PERFECT FOCAL LENGTH?
Pick a dedicated portrait lens for the best results
While a zoom lens is often more practical, if you’re shooting street portraits then we recommend an 85mm prime lens, with Canon’s trusty EF 85mm f/1.8 USM affording you a fast aperture that will isolate your subjects from their backgrounds. We shot wide open at f/1.8, and even in low light indoors, shutter speeds were 1/80 sec or faster, to overcome camera shake and blurry shots. You can also opt for a 50mm lens, as it’s a solid all-round street shooter and a capable lens, particularly for environmental portraits, as it enables you to capture the subject’s surroundings as well.