What camera is best for Street Photography

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If you’re passionate about street photography, you might be wondering which camera is best for capturing candid moments of urban life. Street photography is a challenging and rewarding genre that requires a combination of skill, creativity, and luck. You need a camera that can keep up with your vision, and that won’t draw too much attention to yourself.

In this blog post, I’ll share with you some of the best cameras for street photography in 2023, based on my personal experience and research. Whether you prefer a compact point-and-shoot, a premium compact with a large sensor, or a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Let’s get started!

Best Compact Zoom Camera for Street Photography: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

If you want a compact camera that gives you more flexibility in terms of focal length, the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II might be the one for you. It has a 17MP Four Thirds sensor that performs well in various lighting conditions, and a Leica-branded 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 zoom lens that covers a wide range of shooting scenarios.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II has an electronic viewfinder that’s bright and clear, and a touch screen that can be used for focus and exposure control. It also has manual dials for aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation, which make it easy to adjust settings on the fly. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II also supports 4K video recording and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is not very pocketable, though. It’s larger and heavier than most compact cameras on this list. It also doesn’t have image stabilization or weather sealing, which might be deal-breakers for some people. But if you want a compact zoom camera that offers great image quality and versatility, the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is worth considering.

Best Premium Compact Camera for Street Photography: Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm X100V is another popular choice among street photographers, especially those who love the retro look and feel of classic film cameras. The Fujifilm X100V has a 26MP APS-C sensor that produces stunning images with rich colours and tones, thanks to Fujifilm’s renowned film simulations. It also has a fixed 35mm equivalent f/2 lens that’s fast and sharp.

The Fujifilm X100V has a hybrid viewfinder that lets you switch between an optical and an electronic viewfinder, depending on your preference. It also has a tilting touch screen, a built-in ND filter, and weather sealing. The Fujifilm X100V also supports 4K video recording and has a headphone jack for monitoring audio.

The Fujifilm X100V is not cheap, though. It costs more than some mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. It also has a fixed lens that might limit your creative options. But if you’re looking for a premium compact camera that offers superb image quality and style, the Fujifilm X100V is hard to beat.

Best Compact Camera for Street Photography: RICOH GR III

The RICOH GR III is a cult favourite among street photographers and for good reason. It’s small, discreet, and easy to use, with a minimalist design that won’t attract unwanted attention. It has a 24MP APS-C sensor that delivers excellent image quality and low-light performance and a fixed 28mm equivalent f/2.8 lens that’s sharp and versatile.

The RICOH GR III also has a unique feature called Snap Focus, which lets you pre-set a focus distance and instantly snap a photo without waiting for autofocus. This is perfect for street photography, where you need to be quick and decisive. The RICOH GR III also has in-body image stabilization, a touch screen, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The RICOH GR III is not without its flaws, though. It doesn’t have a viewfinder or a tilting screen, which some people might miss. It also has a relatively short battery life and slow buffer clearing. But if you can live with these drawbacks, the RICOH GR III is one of the best compact cameras for street photography you can buy.

Fanboys and Fujifilm

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Hello, fellow photography enthusiasts! Today, I want to talk about a phenomenon that has been sweeping the photography world for the last few years: the Fujifilm craze and fanboys.

You know what I’m talking about. Those people who swear by their Fujifilm cameras and lenses, who rave about the colours, the ergonomics, the film simulations, the retro design, and the overall experience of shooting with Fuji. They are everywhere: on social media, on forums, on YouTube, on blogs, and even in real life. They are passionate, loyal, and sometimes a bit defensive. They are the Fuji FanBoys (and girls).

Now, before you accuse me of being a hater or a troll, let me make one thing clear: I have nothing against Fujifilm or its users. In fact, I own a Fujifilm X-T3 myself and a few other Fuji cameras and lenses, and I love them. It’s a great camera that delivers excellent image quality, performance, and usability. It’s fun to use and it inspires me to be creative. I also appreciate Fujifilm’s dedication to innovation and customer service. They are constantly updating their firmware, adding new features and improving existing ones. They also listen to feedback and suggestions from their users and implement them in their products.

