As an avid Street Photographer, I have been searching for a Lens that could function as my all-purpose Street Lens. My criteria for this particular Lens would be one which would posses a medium focal range to capture life as it unfolds, whilst retaining the integrity of the scene with no distortion to the final image.
My first venture into finding such a Lens was inspired by Bryan Peterson, the author of "Understanding Exposure". Bryan spoke about his favourite all-purpose "Street Lens", the Nikkor 35 – 70 mm. This Lens was first introduced in the mid-1980s and has become a sort of classic within the short focal range, particularly because of its F .2.8 aperture.
After doing some research, the closest Lens within that focal range which appealed to me is Sigmas 17-70mm f2.8-4 dc macro os hsm.
I am a big fan of Sigma Lenses and I thought I would give this Lens a shot. I have to say, after mounting this Lens on my D90, it felt like a perfect fit. The overall weight and balance on my camera feels absolutely perfect - the next test would be the image quality.
I took the Lens out for a test drive around my local neighbourhood. As we are in Autumn, the light was overcast, in fact, perfect autumn photography conditions. I am absolutely delighted with the image quality generated by this Lens. The images are sharp, crisp with a rich and beautiful colour reproduction. If there's one thing I want to achieve with my photography, is getting my shots perfect in the camera, which means spending less time at the computer post processing. I much rather spend my time either writing or practicing magic.
I've added some photographs in the slideshow below so that you can see the quality for yourself. I know very little about how the lens functions inside so I can't tell you very much about the actual mechanism and engineering aspects. All I care about is the context within which I shoot and is there a lens that can help me capture my vision. This Lens ticks all the boxes and will be on my D 90 every time I go out for a street walk - capturing wide-angle vistas, 35mm imagery and up to 70 mm, bringing the action little closer.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015