What’s The Best Lens for Street Photography

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC on Canon Rebel XS

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8, a Versatile Lens for Street Photography

To bring out the best of the drama that is happening around us, we need to be close, we need to be in the scene, and for us to do that we have to be involved. We have to shoot candidly in the open. In my street photography, I don’t use telephoto lens, I used to, but not anymore.  I love to shoot from wide to medium telephoto, in the range of 28mm  to 8omm(full framed format) or 17-50mm(crop format).  I actually have three favorite street photography lens. The first two, I love the most.

  1. Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC – Great for low light, Versatile can go from wide to portrait at 50mm, sharp. Great for candid. Disadvantage, heavy
  2. Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 – Great for low light, great for creativity, slows you down a bit and makes you think of what you are doing, sharp, great for candids. Cons, none.
  3. Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM – Not for indoors and lowlight, extremely versatile, covering around 48mm to 216mm on a crop sensor.


Of all these three, the first two are my favorite. Since I love to shoot close and be a part of the scene, these are the lenses I used the most  on my Canon bodies.

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