Best Lens for Street Photography? 50, 35, or the 24?
What is the best lens for street photography? That depends on what you are trying to achieve. In this short video I talk about some of the differences between the 24 mm, the 35 mm, and the 50 mm lenses. I also use some of my photos to demonstrate the different looks you can get from both the 50 mm, and the 24 mm focal lengths.
In my opinion, the 24mm lens is the best overall focal length for shooting not only street, but much of social documentary photography as well. I estimate that I use my 24mm far more than any other lens. I'd guess that as much as 90% of my photos have been captured with either a 24mm, or a 28mm focal length lens.
What about the good-old 35mm lens for street photography? The 35mm lens just never has interested me, and I have few photographs that I've captured using the 35mm lens. It's too middle of the road for me, it doesn't have enough of a wide-angle for my liking, and not enough compression on the other end. So, out of he three lenses, the 24mm is my 31 pick, followed by the 50mm. The 35mm is too far behind the other two lenses for me to even have on my list. If I had to decide on a third lens after the 50 and 35, it would have to be the 135mm. But, that's another story!
What is the best lens for street photography?
I always get excited when I think about photographing in the French Quarter down in New Orleans! I've offered photography workshops and photo adventures for five years now, and it's time once again to start getting ready for an awesome Halloween photo adventure in the French Quarter! For more information on my street photography workshops/photo adventures on either October 28th, or October 29th, 2017 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, simply follow the link below!
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