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What is your "walk around lens?

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benlee
benlee  346 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 2:47 PM

For those that travel a lot or like to take street photos I was wondering what lens you used most often? What is your "walk about lens"?

At the moment I'm limited to just my 17 - 85mm but I actually regard it as a decent zoom length for a walk about lens. I'm looking to purchase a 70 - 200mm Canon f/4 IS so that I can take more candid street photos.

Thoughts?

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11 Aug 2010 - 2:50 PM

My 17-55mm would I guess be the one I use when going out to take photos, but my true walk-a-round lens would be my 50mm as it's small and light. My D300 with the 50mm on is the same as having a compact for me, great for carrying and snapping.

Daffy1
Daffy1  6332 forum posts Ireland
11 Aug 2010 - 2:51 PM

Nikon 24- 70 f2.8. Damian

User_Removed
11 Aug 2010 - 2:56 PM

Tokina 12:24mm f4 and when I can grab it off my son, Nikkor 18:70mm f3.5

User_Removed
11 Aug 2010 - 2:57 PM

28mm (APS-C Sensor)

tigerminx
tigerminx  9237 forum posts South Africa
11 Aug 2010 - 3:20 PM

Would have to be my new 24-105 L on my 5D Mark II

Tongue

wicksy
wicksy  879 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 - 3:32 PM

Sigma 24-70 shame the thing is so heavy!

benlee
benlee  346 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 3:51 PM

@Tingerminx - nice combo you got going there.

Seems most people are leaning towards a wider angle lens or at least having the wide angle covered with their zoom length rather than any large zoom lenses.

The reason I was thinking about moving to a longer focal length because I keep feeling I'm too far away from the action. If I get to close the "candidness" (that a word?) if the photo disappears because people can see me and I loose that surprise.

Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 3:55 PM

My 18-200mm is barely off the cam, it's a great walk around lens, very versatile!

Last Modified By Sezz at 11 Aug 2010 - 3:57 PM
cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 85793 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 3:59 PM

If I'm going somewhere and don't want the faff of taking extra kit then I don't have a walkabout lens, I have a walkabout camera - the Sony R1. A very versatile camera and I am really rather fond of it.....

benlee
benlee  346 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 4:08 PM

@Sezz - with 18 - 200mm you pretty much have everything covered. Not surprised you consider it versatile. Tongue

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 4:13 PM

17-55mm for me too but on a D200.

wing
wing  10452 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 - 4:17 PM

Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 on Full Frame. Heavy but worth it!

franken
franken e2 Member 112913 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 4:20 PM

My Sigma 18-125 is on my camera the most. Excellent quality for the price.

Ken

benlee
benlee  346 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 4:38 PM

@wing - sounds nice. You can always stop and rest if necessary Wink

Some cool combos being mentioned. When one goes for a photo "walk" is there a goal in mind or is it to just photography what you see.

I'll admit, a lot of the time I don't really have a goal. However I'm beginning to put together ideas or projects I'd like to shoot and having this aim is definitely helping my photography.

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