"Spy-mode" portraits with X-T1? What lens would you recommend?

mesmerized

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Hi there,

I envy m43 users this lens: 75mm f/1.8 and my guess is that it's a great lens to take "spy-mode" portraits. It must be so convenient to take portraits from a distance. I often find myself in situations where I'd like to take a portrait of a person from a bit of a distance without making him or her aware of being photographed... Any suggestions what I could put on the X-T1 in order to take such pictures?

Thanks
 

mesmerized

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Hmm... For some reason I can't see anything in your post Panther. I can't open the picture either.
 

silver92b

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One easy way to shoot people stealthily is with a very wide angle lens. For instance the FE Rokinon 7.5 will allow you to capture a subject almost beside you while ostensibly aiming straight ahead... Another way is to "shoot from the hip". With the M43 cameras and the tilting screen, you can even sneak a peek at the viewfinder to see what you have..... I use my Epson R-D1 with a Voigtlander 40mmf1.4 or a Voigtlander 35mmf2.5, with those lenses I can generally guess where the subjects might be and if I preset the focus and stop down to f5.6 or smaller, I have a better chance to keep the subjects in focus. Most of the time, I either take a quick shot and move on or wait in ambush holding the camera pre-focused and squeeze the shutter when they subject crosses the field of view...
 

taz98spin

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You don't really need a long lens to shoot stealthy.
It's about acting natural, and now that the X-T1 has a tilt screen + faster AF it should be easier.

Here's a few with the 35/1.4 on the X-PRO1.
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rbelyell

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yup, absolutely right. acting naturally is number 1. tilt screen/tilt evf and quiet shutter are also other key ingredients.
 
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