Street lens(es)

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Superstriker#8, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    Which is better for street/general photograph: Oly 17 f1.8 or pana 14 and 20/25
  2. Pure personal preference in terms of focal length. no one else but you can decide.

    I personally would choose the 14mm because I like slightly wider... 24mm being a favorite of mine.

    Others will like 35mm FF equiv.

    yet others will like 50mm equiv...

    You have a 14-42 zoom. Go and shoot for a while and see what focal lengths you tend to shoot comfortably by examining the EXIF.
  3. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    50 equiv. is pretty useful I think. A nice "normal" view of the world ... not too close & not too far. I have never liked the 35mm equiv. or indeed anything wider for street.

    I like street shooting with the longer stuff too ... like 90mm equiv. I think the 45/1.8 will make a nice street lens.
  4. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2013
    Los Angeles / Copenhagen
    14mm is perfect for "Shoot wide, crop later" - 20mm is personally my favorite.
  5. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Or sigma 19mm, that one gets overlooked too often I think.
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    Thanks, will take that advice
  7. pisanoal

    pisanoal Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    I just got back from my first street photography adventure in chicago, and i had the 20mm mounted the entire time. I never found myself wishing it was wider, but i did find myself on a few occasions wishing it was a bit longer. Overall, loved the experience with the 20.
  8. kponds

    kponds Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    It depends on your style. Personally I prefer the flexibility of being able to switch between a wider and normal perspective, so I carry the 14mm and 25mm.

    The 12mm and 17mm are the only ones with DoF markers so that should be an advantage if you like to pre focus, which I do. However to pre focus on non-marked lenses what I do is set to F/8, focus on a spot around 20 ft away from me (just judging distance by eye), and then turn off autofocus. So you can still kind of zone focus with the non-marked lenses.

    Also if you are REALLY into zone focus, shooting during the day, and you aren't an IQ-whore you might even consider the body cap lens.

    If I was forced to carry only one lens, it would probably be the 17mm or the 20mm. Maybe the 25mm. But when I use the 25mm, I like having the 14mm pocketed.
  9. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    For street photography the 25mm hands down. For architectural you need a wide lens, not a normal.
  10. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to street photography..... a selection of shots from 14 - 75mm on a variety of 4/3 and micro 4/3 cameras.

    Currently I find the 17mm to be working best for me on the OMD. When shooting street I shoot a lot and miss a lot and often have to crop a lot.... I aint no Cartier Bresson :)


    best things in life are free by kevinparis, on Flickr


    P9260038 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    Furtive kiss by kevinparis, on Flickr


    P4140055 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    28mm OM lens on E-510

    Keys, Cigs, good to go by kevinparis, on Flickr

    35mm Nikkor 35/2 on E-510

    From a Paris Street 1 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    50mm Contax 50/1.7 on E-510

    Contemplating Eric by kevinparis, on Flickr


    P4160106 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    • Like Like x 3
  11. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Even my trusty 28mm f3.5 Konica Hexanon is useful for street. With a wide angle, however, you get more environment.