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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 and/or Sony 70-200 FE F/4 for street?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by mesmerized, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized TalkEmount Regular

    Mar 26, 2014

    I was wondering if anyone here uses the 85mm focal length for street photography or to take pictures of people from afar so that they don't know you're photographing them.

    And... I have exactly the same question about the 70-200. Would you ever use it to walk around your town?

  2. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2014
    Los Angeles, USA
    The 70-200mm f/4 FE is one of my favorite lenses and it's small enough to haul around for street shooting without the hood. Just get a neoprene Lenscoat in black to make it more inconspicuous. The Sony 85mm 1.8 FE is okay, but I find it softer at infinity distances and would rather just use the 70-200mm which can also double as a portrait lens. On the used market the Sony 70-200mm f4 can be found in the $800-1000 USD price range nowadays.
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  3. Richard Crowe

    Richard Crowe TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2018
    I have both lenses and used them differently... I pretty much reserve my 85mm f/1.8 for portraits, most often shooting wide open for a blurred BG while I use the 70-200mm for general telephoto work shooting at all apertures. That does not mean that the 70-200mm lens is not good for portraits. It can be a very good portrait lens and one that I will most often use in a studio or other controlled environment in which I don't need to have the BG totally OOF.
    I have carried the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens all over the world and used it for street shooting with both full frame and crop DSLR cameras. The 85mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/4 G OSS were the among the first lenses that I purchased for my Sony mirrorless cameras.
  4. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    My street photography kit. I use the Pentax Q because of it's portability. I use the Zeiss 300/f4 to look up peoples noses from a block away. :biggrin:
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