Camera for street photography

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by kenneth darling soerensen, Jan 20, 2002.

  1. I just discovered this forum 3 days ago after being a reader (mostly) of photo.net for little over a year. I am a great admirerer of the street photography pictures displayed, for instance:

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    http://www.photo.net/photo/427313&size=lg
    http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=007T0l
    http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=005sdF

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    I'd like to venture into this kind of photography and have a question regarding equipment. I already have an AF SLR outfit but find it too obtrusive and big to use for this. However I have no intention of investing in further cameras to try this out, so I was thinking of using one of my 70's rangefinders. Some of these have auto-exposure and some have shutter-prority, but what I need is actually aperture-priority, right?
     
  2. Kenneth,
    You don't need aperture priority or anything else. I often use my Voightlander which is manual mode only: pre-set the distance and check the exposure reasonably frequently. Use print-film, of course.
    That being said, I'd go for aperture-priority of full automatic if I had to use my SLR.
     
  3. any camera will do...
     
  4. Any camera that you're comfortable using should work well. I think
    people notice your behavior more than they do on the kind of camera
    that you use.
     
  5. Thanks for the replies! I'll take one of the RF's and put a roll of
    Tri-x in it and have a look at what I come by :)
     
  6. Thinking about street photography, if I ever really get into it, I
    think I would take my first edition Yashica Electro and use that.
    It's quiet and really doesn't look quite like a camera! I'm very
    timid about this and just don't want to be noticed.
     
  7. recently, ive been using a vivitar focus free
    that i got in the salvation army for 1.50...
    film costs more than the camera! :)
     
  8. First of all, it was an honor to see one of my shots come up when I
    looked at the three photographs you used as your examples. Thank you.

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    As for my advice, just take that 70s rangefinder (whatever it may
    be), load it with some Tri-X and go out and shoot.

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    For what it's worth, I try to meter off of something "general" in the
    area I'm shooting and then preset the focus for a distance I'm
    feeling comfortable with that day, and shoot. The hardest part for me
    is not feeling "obtrusive." Somedays I feel invisible, other days I
    feel like everyone within a hyndred yards is staring at me.

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    Good luck, enjoy, and post some results.

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    David
     

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