Using a telephoto lens for street photography by Alpha Whiskey Photography

One of Alpha Whiskey‘s latest articles aims to debunk the conventional idea that all street work should be conducted with a 35-50mm lens. To do so, he purposefully used his Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 and the MC-14 teleconverter for some local street photography. This particular combination gave him the equivalent focal length of 420mm at the telephoto end of the spectrum.

After citing the many advantages of using a standard lens for street work, he covers the various reasons he feels that a telephoto lens can also give you good results. For example, he discusses the shallower depth of field and better compression afforded by the longer focal length at any given aperture. He also argues that telephoto lenses can provide greater intimacy because it is easier to capture authentic portraits from a distance than up-close.

To read the full article and see his excellent gallery of telephoto street images, click here!


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