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    50mm focal length for street?

    is a 100mm lens on 6x9 ie 44mm, or a 50mm on a 35mm an ideal street lens? Longer than 50mm and the shoots look bland, not showing enough of the environment, and any wider than 50mm and you will have to get near in their face, then people tend to pose or object to the camera.

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    Winogrand used a 28mm and got close. I like a 35mm on 35mm. 50 is too much of a telephoto.

    ymmv

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    50mm is perfect. But so is 35, 28 and 24, to my mind.

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    A 50mm lens is fine for street most of them are f2 and faster I use mine as a telephoto to get a bit closer than my favourite street lens a 35mm F2
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    I started shooting street with a 50mm f1.8, but some rolls later I bought a 28mm because I find it easier to include 100% of the subject in my photos with it.

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    When did a 50 become a telephoto?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    When did a 50 become a telephoto?
    Ditto. I personally like the 50 and the field of view

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude
    When did a 50 become a telephoto?
    For me it happened when I got my first 35mm lens. I soon decided that the ideal focal length (for my mind anyway) is same as the horizontal image frame.



    For example I prefer a 35mm lens on my 35mm bodies, and I prefer a 127mm lens on 4x5.



    Can\'t always get what you want however. Kinda hard to change the lens on old folders.
    Last edited by michaelbsc; 08-28-2010 at 06:03 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    When did a 50 become a telephoto?
    I meant as a telephoto as compared to my 35mm lens to get a little closer and give a narrower angle of view, I'm perfectly aware that a 50mm lens Isn't a telephoto.
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    But 50 would give the viewer that perspective of seeing it as it is. Can be limiting for field of view in some instances. How small is you average 28? Carry one anyway.
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