50mm on cropped sensor for street?

Discussion in 'Other Interchangeable-Lens Systems' started by blb, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. blb

    blb Guest

    Do you find the 50mm on your cropped sensor camera to be useful for street/urban landscape use or is it too long?
  2. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I use my Nikkor 55mm 1.2 on my NEX 3 and it's the perfect length for me.
  3. I would also say it was a good length as it means you will not be in peoples faces and can be stealthy!!
  4. andy_g

    andy_g SC Rookie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Roma, Italy
    It's good for street with a reflex as far as street with a reflex is a good option ;)
    Actually, I tend to stay a step back when I use a reflex, so a 50 mm on APS-C is perfect for me.
  5. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    what crop factor are you taking about - IMHO the bigger the factor the less useful a 50mm will be for what you have in mind, (street/urban landscape)

    also AF versus MF is important - presumably you are considering a MF lens
  6. pictor

    pictor SC All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    What is the focal length above which street becomes paparazzi?
  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    my 55mm f1.2 is a bit big and heavy for street and I can never focus mine quickly at f1.2 (or even slowly most of the time)
    also f1.2 has a very very very shallow DOF ..........

    how do you use yours?

    here's mine on my G1 ........ which with a crop factor of x 2 - I find difficult to use for "street" or whatever that is perceived to be

  8. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    On aps-c for street photography the popular choices seem to be 35mm or 50mm. On 4/3 I'd say the 20, 25 and 45 all make sense depending on your shooting style.
  9. I have a 45mm Rokkor that seems to be a nice range. It is small enough to be discrete, while a descent enough range for most shots.

    While I prefer the range that my 28-70mm gives me it is a bigger longer and much more noticeable. Hard to pull of a discrete shot with that lens.