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View Poll Results: Which kind of camera you use for street photography?
SLR 48 17.71%
Digital SLR 27 9.96%
RF 157 57.93%
Digital RF 56 20.66%
Compact 36 13.28%
Digital Compact 59 21.77%
MF SLR 22 8.12%
MF RF 40 14.76%
TLR 39 14.39%
LF 8 2.95%
Other 27 9.96%
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Old 07-29-2016   #41
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I use either a dRF or a dSLR... with center single-point AF, the dSLR operates very similarly to the dRF in that I visually choose the point of focus, lock focus and recompose for the shot. And that AF dSLR is sometimes medium format...

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Old 07-29-2016   #42
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Film Leica and the smallest 35 or 50 I have.

But sometimes I put the 90/2.8 on as I like its rendering of faces.
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Old 07-29-2016   #43
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I guess I should have been more precise :-).

There is a reason the Leica has the reputation it does for street photography -- it is ideally designed for that task.

Is it possible to do it with other cameras? Of course, but for the most part, not nearly as easily.

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Nonsense more precisely stated is still nonsense.
As I asked before, who makes up this stuff?
I shoot with Nikon rangefinders as well as Nikon Film SLRs, and don't find the rangefinders to be any more ideally suited to street work than the SLR's, even taking into account that they're all merely Nikons and not fantastically fabulous Leica cameras.
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Old 07-29-2016   #44
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I rarely do street photography in its most common form here; however, I photograph in the street but often there are no people in my frame. I usually use my Sony A7r for digital and I use a Leica II or M4 for my film work. - jim
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Old 07-30-2016   #45
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I am still a newby for street photography but I started loving it a while ago.
So as of now almost all my pics are done with EOS M3 and the 22mm (35mm equivalent) lens made for this camera. Using only MF as the AF is way too slow, although I just read above it's maybe just missing practise...
Like the results so far so so.

Recently bought a Leica M6 with CV 35mm color-skopar and have a lot of fun with it and love the zone focusing. But so far i am still waiting for the developer kit and see the results. Hope they are not too bad.

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Old 07-30-2016   #46
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Like other people around here - mirrorless. My Sony A6000 (and before that Sony NEX F3) are great at this. Using the back screen is ideal as it allows for quick framing when there is a situation you want to photograph and these APS-C Sony cameras are small and light.

Mirrorless is missing from the list, so I have to vote "other"
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Old 07-31-2016   #47
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- Olympus pen S for maximum stealth effect
- Retina IIIc for night and stealth
- many 35mm SLRs in general, Canon and Nikon
- Mamiya RB67 (seriously) for max image quality
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Old 07-31-2016   #48
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Nonsense more precisely stated is still nonsense.
As I asked before, who makes up this stuff?
I shoot with Nikon rangefinders as well as Nikon Film SLRs, and don't find the rangefinders to be any more ideally suited to street work than the SLR's, even taking into account that they're all merely Nikons and not fantastically fabulous Leica cameras.
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Old 07-31-2016   #49
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Old 07-31-2016   #50
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I use whatever camera fits my mood and falls to hand. Sometimes I'm experimenting, sometimes I have gone out to work a particular idea with a particular camera. Digital or film makes no difference; I've worked people and street subjects with everything from large format film to iPhone.

Of course, a Leica M and a 35mm lens can do a lovely job. So can a Hasselblad SWC or a Leica SL with a 90mm lens. So can a Minox C or a Polaroid SX-70. Each camera records differently and lets you see in a different way.

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Old 07-31-2016   #51
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With my GF670, which is actually quite a pleasure to use on the street.
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Old 07-31-2016   #52
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Which kind of camera you use for street photography?

I use a Mamiya Universal Press with FP3000 positives (still a rangefinder lol). I don't think making photography easier should be an aim (much of the discussion centering around that). I want my street work to be more deliberate. I suppose that's why I've gone in this direction, it makes me slow down.

I've posted elsewhere on the forum so I won't post too many here...










