The Best Lens For City Photography Nikon

If you are looking for a lens that can take on the challenges of cityscape photography, the Nikon 20mm F3.5 AiS PC-E is the way to go. This best nikon camera for studio photography has a fast maximum aperture for low light situations and features a tilt-shift mechanism that allows you to get as close as possible to your subject.

The best lenses for street photography nikon is a wonderful lens to have on hand. The F-mount is large, so you get top quality glass with excellent resolution. It’s also very light and compact, making it easy to carry with you on any photo shoot.

List Of The Best Nikon Camera For Studio Photography

Here is the list of the best Nikon camera for studio photography. These cameras are great for shooting portraits and product photography. There are several prosumer cameras as well as two professional level bodies that are also available for purchase.

1. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Agreed, the Canon 17-40mm is an unusual choice for shooting street photography. When most photographers prefer a short fixed focal length for pursuing images out on the street, we are promoting a wide zoom.

Well, not exactly promoting. But more like recommending.

Regardless, the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM has some neat features. So, please bear with me while I sing aloud its praise.

The 17-40mm gives you a zoom range. Although we promote zooming with our feet, sometimes the zoom ring does come in handy.

For example, when you are prevented from getting too close. Or it is physically dangerous to do so. Shooting with a zoom offers you the option to capture a much larger slice of the scene, as well.

The lens features a ring-type USM auto-focusing motor. In fact, most photographers prefer USM auto-focusing because it’s faster than the movie-oriented STM auto-focusing technology.

Plus, you get full-time manual focusing override. Not to mention this is a weather-sealed lens.

Yes, the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is larger than something like the 50mm f/1.8 STM or the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. That said the barrel length does not change during auto-focusing or during zooming.

As a street photographer, the slightly larger bulk isn’t feasible at first glance. But the zoom range is certainly handy. Especially when it comes in a non-extruding body like this. So we don’t want to rule it out.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for SLR Cameras

  • 17 40 millimeter ultra wide angle zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR Cameras. Diagonal angle of view 104°…
  • 3 aspherical lens elements and super UD glass element create superior optics in all conditions, Closest focusing distance:…
  • Powerful ring type ultrasonic monitor (USM) produces fast and silent autofocusing, Focuses as close as 11 inches, supports…
  • Suitable for Wedding/Nature Photography, Weather resistant construction, Water and Dust Resistant, measures 3.3 inches in…
  • Purchase this product between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 and get 13 months of free damage protection from Canon. The…

$799.00

2. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (Canon)

Again a weird choice… The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art isn’t a demure piece of optical technology.

Why?

Because it’s longer and definitely bulkier than an average 35mm lens. Heck, for that matter it’s bulkier than a 50mm lens. Thus, it’s neither discreet nor easy to wield for long periods of time.

Regardless, you have one of the best pieces of optical technology that you could hope for.

The 35mm is more practical than the 50mm. Yes, the 50mm is probably more popular. Yes, the 50mm is closer to the human eye in terms of angle of view. But, the 35mm captures a wider slice of the street.

This lens features a number of positives. It has one FLD unit, 4 SLD elements, 2 aspherical elements, plus super multi-layer coating.

Auto-focusing is powered by Sigma’s Hypersonic AF motor with manual focusing override.

This is our preferred choice as the best street photography lens for Canon.

Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Canon, Black, 3.7 x 3.03 x 3.03 (340101)

  • High speed with large aperture
  • HSM (Hypersonic motor) and inner focusing system
  • Accessories include: Lens Hood (LH730-03), carrying case
  • 35 MM Focal length, Lens not zoomable
  • 67mm filters

$739.00

3. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

We recently listed the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art on another discussion about the best 50mm for Canon. We listed it as the best option.

Alas, the lens makes it to this list as well as one of the best street photography lenses for Canon full-frame systems.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Canon

  • 50mm focal length
  • 75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters.Angle of View (35mm):46.8°

$818.99

4. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM gets a position on this list because it has the smallest profile of all the Canon EF mount primes.

If you’re using a full-frame like the 6D Mark II this lens will be dwarfed by the sheer presence of the camera, which is a good thing.

It helps you stay discreet!

One thing to note, on APS-C systems the effective focal length will become 64mm.

The one thing that is probably not to my liking and what makes the 40mm lose out to the other lenses on this list is the USM motor. It is too slow for my liking.

So, it’s a kind of balance between discreetness and focus speed. But nevertheless, it’s a great choice for beginner street photographers. Especially photographers who are looking for a budget option to start with.

