I tried street photography with my Droid and I tried it with my friend’s iPhone. Not my cup of tea (…yet), my favorite two cameras for street shooting are the Sony Nex-7 and the Fuji X Pro1. Both are considered “rangefinder style” cameras. Small-ish, lightweight, unobtrusive with a pleasant, relatively silent, shutter sound. Both cameras look harmless compared to DSLR’s. more after the break
Reactions from my subjects have been neutral, sometimes even positive, especially when shooting with the X Pro1. The retro look is a definite plus. I love the files from the X Pro1, the clean high ISO in particular, a real advantage when zone focusing.
Zone focusing is where it’s at with the Fuji and the 18mm, it also works with the 35mm. Forget auto focus when shooting moving subjects with the Fuji. You will most certainly miss the shot. However, for stationary subjects or staged street portraits, auto focus and the 35mm f1.4 -wide open on portraits- produce stunning results.
The reason I kept the Sony 16mm pancake lens is for the field of view, equivalent to a traditional 24mm full format lens, pancake form factor and swift auto focus. I tried to avoid shooting wide open, most pictures here were taken at f5.6, a few with the wide angle converter attached. I wish the Nex7 would implement a zone focus indicator like the X Pro1. The other lens I used on the Nex7 is the Sigma 30mm 2.8. Auto focus speed is not quite as fast as on the 16mm, still acceptable and better then on the X Pro1. A few shots from the Panasonic GH2 made it into the mix, still a great camera for street
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