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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · do you do street photography with a long lens


A recent 135mm capture (link below). From my vantage point, it seemed to be the right length. I wondered what would have happened if I'd grabbed the 40mm or 28mm and made my way to the people at the bus stop.

Some folks think of the long lens as being "voyeuristic" or some other unappealing connotation. Sometimes I think of it as being non-intrusive, or non-disruptive to interjecting myself into the scene. I think there's nothing that restricts one from using longer glass, but I think that folks who are attuned to the shorter focal lengths ... well, the shorter lengths typically mean you are more "immersed" into the scene. I probably use my 40mm most often, but in this case ... the 135 just happened to be mounted up on one body, the 40 on the other. I figured I was too far for the 40, and by the time I "moved my feet", the moment of the person looking at the graffiti would have been gone. So, the 135 was the choice on this occasion. Actually, my first use of the 135 for street since I got it.

For some folks, I think they are fans of the shorter focal lengths ... vicariously, because they appreciate those who can immerse themselves, while "running with the bulls", so to speak.

That said, I do think that the popularity of street often associates itself with the immersive characteristic of the shorter focal lengths. But, I do not think it is at all restrictive from using the longer lengths. The main point I'll make about the difference in focal length ... is that when you "move your feet", you change your perspective. Focal length just accommodates your field of view, from a given vantage point, i.e. perspective.

Imo, if the focal length serves the purpose, that's a fine thing. Although, if it's a crutch to refrain from immersion, or from considering different perspectives ... sometimes, we might be honest with ourselves ... and then, try to stretch ourselves a bit beyond our comfort zone, (in either direction) to get some different perspective.

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May 02, 2023 at 04:22 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · do you do street photography with a long lens


Business as usual by Tyrone Barthelemy, on Flickr

135mm through my rearview mirror.

Business as usual by Tyrone Barthelemy, on Flickr

400mm from my vehicle.



May 04, 2023 at 08:40 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · do you do street photography with a long lens


I find this very interesting. Iíve been using a tamron 28-200 and getting some good photos on the long end.


May 10, 2023 at 04:43 AM
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Lt.Deadeye wrote:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52737201511_eca1cd2351_h.jpgBusiness as usual by Tyrone Barthelemy, on Flickr

135mm through my rearview mirror.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52737610945_90b98338fd_h.jpgBusiness as usual by Tyrone Barthelemy, on Flickr

400mm from my vehicle.

Fine images Tyrone!
My only zooms give me the option of small focal length or long. I take a few images in each.
Dan



May 14, 2023 at 11:59 AM
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RustyBug wrote:
A recent 135mm capture (link below). From my vantage point, it seemed to be the right length. I wondered what would have happened if I'd grabbed the 40mm or 28mm and made my way to the people at the bus stop.

Some folks think of the long lens as being "voyeuristic" or some other unappealing connotation. Sometimes I think of it as being non-intrusive, or non-disruptive to interjecting myself into the scene. I think there's nothing that restricts one from using longer glass, but I think that folks who are attuned to the shorter focal lengths ... well, the shorter lengths
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Could not agree more!
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May 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
Great video by one of my current favs.



I love his images. Thanks for sharing!



May 14, 2023 at 08:40 PM
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I normally do street photography with a normal or wider lens. I decided to do a little street photography in my hometown of Macon, Georgia last week. I took my Fuji X-E1 and X-E2s, one with the Fuji XC-35mm lens and the other with a circa 1953 Nikkor 35mm f3.5 screw mount.

I also threw a newly acquired circa 1960 Minolta Rokkor 100mm f3.5 in the bag. I bought it in its leather case for $20.00. I did a little street with it and was impressed. There was a Puerto Rican band playing in the square and I took this photo of a young lady deep in the groove. Fuji X-E2s converted with DxO and post processed in PS. Vignette added, lens has not vignetting problem.



© Doug MacMillan 2023

Street Photo of Girl Dancing




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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · do you do street photography with a long lens


A great piece on street





Aug 04, 2023 at 04:32 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · do you do street photography with a long lens


Another really good piece on developing a visual signature




Aug 05, 2023 at 09:26 AM
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cheerfulgator wrote:
Do you have a suggestion? Something around 200mm. Nothing huge like the 70-200 F2.8 which is intimidating. I realize this is a tall order.

I seldom do street, but when I do it's usually a long lens. All candid. Most don't notice, and I use a 70-200 or, for a bit, a 200-400mm - both big, but you're back a bit hence the lack of notice.





Aug 05, 2023 at 03:16 PM
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kaplah wrote:
I seldom do street, but when I do it's usually a long lens. All candid. Most don't notice, and I use a 70-200 or, for a bit, a 200-400mm - both big, but you're back a bit hence the lack of notice.



Thanks. I'm using a Tamron 28-200 f2.8-f5.6 and it's ideal for this. They make a 50-400 which is a bit heavy but not as intimidating looking as the G Master 100-400 or similar.



Aug 06, 2023 at 09:40 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · do you do street photography with a long lens


Some really good tip on street photogrpahy




Aug 07, 2023 at 08:52 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · do you do street photography with a long lens


Long lens use is ok; however shorter lens 28/35 gives me a closer interaction with the subject. A very different feel.


Sep 16, 2023 at 05:11 PM
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