Compression from a 85mm for street photography lens vs 70-200mm?

8 months 2 weeks ago #647538 by ArtWagner
I've been trying to spend at least one day a week working into my street photography.  I head out with my 5D Mk III and 70-200mm, which people see me from a mile away. I'd like to reduce the physical size of my camera rig.  With out moving to mirrorless, I think if I move to a 85mm, this focal length will work.  But what I'm not sure about, is the compression.  Would you happen to know if the 85mm prime will offer much in terms of compression?


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8 months 2 weeks ago #647550 by Nikon Shooter
Focal length is focal length, zoom or prime.
Zooms = variable compressions as primes = fixed ones.

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8 months 2 weeks ago #647637 by KCook

Nikon Shooter wrote: Focal length is focal length, zoom or prime.
Zooms = variable compressions as primes = fixed ones.

I agree.  Also, what "terms of compression" do you think are needed for SP???  I shoot SP mostly with WA (and zero concerns about compression).  So far 90mm is the longest focal length I have used for SP.

Kelly

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8 months 1 week ago #647743 by Moe
You can't go wrong with the 85mm IMHO


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8 months 1 week ago #647777 by Gammill
85mm has to be one of the most used lenses in my camera bag.  Highly recommend it.  Great for street photography as well is portraits.  Speaking of portraits, in my book there is no better lens for portraits.  


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8 months 1 week ago - 8 months 1 week ago #647817 by Troponin
Two options;

1. Rent them and find out

2. Search the web for comparison shots

200mm will certainly give more compression, but honestly, 70-200 is just difficult to work with. In order to achieve the compression you want. You will have to be at 150mm+, otherwise, I don’t feel the len’s “rendering” (how it looks compared to other lenses) is worth it. These are big, heavy lenses and 200mm is really long for street. Lastly, they aren’t as good in low light either. My 85mm 1.4 is incredibly bright, and the 1.8 is pretty dang close.

85mm is my “general use” lens. I photograph animals with it too though, hence why I chose 85mm over, say, the 35mm or 50mm. If SP was my goal, id probably go with a 50mm. It always felt a little easier to get the composition than an 85mm at times. The 85mm still makes me back up more than I expect on occasion. There have been times when I couldn't even get the shot that I wanted because I didn't have enough room to back up or put the right distance between the subject and I. 


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8 months 1 week ago #648044 by ArtWagner

Troponin wrote: Two options;

1. Rent them and find out

2. Search the web for comparison shots

200mm will certainly give more compression, but honestly, 70-200 is just difficult to work with. In order to achieve the compression you want. You will have to be at 150mm+, otherwise, I don’t feel the len’s “rendering” (how it looks compared to other lenses) is worth it. These are big, heavy lenses and 200mm is really long for street. Lastly, they aren’t as good in low light either. My 85mm 1.4 is incredibly bright, and the 1.8 is pretty dang close.

85mm is my “general use” lens. I photograph animals with it too though, hence why I chose 85mm over, say, the 35mm or 50mm. If SP was my goal, id probably go with a 50mm. It always felt a little easier to get the composition than an 85mm at times. The 85mm still makes me back up more than I expect on occasion. There have been times when I couldn't even get the shot that I wanted because I didn't have enough room to back up or put the right distance between the subject and I. 



Good call guys.  Thank you all.  I just rented one and it should be here on Monday!  


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