Street photography with the Sony SEL 55-210 e-mount lens

A few street images for today’s post. It’s been a long time since I practiced street photography, and this time I tried a completely different focal length than my usual 35mm or 50mm. Most of the images are shot at 210mm (315mm equivalent), a most unusual focal length for street images.

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony SEL 55-210 e-mount lens)

The shooting location was a long pedestrian road along the harbor, and by getting too close to the subjects would probably result to images that would look more like staged images (or even environmental portraits), so I chose this very long focal length.
At its long end, the 55-210 has a maximum aperture of f/6.3. Not the best aperture for isolating my subject like i do with the Nikkor 135mm f/2 on my Nikon. But carrying the D800E on the street is not something I do, it’s heavy and immediately draws attention. The 55-210 is not a small lens, but on the tiny NEX 5N body, the whole setup is quite small and weights almost nothing.

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony SEL 55-210 e-mount lens)

What I really love on the NEX 5N it’s the grip. I can practically hold it with my arm extended by two fingers, so it’s a very comfortable setup to carry all day long. The focus of the 55-210 is not fast, but I can easily adjust focus manually and the stabilization helps me get sharp images even at low speeds. On a sunny day, even the great quality electronic viewfinder is very contrasty, no way near the fantastic view you get from a rangefinder, but its something I have learned to live with.

By using the super fast motor drive of the NEX, I can freeze motion and choose among lots of shots the one I find suitable. Overall, the NEX system is wonderful, and a bag full of e-mount lenses weights almost nothing, it’s perfect for carrying it for hours.

Conversion to black and white was made with Lightroom 4. The NEX images in back and white are inferior to the ones I get from the Leica M8 (which still has the best looking files when converted to b&w), or the look which I get from film, but still they are pretty good.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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