to use wider lenses more frequently though. 28mm is my last remaining AF lens, and a Voigtlander 25 more or less glued to my RF. So I guess there’s a disconnect between what I like shooting and what I actually shoot with.
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Old 04-25-2019   #48
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I dabbled with 28mm F2.5 (very compact, fits in a pocket) and 40mm F1.7 (much sharper but slow AF, natural field of view) on digital. 58mm F1.4 or 100mm F2 (quite a compact lens actually) on film. I like 58mm the most - put some good distance between me and the subject, gives 1x viewfinder magnification and gives plenty of flexibility with the 1.4 aperture.
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Old 04-25-2019   #49
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Street for me means 35mm, mainly the Nokton 35/1.4.



It fits my "vision" best, and the 1.4 aperture is great to have if the light is low or if I want some oof areas.
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Old 04-25-2019   #50
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Richard Kalvar shares his insights on the 35mm lens for street photography:

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Old 04-25-2019   #51
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40mm, the Summicron-C. A 40 mm lens has a FoV that is close to the horizontal visual attention zone of the human eye.
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Old 04-26-2019   #52
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40mm, the Summicron-C. A 40 mm lens has a FoV that is close to the horizontal visual attention zone of the human eye.
It's a great focal length and a gem of a lens. Wide, but not too much, just enough to constrict an anarchic frame. It's not a lens without flaws (it flares a bit more than later designs, has somewhat weak corners etc.) but when you get the hang of it it's capable for beautiful b&w. Had it , sold it, repurchased it. Lesson learned.

PS. Can't give a straightforward answer to the poll. I use most of all 35mm and 50mm but equally so. When I take one body, one lens (not very often) it's the aforementioned 40mm. Generally speaking, different places/situations call for different focal lengths.
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Old 04-26-2019   #53
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Voigtlander 28/f2 Ultron.

28mm because it's wide enough to give context, but not so wide as to distort excessively towards the edges. I've also found that using the whole M2 viewfinder gives a good approximation of 28mm.

The Voigtlander because it's fast, has excellent ergonomics and build, not too large, and has no optical defects that bother me enough to affect the way I shoot. It's also considerably cheaper than a 28mm Summicron

If I'm traveling I'll usually add the 90mm Tele Elmarit.

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...seems weird to limit yourself to one focal length with today's tech
I find that shooting a single prime helps me to develop a consistent 'style' with my photography. Personally, this is more important that having catch-it-all versatility.
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Old 04-26-2019   #54
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It used to be 35mm but I'm opting for 50mm nowadays.
Either the C-Sonnar, the Planar, Nokton 1.5/50mm or the Canon 1.4/50mm for my M5.
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Old 04-26-2019   #55
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I've been doing street photography for most of the 40-odd years I've been shooting, and have taken candid street photos that pleased me using everything from a 12~24 zoom up to a 300 2.8 with 1.4 converter.
For me there is no Central Dogma regarding lens choice. The lens that gives the picture you want in any particular situation is the go-to one at that particular time and in that particular place.
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Old 04-26-2019   #56
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50 is my preference, but every now and then I wonder if I would like trying a 28.
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Old 04-26-2019   #57
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Old 04-26-2019   #58
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Just moved to Bangkok and decided to get Sony E 20mm pancake for my a6300. Hopefully 30mm equivalent is not too wide for my street shots (“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,”). Anyway, am calling the combo as my poor mans Ricoh GRIII, which was inspiration to get the lens in the first place

(yes the lens in considered mediocre by collective wisdom of Interwebs, but having a small camera was the key factor here)
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Old 04-27-2019   #59
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Just moved to Bangkok and decided to get Sony E 20mm pancake for my a6300. Hopefully 30mm equivalent is not too wide for my street shots (“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,”). Anyway, am calling the combo as my poor mans Ricoh GRIII, which was inspiration to get the lens in the first place

(yes the lens in considered mediocre by collective wisdom of Interwebs, but having a small camera was the key factor here)
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Old 04-27-2019   #60
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Pick one, that's what I do before I go out for the day; any will do for me.

Fujinon XF 16mm f2.8 R WR lens

Fujinon XF 18mm f2 R WR lens

Fujinon XF 23mm f2 R WR lens

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Fujinon XF 50mm f2 R WR lens

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Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC "Art" lens (45mm on Sd Quattro H)

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Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG lens (66mm on Sd Quattro H)

Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG lens (113mm on Sd Quattro H)

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I'm curious why you'd post this, what does it add? It doesn't answer the question, and seems like you're just bragging about your gear collection. There has to be one lens that ends up on the body more than any other.



I mean, I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just curious what the point of listing this all out is.
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I'm curious why you'd post this, what does it add? It doesn't answer the question, and seems like you're just bragging about your gear collection. There has to be one lens that ends up on the body more than any other.
RFF is a camera forum, so talking about your gear is the point.
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RFF is a camera forum, so talking about your gear is the point.
Except it doesn't answer the question. It's just a list all all his lenses and adds nothing to the discussion.

