The wife and I went to the Taste of River North Event last July 21, 2012. For that event, I decided that I would bring just one lens: the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens. I have said in this post that a Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens can be used for street photography. Now, I went out of the house with a burning question in mind: Can I use a 100mm lens for street photography?
The thing is, 100mm is a long lens, not to mention a prime, so if you want to recompose your shot, a zoom won't be of any help to you: you would have to use your feet to change your perspective.
And of course that's what happened to me - if I wanted to get a wider shot, I would have to move farther; if I wanted a more "zoomed" in shot, I would have to move closer. That proved to be a little problem when I tried to shoot the dogs in the event. But of course, people do tend to stay at a single place for some time, especially if there's food and booze involved. That included the wife and I of course.
So, can you use a 100mm prime lens for street photography? My most definite answer is: why not? You'll be required to really think about the composition of your shots and you also will be able to get some exercise by moving around more. Win, win!
Oh, and this Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS is really, absolutely sharp!
Shots made with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens. Want the best backpack for your DSLR? Check out my review of my favorite, the Lowepro Versapack 200AW, here and here.