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Best Lens - Candid Photography

Ghostdog 12 55
20 Mar 2006 8:11AM
Horses for courses mate, it's what makes life so great SmileI found that when I have asked in the past, they are only TO READY TO HELP and start to bloody pose lol The shots for me seemed unreal and not as candid as I desired. Whateva works though mate. Keep on keepin' on Smile

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ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
20 Mar 2006 8:17AM
in street candids I use a 70-200mm lens often catching faces that are not cheesed up for the camera, much better I feel
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
20 Mar 2006 8:21AM
Sell your camera, and buy a Nikon D200 and 18-200mm VR when they become available; maybe next year.
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 8:27AM
I think you can get good results with a variety of kit, all the way from about 135 tele to 20mm wide it all depends how you work. Probably the most useful lenses are 35, 50 or 85mm in 35mm terms. So you could consider using the 60mm or perhaps a Sigma 28mm.

I do however think it's often worth chatting to people when you're taking pictures as you'll be surprised how many are quite happy for you to do so, and not mug too much (the second shot's usually better.) Making that contact also provides you with backgound information that can help you get a better shot next time.
ljesmith 13 1.1k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 8:29AM
Horses for courses indeed. The only way you'll really now is to get out there and start photographing, it all comes with practise.

You never stop learning.
Ghostdog 12 55
20 Mar 2006 10:37AM
Well said Smile
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
20 Mar 2006 1:32PM

Quote:You never stop learning

Unless you're dead.

ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
20 Mar 2006 1:41PM
then its too late, but people then buy your prints as you become a master of photography or not
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
21 Mar 2006 1:08AM
you could always get oneof those Sigma 800mm lenses and stand on a tall building's roof - you'll not be spotted there
DavidJHolmes 13 109 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2006 11:34AM
Didn't really want to buy another camera, Im still umm-ing and arr-ing over the lens. I think I'll opt for the 50mm and try several approaches of asking and covert walk-bys and check my results. Hopefully I'll get out and about the weekend!
Cristian 13 950 1
22 Mar 2006 12:21PM
David, I've recently bought a 50mm 1.8 lens, mainly for trying out portraits, but I can see why it has been mentioned here. It has a similar range to the eye, it's fast, sharp and also a relatively cheaper option than a mid range zoom.

DavidJHolmes 13 109 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2006 12:38PM
I'm wondering on the 28mm as this is a close 50mm equiv. Putting the 50mm on my 20D is going to make it 80mm equiv. It's costlier for the f1.8 but thinking the wider angle would be a benefit.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2006 12:41PM
Sigma have created a special fast 30mm lens for the reasons you mention.
DavidJHolmes 13 109 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2006 8:54AM
The Canon one looks better, well if its the one i'm comparing it against. Plus its Canon.
creative9 4 1
2 Mar 2014 3:40AM
Hi.. M a biggner can anybody suggest.. which lens is the best for candid photography..

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