What is the best lens for street photography? 28mm, 35mm or 50mm?
Robert Capa, a founder of Magnum Photos, has once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough. ”  He may be true.  Leica M series has a line up of many wide angle lens, such as 18mm, 21mm, 24mm,28mm and 35mm (LEICA TRI-ELMAR-M 16-18-21 mm f/4 ASPH is at the widest 16mm), to assist you to get close to the subjects to cover everything.  The widest prime lens of Nikon and Canon is 14mm. But I do not like to take too wide in perspective because it may cause distortion at the edges.  It is best used for creating spectacular results.
The needs of everyone is different.  I normally use 28mm and 50mm.  I like 50mm in particular because it roughly matches the perspective of the human eye.  You may use 35mm if you think it covers more than a 50mm.  One thing is certain is that all these prime lens have larger aperture for you to take shots in low light.
If you love street photography, you will love this site called 85mm Street Photography. Thomas Leuthard uses a 50mm on a Nikon cropped factor camera and 20mm lens on a Panasonic GF-1, which is 75mm and 40mm on a full frame sensor respectively.  You will also learn much from his two free e-books on street photography downloadable from this site.  I first learnt Thomas’s site from Leica Rumors.

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