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Sep 11, 2021 16:31:10   #
zacksoccer
 
Have a chance to spend a day in NYC in the middle of September. Want to do some basic street photos, plus some iconic images such as Rose Reading Room, Oculus, etc. but mainly street scenes. What do you advise for a lens? Am considering the following, all Nikon: 28-300, 17-35, 70-200 and a Sigma ART 50mm 1.4 prime. Can be mounted to a D500 or D750. Thoughts? Thanks in advance for your input.

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Sep 11, 2021 16:36:30   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Your 50 or 17-35 are your best choices.

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Sep 11, 2021 16:51:04   #
rmorrison1116 Loc: Southeast, Southcentral PA
 
My Nikon, and Canon, walk around lens is a 28-300. I use it on a D500, D7200 and D850. In my opinion the 28-300 is a decent street photography lens because its covers a really good focal range and it's not real big and obnoxious like my larger light grey Canon 28-300. I've used my 28-300 to shoot in the streets of Philadelphia and at flower shows and in museums, where photos are permitted, and other indoor and outdoor events. I'll admit, it's not the sharpest lens, but for a 28-300, it plenty sharp enough. I'd also bring along the 17-35 if you have a big enough pocket, although the 50 would be nice for night shots.

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Sep 11, 2021 16:54:48   #
Kmgw9v Loc: Miami, Florida
 
17-35

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Sep 11, 2021 17:00:06   #
Hip Coyote
 
17-35 and keep the prime in your pocket for inside shots

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Sep 11, 2021 18:01:04   #
zacksoccer
 
Thanks for the great and quick input...I think I have a good sense of what to use...

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Sep 11, 2021 20:56:26   #
Chicago312 Loc: Western suburb, Chicago
 
Bring the D750, 17-35. You’ll want the widest lens as possible for the Oculus, 911 memorial, etc.

Consider also the 50 or 28-300
35mm or 50mm are standard street photography lenses, but I agree with rmorrison1116 that the 28-300 would be a good option as well.

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Sep 11, 2021 21:03:29   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
Anything between wide and normal. I did a bit of NYC street shooting in the early 70's, mostly with a Pentax Spotmatic F and and Asahi 50mm F/1.4. Most was done in B&W

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Sep 11, 2021 22:55:47   #
zacksoccer
 
Thanks, great input...

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Sep 11, 2021 22:56:23   #
zacksoccer
 
Bill...experience is a great teacher...thanks for your kind comment...

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Sep 12, 2021 05:45:51   #
Peterfiore Loc: Eastern PA
 
I use a Fuji XE-1 with a Fuji 27mm pancake lens. An equivalent full frame of 42mm lens on the XE-1. It's all that I need for shooting street.

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Sep 12, 2021 06:58:35   #
daldds Loc: NYC
 
I live in New York City, and wander its areas almost daily. Mostly I use a 1.7 28 fixed. Unless you know for sure that you need a long lens (like “stealing” portraits), go lightweight.
As for night shots, noise is no longer a problem below 1600, so anything larger than f3.5 works.
Hint #1: even with a wide angle lens, you will find times when it is not wide enough. Take two or three overlapping portrait mode shots to make a panorex.
Hint #2: before taking the pan shots, shoot your hand to tell you the next several shots in the strip are for a pan.
Hint #3: google “chainpods.” You can make one in three minutes. Then practice a couple of shots. You can hand hold 2-3 seconds for great night action.

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Sep 12, 2021 07:21:09   #
traderjohn Loc: New York City
 
zacksoccer wrote:
Have a chance to spend a day in NYC in the middle of September. Want to do some basic street photos, plus some iconic images such as Rose Reading Room, Oculus, etc. but mainly street scenes. What do you advise for a lens? Am considering the following, all Nikon: 28-300, 17-35, 70-200 and a Sigma ART 50mm 1.4 prime. Can be mounted to a D500 or D750. Thoughts? Thanks in advance for your input.


Whatever lenses you chose be aware of where you are and who is around you.

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Sep 12, 2021 07:55:44   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
"Your 50 or 17-35 are your best choices."

I fully agree.

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Sep 12, 2021 08:34:00   #
avemal Loc: BALTIMORE
 
I use the Tamron 18-400 on my D500. Wonderful lens. Inexpensive.

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