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Gear for street photography.


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What are your favourite cameras and lenses for street photography?

 

I have three favourite bodies for street.

  1. Nikon SP, essentially a Leica M3, but with an even better rangefinder and shutter. A true classic street camera.
  2. Nikon FE2, doesn’t need any presentation. I personally prefer match-needle meters over LEDs and have no problems carrying an extra battery or two.
  3. Nikon D700, yes, it is large and yes, the white logo gets attention. However, the UI makes it easy to carry over one shoulder and still keep it ready to shoot. The logo can be covered up with gaffer’s tape. For me, this camera is a fumble-free zone after using it for so long. 

If Nikon made a compact 24 and a compact 35 in Z-mount, the Z fc would be a perfect street camera for me. As it is, the 28 falls between what I want. The 16-50 is a nice and sharp lens, but the apertures available wide open makes it impossible to get the subject isolation I usually want for street.

My favourite rangefinder lenses were the 3.5 cm f/2.5 and the 5 cm f/1.4.

 

Favourites on the FE2 are the O 35/2 Ai’d and the Ai 50/1.2.

 

On the D700, I usually use either the same lenses as on the FE2 or an AF-S 35/1.8 and an AF 50/1.8D

 

I don’t have the SP and S-mount lenses anymore as I had to sell them some years ago, but I still miss them.


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Same camera, D700 for the same reason.  I've been using one for a long time and it's natural now, everything important is just a finger or thumb away.  For street I like to get surroundings in, clear and sharp, Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 IF D works well, but I can carry a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 non-D with little notice in a pocket.

 

I can do with a D750, I just have to remind myself where things are.  My D5500 can come in handy for daylight, (shoved in a coat pocket) with it's excellent 18-55mm kit lens.  I only use the D5500 on auto since I hate trying to fumble with it in manual, (it does take great pictures though).



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I haven't done it in quite awhile, but I have occasionally removed the grip from my D7000, mounted an AF-S 35mm f/1.8G (FX) lens and ventured out. The D7000 is fairly large, but with the grip removed it's not too noticeable. My all time favorite street shooter was my black anodized 35mm Minolta XD-11 sporting a 50mm Rokkor-X lens. Even with the auto winder it was very unobtrusive.

 

I have recently been considering the purchase of a Fujifilm X100V camera for carry around street opportunities. However, so far at least, I'm unable to get past the price (!!) and the fact that it has a non-interchangable lens. Most of the reviews are glowing tho. 

 

So far, I'm unimpressed with the Nikon Z30. Not sure what I was expecting but, unfortunately, what they offer isn't it.

 

--Ron

 

Speaking of street photography... and excellent photography in general, it's with great sadness that I report the passing of my good friend, Greg Allikas. In addition to being a superb orchid photographer (which is how I came to meet him), Greg had a side passion for street photography. He excelled in both. And, even though I hadn't seen him since he relocated from south Florida, I still miss my friend.



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Ron, the Z30 has the vloggers and filmmakers as the target market. It is by far the best tool Nikon have ever made for that market, even if some Panasonic and Olympus models are even better suited.

 

If you want a versatile bring-everywhere compact with a good lens, don't dismiss the D-Lux 7/DC-LX100 II pair from Leica/Panasonic. The only fault I have found is the fact that it doesn't remember the set focal length on power-up and defaults to the 24 mm equivalent. The Leica processes monochromes SOOC better than the Panny and the Panny is slightly better for filming. I have had my Leica since Black Friday two years ago and am impressed by the constant quality it produces. Lately, I have carried the Z fc everywhere so the Leica has stayed home but I seldom miss having an ILC with me as long as the reach of the lens is enough. The Panasonic version only costs 2/3 of the price for a X100V, The Leica is in the same ballpark as the Fuji.


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Z30 is blogger camera. so unless will not have evf. so limited. to me its Z6 so far since best camera i ever owned for video and my 28-75mm is lens. could use my 12-24mm but its dx lens so will be longer then should be for ultra wide angle and do not want to make Z6 11 megapixel camera. 


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I only have one camera, so my street combo is D750 w/ 35/1.8ED G.

But I'll bet the Zfc w/ 28/2.8 is a killer package for street, as well as a take-everywhere camera.

 

Here's a recent street photo while on vacation w/ my D750/35mm combo. I find the combo is almost perfect though a tad large.

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Ron, the Z30 has the vloggers and filmmakers as the target market. It is by far the best tool Nikon have ever made for that market, even if some Panasonic and Olympus models are even better suited.

 

If you want a versatile bring-everywhere compact with a good lens, don't dismiss the D-Lux 7/DC-LX100 II pair from Leica/Panasonic. The only fault I have found is the fact that it doesn't remember the set focal length on power-up and defaults to the 24 mm equivalent. The Leica processes monochromes SOOC better than the Panny and the Panny is slightly better for filming. I have had my Leica since Black Friday two years ago and am impressed by the constant quality it produces. Lately, I have carried the Z fc everywhere so the Leica has stayed home but I seldom miss having an ILC with me as long as the reach of the lens is enough. The Panasonic version only costs 2/3 of the price for a X100V, The Leica is in the same ballpark as the Fuji.

Thanks, for the info and recommendation. The D-Lux 7 does look like it might be a better deal than the Fuji at the same price point. And, it has the advantage of a zoom lens rather than the 28mm single focal length of the Fuji. I'll consider it.

 

I also checked on the Z-30 and, yep, you guys are right on the money. It's a V-logger camera. Duh! How stupid of me. I guess I was hoping for a rangefinder version of the Z-fc. You, know... with an actual rangefinder. In fact, one of the things that first drew me to the Fuji was it's hi-bred optical/electronic rangefinder. To paraphrase, Mick, I guess you (really) can't always get what you want.

 

--Ron



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This is a monochrome SOOC from the D-Lux 7. No post-processing at all, except resizing for web publication and sharpened for the resolution with the algorithm in Photo Mechanic. 

 

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This is a monochrome SOOC from the D-Lux 7. No post-processing at all, except resizing for web publication and sharpened for the resolution with the algorithm in Photo Mechanic. 

 

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Even though I'm viewing this on my old Windows 10 laptop (720p) it still looks gorgeous. The subtle graduations in tone are amazing. I'd love to see a landscape B&W photo made with this camera. I'll have dig around later when I'm on either my PC work station or my Mac, both of which have much better graphics. Thanks,

 

--Ron