Recommended Street Photography Equipment by Eric Kim

My favorite digital camera for street photography

One of the questions I get asked most is what camera I recommend for street photography.

Like I mentioned, there is no perfect camera for street photography and everyone’s tastes are different. However my favorite digital camera for street photography is:

#1: Ricoh GR

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Disclaimer: Ricoh gave me a GR for free to keep. I am not getting paid to include the camera here.

At the moment, my favorite digital camera for street photography is the new Ricoh GR. I think the biggest problem most street photographers have is that they never have their camera with them. The great thing about the Ricoh GR is that you always have it in your pocket, the image quality is amazing (it has an APS-C sensor), and it is small and unobtrusive. The awesome “snap focus” mode also allows you to pre-focus your distance, and take photos of “the decisive moment” without any lag.

You can see read my in-depth review of the Ricoh GR.

Film camera recommendation for street photography

#1: Leica M6 and 35mm f/2.5 Voightlander lens

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I have a lot of people asking me for recommendations for film cameras for street photography. I have been using my Contax T3 a lot recently (love the compact size, image quality, and auto settings) but I still would choose my film Leica at the end of the day. Why? Film Leicas are indestructible, reliable, and can operate without a battery.

The Leica M6 is definitely the best bang-for-the-buck film Leica you can get. It is has a meter, all the frame lines you need, and is quite compact and light. I loved my first Leica M6 (thanks to Todd Hatakeyama for giving it to me as a gift) but I ended up upgrading to the Leica MP after I sold my M9. The MP and the M6 are pretty much the same camera, except the MP is newer and thus more reliable (which helps when I travel).

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Gear Review // Dry Red #2 by Crumpler ..... one great camera

..... one great camera bag that isn't a camera bag

 ...Yes it all fits nice and snug.

As the Website states ...

A luxe redux of the classic propeller era boarding bag, the Dry Red No. 2 will hold your travel documents and personal belongings, plus a long haul flight’s worth of welcome distractions via your iPad or other e-vices. Small enough to slip under the seat in front without stealing your legroom, it stays within reach even when it’s out of the sight."

BlaBlaBla, more importantly, it's one hell of a Camera Bag. Crumpler I feel, fail to point out that with its roomy interior compartment, the Dry Red #2 and a Haven (large) are a match made in Heaven. If your sporting a medium to small camera set-up, say Lica M or Fujifilm X-Pro 1, or any 4/3 gear, this Bag is an absolute Tardis as the image above & below show. Yes all the gear in the image above is actually inside this bag below, as well as a iPad which fits in the back zip compartment.

Here is all the stats from the site, figured some nerd might wish to know the info

FIVE STORAGE ZONES

  • Front zippered pocket with four-compartment organiser and key loop
  • Twin gripper zippered interior cargo space
  • Interior zippered pocket with mesh panel
  • Rear zippered pocket
  • Side stuff pocket for micro umbrella

WIDE, FULLY ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP

The 38mm wide strap distributes weight evenly across your shoulders, while the easy-to-use tri-glide buckle lets you adjust how high or low the bag sits.

WATER RESISTANT

The bag outer is made from water resistant materials.

TORTURE-TESTED

Before you take your Dry Red on a holiday or business trip, we take it to hell and back –a travel simulation torture test that sees every prototype dropped, dragged, beat up and opened and closed umpteen thousand times. A bag that survives that can survive anything.

The Haven's themselves are a great add-on and as far as I am concerned, one of the most under valued items when looking to store gear. Obviously it fit's great in the Dry Red #2 as the images show. It comes in 3 sizes and is well priced at $49(s), $59(M) and $69(L) respectively.  They really are a multi-functional item, with heaps of uses beyond just your camera gear, but a new home for your camera is what this post is about ........

My Leica Film and Digital, along with the all the crap above ABSOLUTELY fit with no problems. No trick photography here, just all my stuff jammed in nice and tidy. The above image to the right, shows the front 'organizer compartment', this housed my Ricoh GR3 and memory cards as well as phone.

I have been using this bag for some time and i think it's a no brainer when it comes to stealthy camera bags, note the iPad zip section on the back of the bag above in the slideshow. Although Crumpler do not promote this 'bag & accessory combo' as a Camera bag option, we at WECC think its 5 stars.

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images Simon Johnson (iPhone) Slideshow images Ben at Crumpler