10 Great Budget Lens Options For Street Photography

Street photography is a popular past time for photographers of all shapes and sizes thanks to it being something you can just grab your camera and go do for a few hours. Many photographers have obviously taken in beyond hobby status and turned it into successful careers, but for most, street photography is more about the artistic release being creative in an environment you have absolutely zero control over.

So with that in mind, many photographers are taking up street photography as a hobby when they aren’t out shooting portraits or weddings. You may be one of them, and you may be wondering about some good budget lens options for street photography. Well if that is the case then you are in luck, because today we have some great budget lens options for you. 

Budget Environmental Street Photography Lenses

Are you a fan of wider street photography, where more of the city, street, etc are in the frame than just whomever or whatever you subject is? If this is the case than you will be wanting a lens with a fairly wide field of view so you can capture this look without having to be incredibly far away from your subjects to do so. The one thing to consider if you want to shoot wider – these are more expensive in general. But with that caveat noted, here are a few great options for environmental street photography lenses:

  • Fujifilm 23mm F2 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B01KNXOCO8′ text=’Fujifilm 23mm F2′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8b502f5e-3bef-11e7-8a46-592b29d6bc7e’]
  • Sony 35mm F2.8 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B00FSB79KU’ text=’Sony 35mm F2.8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’91ab3ae4-3bef-11e7-bb56-875b1cb44ad2′]
  • Tamron 35mm F1.8 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B014ULAEQ4′ text=’Tamron 35mm F1.8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9759b306-3bef-11e7-bcce-f7a7328958ad’]
  • Fujifilm 16mm F1.4 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B00W6VZLFA’ text=’Fujifilm 16mm’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’38bc9a81-3bf5-11e7-a749-7b349dbd0bfa’]

Street Photographer Tip: Changing your angle, shooting from a lower or higher angle, vs eye level, can give your street images a totally different feel.

Budget General Street Photography Lenses

If you prefer to keep a little distance between yourself and your subjects, or just prefer tighter shots, those lenses we just mentioned may be a little wide for your liking. If that is the case, the lenses below will likely be more your style.

  • Fujifilm 35mm F2 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B016S28I4S’ text=’Fujifilm 35mm F2′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d1c5e10d-3bf2-11e7-a72f-5deb855b0bc6′]
  • Fujifilm 27mm F2.8 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DCM0DUU’ text=’Fujifilm 27mm F2.8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d713c22f-3bf2-11e7-ac40-8dff5ab9e35e’]
  • Sony FE 50mm F1.8 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B01DLMD5O6′ text=’Sony FE 50mm F1.8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’df04d6fc-3bf2-11e7-8595-4b2988361b6a’]
  • Tamron 45mm F1.8 (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B014ULAFJA’ text=’Tamron 45mm F1.8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e6896d79-3bf2-11e7-9b88-675d895aa105′]
  • Nikon 50mm F1.8 G (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B004Y1AYAC’ text=’Nikon 50mm F1.8 G’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f5676e49-3bf2-11e7-b414-5bc2e0132f53′]
  • Canon 50mm F1.8 STM (Our Review): [amazon_textlink asin=’B00X8MRBCW’ text=’Canon 50mm F1.8 STM’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0325092d-3bf3-11e7-afc0-4f61c23280f5′]

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.