Canon Cameras US 6310B002 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens – Fixed Black

  • 40mm focal length, Lens not zoom able, 64mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C Cameras
  • Minimum focus distance at 0.30m/11.81 inch, F2.8 maximum aperture, F22 minimum
  • Stepper type AF motor with full time manual focusing
  • 52mm Filters, Lens Construction: 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Focal Length and Maximum Aperture: 100mm 1:2.8

$139.99

5. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art for Canon

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM is another interesting choice for street photography. It is shorter than all the other lenses that we have discussed here (except for the 17-40mm f/4L). But the fast wide aperture of f/1.4 is irresistible. Especially, because the lens has a focal length that is still in the ‘zone’ and is good enough for street photography.

The lens is designed for Canon’s smaller crop sensor cameras. The effective aperture will be 48mm. So, if you are using a cropped camera like the 7D Mark II or any of the Rebel series cameras you may want to take a look at this lens. This lens gives you an effective focal length closest to the 50mm standard prime.

Auto-focusing is powered by Sigma’s HSM (Hypersonic Motor) technology. The lens has full-time manual focusing override as well.

The lens is reasonably well built.

It comes with thermally stable components (TSC). This promises that the lens will remain stable over wide temperature fluctuations.

The 30mm’s effective focal length is 48mm, so you don’t have to get too close to fill the frame. And the fast f/1.4 aperture promises a lot of light capture.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon

  • Offering the bright F1.4 aperture and an angle of view extremely close to that of human vision
  • Macro Focus Range : 0.30 m, Focal Length : 30 mm
  • Placed under the Art category, this large-aperture standard lens with an angle of view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera
  • A rear focus system prevents focus-dependent variation in aberration, making high-level image quality possible throughout the…
  • Filter Size 62mm Maximum Magnifications 1:6.8

$389.95

6. Canon 50mm f/1.2L USM

Finally, we add the Canon 50mm f/1.2L USM to round out this list.

The f/1.2 is expensive. More expensive than the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art we discussed above, remember?

An accomplished photographer could shoot similar images with either of the lenses. Even though the Canon is a good 1/3 stop faster than the Sigma. The ‘slower’ aperture of the Sigma will not be a handicap. Especially for street photography.

But to be honest, they both have their utilities.

Regardless, the 50mm f/1.2L deserves a special mention because of the sheer optical quality of the lens. The f/1.2 captures more light than even the fast f/1.4 Sigma 35mm.

The lens features one aspherical element. It also comes with Canon’s Super Spectra Coating technology for suppressing flaring and ghosting. This is something that affects most wide aperture lenses.

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Plus, the 50mm is a weather-sealed lens. Perfectly capable of withstanding the whims of mother nature.

Finally, USM AF motor technology ensures fast and accurate auto-focusing performance. Full-time manual focusing override has also been provided. Even if this is not the best street photography lens for Canon, it’s one that deserves a notable mention.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras – Fixed

  • Weather-resistant standard lens
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture-50mm F/1.2, Closest Focusing Distance – 1.48 ft. / 0.45m
  • AF with full-time manual focus, 72mm filter size
  • Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Lens not zoomable
  • Purchase this product between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 and get 13 months of free damage protection from Canon. The…

$1,399.00

7. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (for Nikon)

Surprise, surprise!

We pick the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for the Nikon mount as well. We are very impressed with this lens. It’s a great pick for Nikon shooters as well.

Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Nikon, Black, 3.7 x 3.03 x 3.03 (340306)

  • 35mm focal length, 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum, This model is compatible with all current Nikon cameras (both DX and FX)
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 67mm filters,0.30m/11.81″ minimum focus. Maximum Magnifications-1:5.2. Angle of View-63.4º
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts. Please refer the User Manual which is in the…

$674.95

8. Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

The Nikon 50mm is the least expensive street photography lens on our list today.

This one autofocuses on most Nikon DSLRs, but be sure to check the speciics of your camera first. But, basically, anything in the D7100 series and above and the lens autofocuses fine

The lens is light, reasonably quick, and produces sharp images in almost any lighting conditions. There’s no manual focusing override though and that’s what makes this lens an acquired taste for some photographers.

It’s surely the best street photography lens for Nikon systems if you’re on a budget–specifically for full-frame systems.

But the 50mm f/1.8D is very useful for street photography.

Although, when used on a crop sensor camera, the focal length to an effective 75mm. Which, needless to say, produces much tighter compositions. Not exactly suitable for shooting street photography.

Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras

  • Autofocus system is compatible with select Nikon DSLRs that support D-type lenses and have an autofocus motor.
  • NOTE: THIS LENS WILL NOT AUTOFOCUS with D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600,…
  • Focal Length : 50 mm (FX), 75mm (DX)
  • Great for travel and for shooting full-length portraits in available light

$131.95

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