I'm a 35mm shooter myself. Was stuck with a 50mm for a few months during a move and I felt like I was shooting through a keyhole!
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Old 04-27-2019   #63
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Been bouncing back and forth between 28, 35 and 50. I find the more I'm shooting, the better I'm able to utilize a wider lens.

If I haven't shot for a while, the 50 works well but eventually, I like to shake things up and challenge myself to fill the frame using a wider lens.
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Old 04-27-2019   #64
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Most of my "street" work is with my Oly c5050 at the moment. I zoom in occasionally, but most of the time its zoomed out to its max 35mm eq.
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On the rare occasion when I street shoot with a Canon Canonet QL17 G-III 35mm rangefinder camera, the fixed 40mm f/1.7 is my go-to lens.
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I'm curious why you'd post this, what does it add? It doesn't answer the question, and seems like you're just bragging about your gear collection. There has to be one lens that ends up on the body more than any other.
I mean, I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just curious what the point of listing this all out is.
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Screw it.

You can't please everybody so you gotta please yourself.

Done with it.

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28 for slr. 24 sometimes
35 for rf, just bought a 28 to see how it works for me
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I am partial to the 50

The Canon 50mm f 1.5 or the shimmed Jupiter 3 is usually my pick from my bevy of classic RF 50 mils.
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40mm, the Summicron-C. A 40 mm lens has a FoV that is close to the horizontal visual attention zone of the human eye.
I must have wrong eyes, I'm finding 21mm to be my what I'm able to see and understand zone.
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I’ve been shooting street photography for several years. I’ve developed techniques for getting in close to people and getting off a shot undetected; I was invisible. But, it wasn’t always that way. When I first started street I was nervous, heck, I was scared. Then with time I became more comfortable, and eventually I became the invisible stealthy guy that would invade a person's space without regard for their privacy or even dignity sometimes just to get the shot! Any camera, any lens, I made it work.

Well, I’m done with street photography. At least I’m done with the in-your-face privacy invasion style of street photography. Why this change? I don’t know. It’s kind of like when I quit smoking cigars; I woke up one morning and that was that, I quit.

What does this have to do with “What’s my go to lens for street photography?”... Nothing.

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Y Mike--well said! You must have refilled your glass--- :-) !!
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I voted ‘other’ because although my preference is a 28mm f3.5 Zuiko. You see it is the 4 element version on an original Olympus Pen viewfinder camera. The angle of view is equivalent to about a 40mm on a full frame camera.
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The lens on the iPhone may be one of the most suitable lenses for street photography. Nobody feels "attacked" by a photographer.
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90% of my non-street photography is done w/ a 50, and I still use 50 for street as well.

But my go-to lens for street photography is a 35, either the Canon 35/2.0 on a Leica M, or an Olympus XA. Mainly it has to do with distance from the subject and how the subject fills up the frame. With a 35mm fov, I can be 10 ft away from a subject (my comfort zone) and get the subject's entire body in the frame (unless very tall). To get the same effect with a 28, I'd have to move in closer... to close for me. With a 50, I'm shooting street at a greater distance than 10 ft, or going for shots that capture a part of the subject.
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If I have both a 50mm and a 35mm with me, I always hesitate which lens I will use. As a result, I lose my concentration. If I bring one lens, I don't have that problem. The majority of my successful photos are with the 50 mm, so I only take a 50 mm with me.

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If I have both a 50mm and a 35mm with me, I always hesitate which lens I will use. As a result, I lose my concentration. If I bring one lens, I don't have that problem. The majority of my successful photos are with the 50 mm, so I only take a 50 mm with me.

Leica M3, Summicron rigid 50mm f/2, Tmax400, printed on Adox MCC 110.

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I will return to using the 50 as my main lens. During the summer vacation I will leave my 35mm lens home and I will instead take with me a 50mm lens.
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I hate making decisions on my street shooting!
I agree with Erik, keep it simple.
I think that "most" use 35mm as it's easiest frame to see in modern M's..
The 28mm frame almost disappears, the 50mm miserable and inaccurate.
I started with M3, 50mm Collapsible-Summicron, Uv filter and hood.
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40mm Rokkor.

Because street photography decisions are fast, I think it is good to use a focal length that shows you the scene as you see it so that you can compose intuitively. As much as I love Windogrand's work, for example, I had a lot of trouble composing with 28mm because it is not my visual field of awareness. I find the 40mm to cover almost exactly what I am aware of seeing.
Same here though I use the 40mm Summicron-C. It was my first Leica Lens on my first Leica body, and it was the only combo I used for over a year; I couldn't afford another lens or body at the time. I learned to see with this and later moved on to a 50mm, but I last counted my photos with 40mm or 50mm and surprisingly they're almost even.

I tried to love the 28mm but just couldn't get into the grove. I was thinking it was the use of the external finder which causes me to shift from RF to VF, but I still haven't a clue.
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