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


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


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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Fuji X100s, Ricoh GR and Leica Monochrom by by Buru Llwyd

A Street Hunter’s opinion

Although I’m a very shy person, and into street/documentary photography, I always try to force myself into taking the photos that I’d like to get. There’s no other way around it. Also I feel the need to use flash because of the preferred dynamic look I’d like to get. It’s quite surprising sometimes how people in general don’t seem to mind or are that bothered or even don’t notice at all. I’ve had plenty of people question and debate this type of photography on the street and within my circle of friends, but at the end of it, there is no law against it. A little confidence goes a long way.

As much as I tend to try and steer clear from wasting money on camera after camera, sometimes it happens. Sometimes you do see a camera that just makes you stand up and think “wow I’d love to have that”. Or you may see a camera that you’d just like to try just for the experience, even if it is a stupidly priced one. Cameras that suit you as a person are always important, even if it IS a ten thousand pound medium format kit or a cheap and cheerful disposable holiday camera.


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Book Review // On The Road by Daido Moriyama

by Jesse for japan Camera Hunter

Jesse’s book review, On the Road by Daido Moriyama

Jesse has had a little vacation, but now he is back with a great review of a great book. It is particularly hard to do reviews of such well known photographers when they have the weight of many words behind them, but Jesse covers the Moriyama piece wonderfully. Check it out.

“The title sold me.” That was my justification for randomly going with this retrospective Daido Moriyama book at Sokyu-Sha photo book store in Shinjuku. All Moriyama books at Sokyu-Sha are signed which was certainly an incentive in addition to having extra cash for a change. Obviously this isn’t the most coveted book by the photographer, his Bye Bye Photography (I will buy the reissueJ), Nagisa, and his Northern series should be much more desirable. Along with his recent New York series, this retrospective also carries a literary reference. On the Road was the name of the 1950s American road novel by Jack Kerouac (who did the introduction for Robert Frank’s The Americans) and Another Country for his New York series based on the James Baldwin bohemian novel.  It is with this I decided on On the Road since it has some of my favorite Moriyama photos including Stray Dog. Both of the novels were said to be a great influence on Moriyama in his youth.


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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


  • 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


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.


The bag outer is made from water resistant materials.


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.


images Simon Johnson (iPhone) Slideshow images Ben at Crumpler