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Old 07-31-2016   #53
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I really like that first one. Everything about it.
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Old 07-31-2016   #55
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Old 08-09-2016   #57
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Old 08-09-2016   #58
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I have practiced AF on BiF and sports, back button focus, AI Servo for AF tracking on AF points matrix. But for the street it is not sufficient.
You need to add... " not sufficient for you." Not everyone photographs the same way. It is easy for me to use AF on the street.
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Old 08-09-2016   #59
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I have used just about every type (except for large format or medium format digital or smaller than aps-c), and all worked. TLR, SLR, DSLR, mirrorless, p/s, rangefinder. You choose, it takes a picture. From all these I preferred using a waist level finder and rangefinder. I still shoot with a Bronica SQ-A and a Voigtlander Bessa R2m out in the street. Mainly just waiting for a useful digital small format, big sensor camera that treats exposure like negative film and doesn't cost more than 1k. So, basically sticking with film.
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All of them, especially the Olympus Pen & Olympus Pen EED
Old 08-09-2016   #60
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Old 09-06-2016   #63
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I prefer to shoot with my M9, but I'll hit the streets with my DSLR or point and shoot. Whatever I'm in the mood for. The iPhone 6 makes a decent backup camera too!
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Old 09-06-2016   #64
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Leica MM and 35mm lens.
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Old 09-06-2016   #65
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I shot with all manual film SLRs for most of my life. I would use a wide angle lens, no longer than 28mm in the 135 format, set it at F5.6 or F8 and the hyperfocal distance, and not worry about focusing at all, but the new mirrorless cameras, at least the ones with articulating LCDs and touch screens, and their implementation of modern features such as focus-tracking and touch-focusing, can make AF work really well in the street. And, in terms of ISO, the new digital gizmos surpass old Tri-X 400 by several stops.
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Old 09-06-2016   #66
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I voted other for mirrorless. I've owned an M8 but in the end couldn't live with the ISO quality, although I liked the whole Leica gestalt.

This is what I use now:



And this is taken with the A7:


And the Pen:


I wish the A7 had the responsiveness of the Pen. Both systems are great for me.
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Old 09-06-2016   #67
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A very good rangefinder camera for street photography nowadays is the Contax I from 1932.

Contax I v4, Jupiter 8M 50mm f/2, Tmax400.

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Old 09-07-2016   #68
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daily setup.. for almost anything, I always bring one M with 35mm and TLR rolleiflex 3.5 in my retro5

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Old 09-07-2016   #69
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daily setup.. for almost anything, I always bring one M with 35mm and TLR rolleiflex 3.5 in my retro5

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uff; would that be too heavy for daily shooting?
I have the same gear set up like you but often take out one system only.
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Old 09-10-2016   #70
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Yesterday I went out and about with my Lomo LCA 120 equipped with Portra 400 film.
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Old 09-10-2016   #71
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Lately I been using a Canon L1 with a J-3 lens, but normally it is the Kiev 4 with the J8M or an f1.5 Sonnar lens.
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I've been using m4/3 cameras since they first appeared. From my first Lumix GF-1 right up to my Lumix GX-7, and a few Olympus bodies here and there. I have superb lenses for the cameras and in my mind, this mirrorless system is ideal for street shooting. I would not change a thing.
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iPhone 6, I have it all the time although I don't find it quick to use.

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Definitely it would be a rangefinder for quick skillful work.
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Agree Tony,

I have shot street with so many different cameras over the years, Blads, SLRs, DSLRs and the now i found to be the best tool for me and the speed I work at is the MM. Because of it's really good high ISO performance (unlike the M8) I can shoot at high shutter speeds and also have good DoF (f/8 and F/11 at 1/500-1/2000) so the use of DoF scales, hyper focus and fast shutter speeds I can just see and shoot. I found auto focus to not be fast enough. No auto focus is faster than being pre focused.

You all pretty know what my work looks like so I will not repost stuff here. But those that know my work understand it's about the visual relationships that happen in fractions of seconds and for that there is nothing better than a true rangefinder for me. And the fact I see in B&W and at a 35mm FoV the MM and a 35mm lens are the tools that are right for me on the street.
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I use my Leica for E V E R Y T H I N G.
Yes I have within the last year completely switched to Leica M. Even for my pro commercial/advertising work. No REGRETS. Picked up an M 262 and a very gently used M-E and dumped all of my Canon gear. Yep even my 200 2L, 24L, 35L and 85L and don't miss it even a little.
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My 2 often most used setups are:

Leica M something (film or digital, depending on mood, but mostly digital) often with 35mm; and

Olympus EPM2, 17mm, and hot-shoe OVF--small, unobstrusive, fast center autofocus; lots of DOF; big viewfinder; relatively inexpensive. I let the camera AF, fortunately it does pretty well, also like how it renders colors.
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