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What is your "walk around lens?

benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 2:47PM
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.


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User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
11 Aug 2010 2:50PM
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 10 367 Ireland
11 Aug 2010 2:51PM
Nikon 24- 70 f2.8. Damian
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
11 Aug 2010 2:56PM
Tokina 12:24mm f4 and when I can grab it off my son, Nikkor 18:70mm f3.5
User_Removed 15 455 13 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 2:57PM
28mm (APS-C Sensor)
tigerminx 13 237 South Africa
11 Aug 2010 3:20PM
Would have to be my new 24-105 L on my 5D Mark II

wicksy 12 79 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 3:32PM
Sigma 24-70 shame the thing is so heavy!
benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 3:51PM
@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 13 617 15 England
11 Aug 2010 3:55PM
My 18-200mm is barely off the cam, it's a great walk around lens, very versatile!
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
11 Aug 2010 3:59PM
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 7 46 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:08PM
@Sezz - with 18 - 200mm you pretty much have everything covered. Not surprised you consider it versatile. Tongue
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:13PM
17-55mm for me too but on a D200.
wing 14 456 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:17PM
Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 on Full Frame. Heavy but worth it!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:20PM
My Sigma 18-125 is on my camera the most. Excellent quality for the price.

benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:38PM
@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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