« on: April 30, 2013, 08:12:04 PM »
I'd like to share my experience on street photography in Asia.
I was in Shanghai in summer two years ago for a month, spending almost everyday doing street photography, mostly people shooting on the street.
I had with me a 5D original with 2 lenses only, a 50mm 1.8 (mark 1) and 17-40 4.0L.
The 50mm 1.8 was wonderful that it was able to let me left the background soft and out of focus in very busy and crowded streets, and the 17-40L was used on days when there were light rains because it is weather sealed.
One full charge on the 5D battery can easily last more than a days' shooting with plenty of review time on the LCD.
My 5D back AE button was set to focus, I shot with centre point focus and reframe, focus had been spot-on even using full opening 1.8 with the 50mm on the street. (With full opening 1.8, can't leave it to the camera to pick a focus point, at the same time manually selecting another focus point is often too slow when shooting on the street).
Among the roughly 3,000 files I took during the time using these 2 lenses, the 50mm 1.8 represented 70-80 percent.
I didn't find myself wanting for more lens, and like the relative light total weight of the equipment.
Hope you have a wonderful time in Indo.