The camera lens you use needs to be a fast lens. A fast lens is one that lets light quickly into the camera with a large aperture and large lens diameter. One of the best lenses here happens to be a night street photographer’s favourite, the nifty fifty.
Another reason the full frame camera body works best here is that crop factor also applies to aperture. It means f/2.8 on a crop sensor of two will in fact be f5.6, not ideal when you want a fast lens.
So what lens will work well? There are of course many lenses, but here we’ll look at three.
- 35mm – The lower the focal length the slower, the shutter speed can be for handheld photos. This is a great lens when you are struggling for a higher shutter speed. The largest aperture for this lens is typically f1.4.
- 50mm – The preferred choice of many night street photographers. There are several aperture choices with this lens with the largest being the most expensive. You can choose between f1.8, f1.4 and f1.2.
- 85mm – A great lens for portrait work, this can also be applied to street photography. It’s a fast lens. But you will still need to bump up the ISO. This is because of the longer focal length and the faster shutter speed that will require.