Best Focal Length for Street Photography

What is the best focal length for street photography. There is already a lot written on this subject. And it all depends.

Shooting with long focal lengths (more then 70mm) can for sure do the job, but it starts to lose intimacy. With short(er) focal lengths you are dragged into the scene as if you are part of it. Longer focal lengths makes it flat and more distant. You are more looking at a kind of postcard.

Quoting the famous street photographer Robert Capa – “If your photos aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. So get close!

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My Streetphotography Gear

Is gear important. No not really, but you can’t do without. So what gear do I use when for my street photography. An overview, from camera, lenses to bag and assecoires.


For my street photography I use only my micro four third camera: Olympus OMD-EM10 (MK1). It is small, fast and delivers great quality. It delivers good value for money. Because of it small size it helps in staying unnoticed. There are a lot other cameras that can do the job. Though you can perfectly go with a DSLR camera I would advise to go for something small.

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