Telephoto Is For Cowards, maybe so, but it’s a brave soul who’ll go up to some of the people I see on the street and take their photo! Mark linked to the Photographers Rights pamphlet but it applies mostly to the USA. Things are different enough in Europe that it would confuse matters.
(Via a long thread on STF)
The fact is, real photographers don’t shoot candids with telephoto lenses.
One pervasive image of the photographer is the celebrity-stalking paparazzi, the sleazy PI on Cheaters, and the creepy old guy in the trenchoat in the woods by the playground, all of whom wield big black cameras and three-foot-long lenses. This is the image of the photographer as stalker: someone who sees us from a long way off without us seeing him; who steals our picture without our knowledge, for some sinister purpose or other.