Streetphotography : 28mm Approach

Recently, i bought Ricoh GRD IV. One of serious compact camera available on market. I need to tell you in this very beginning of this post that what i want to write here isn’t about gear review. I’m not big fan of latest gear on earth. This Ricoh has 6mm f1.9 fixed lens on 1/1.7 inch sensor, it means that the lens is equivalent to 28mm for 35mm film camera. Simply put, this camera has 28mm fixed lens.

Before i bought this camera, I have doubts about the use of 28mm for street photography shooting since most people said that the most versatile focal length is 35mm, especially for street photography. Too bad, i am big believer that you can shoot anything with any gear and i am still curious about this 28mm and these are the reason that make me finally bought this camera.

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Comparing to the legendary 35mm lens that according to many opinion i have read saying that 35mm is the most versatile lens, and since this 35 focal length also being my most favorite to use on street photography, i need a some adjustment when i am using 28mm which is little bit wider.

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to sum up my study using this new approach, here i can share my thought about pros and cons on using 28mm.

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Tailor, Fixing his sewing machine, Garut 2014 (c) Tomy Nurseta

(+) Pros

  • More Intimate, i think this is useful when we need to emphasize subject’s persona on our shot. And when using this 28mm, I feel that i am being forced to get closer to my photography subjects, especially when it comes as human.
  • Wider, no need to make big stepping back when we need to put more content to fill up the frame. Just like when i shot this photograph below that was captured by peeking through closest window.
  • Acceptable distortion. I think this “pros” is more technical. But, generally, comparing to several 28mm lens i have used, none of them are having serious distortion problem.

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(-) Cons

  • I always believe that the wider lens we use, the more job we have on eliminating subject to make a simpler composition. And on streetphotography, sometimes you have limited time to perfectly capture a quite dynamic scene that changed rapidly almost at every blink of the eye.

These are my other photographs captured using 28mm

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“Ojek Payung”. Jakarta 2013 (c) Tomy Nurseta

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Sleeper, Jakarta January 2014 (c) Tomy Nurseta

 

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Gulali, Garut 2014 (c) Tomy Nurseta

 

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The Pool, Garut 2014 (c) Tomy Nurseta

 

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  • http://martoscbox.wordpress.com/ Martosc, [Gm]

    I generally agree with what you said. I’ve been using 24mm lens on a APS-C sensor DSLR (35mm FOV), and loving it… but then switched to Ricoh’s 28mm FOV, and still struggling to make the best of it. I guess that’s the beauty of this hobby — you learn and grow with what you have. Cheers.

    • http://www.tomynurseta.com Tomy Nurseta

      Cheers :) . Its glad reading your experience here. thanks for sharing

  • Larry Miller

    IMHO, the 40mm focal length is the most versatile and compact lens to use. I have a Voigt 40/2 pancake that is magnificent. The sharpness is unbelievable and it’s truly a joy to shoot with.