So why am I writing this blog post? Well, because I think there is a difference between being a fan and being a fanboy/girl. A fan is someone who likes something and enjoys it. A fanboy/girl is someone who likes something and thinks it’s the best thing ever. A fan is open-minded and respectful of other opinions. A fanboy/girl is closed-minded and dismissive of other perspectives. A fan is willing to admit flaws and limitations. A fanboy is blind to faults and exaggerations.

Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with being enthusiastic about something you love. But when that enthusiasm turns into obsession, bias, or arrogance, then it becomes a problem. And that’s what I see happening with some of the Fuji FanBoys out there. They are so obsessed with their Fujifilm gear that they can’t see anything else. They are so biased that they ignore or downplay the advantages of other brands or systems. They are so arrogant that they mock or insult anyone who dares to disagree with them or choose something different.

This kind of behaviour is not only annoying but also harmful. It creates unnecessary division and hostility among photographers who should be united by their passion for the art and craft of photography. It also limits one’s own growth and learning as a photographer by shutting out other possibilities and perspectives. And it ultimately undermines one’s credibility and reputation as a photographer by making one look like a fanatic or a shill.

So what can we do about this? Well, first of all, we can be more aware of our own biases and preferences. We can acknowledge that we like Fujifilm for certain reasons, but that doesn’t mean that Fujifilm is perfect or superior to everything else. We can recognize that other brands and systems have their own strengths and weaknesses and that they may suit different needs and tastes better than Fujifilm. We can respect other people’s choices and opinions, even if they differ from ours.

Secondly, we can be more curious and open-minded about other options and opportunities. We can try out different cameras and lenses from different brands and systems, either by renting them, borrowing them from friends, or visiting a store. We can learn from other photographers who use different gear than us, either by reading their reviews, watching their videos, or following their work. We can experiment with different styles and genres of photography that may challenge us or inspire us.

Thirdly, we can be more humble and honest about our own skills and abilities. We can admit that we are not experts or masters of photography just because we use Fujifilm gear. We can acknowledge that we still have a lot to learn and improve as photographers, regardless of what camera or lens we use. We can focus more on our vision and creativity than on our gear and specs.

In conclusion, I want to say that I’m not trying to bash or offend anyone who loves Fujifilm gear. I’m just trying to share my perspective on how we can be better photographers and better people by being more balanced and reasonable in our fandom. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found it useful or interesting. If you agree or disagree with me, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Until next time.

The Fujifilm X100

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Back in September 2010, Fujifilm unveiled the prototype of its new flagship compact camera. The styling was reminiscent of an old rangefinder, while internally it was said to feature an APS-C-size sensor. This combination of classic looks and potential for DSLR-quality images was a surefire winner, and without knowing much more photo enthusiasts the world over needed one. Natural comparisons can be made between the Fuji FinePix X100 and the Leica X1, and even the M9, although it is also worth noting its features and performance against the recent spate of compact system cameras (CSCs), particularly the APS-C-format models from Samsung and Sony.

Aside from its looks, the Fuji FinePix X100 had plenty to please the photo enthusiast, from the Fujifilm-branded film effects to the hybrid viewfinder with the impressive-sounding, reverse-Galilean optical viewfinder, capable of either a full electronic or a standard optical view.

There is also the new combination of high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and EXR processor to consider that, with the fixed-focal-length lens, should be able to produce impressive results in terms of resolution, sensitivity and dynamic range.

The X100 is a popular camera model that offers high-quality images and a sleek design. However, some users have reported slow focusing problems with their X100 cameras, especially in low-light situations. This can be frustrating and affect the performance of the camera.

The main cause of the slow focusing problems is the contrast-detection autofocus system that the X100 uses. Contrast-detection autofocus works by measuring the contrast of the image on the sensor and adjusting the focus until the contrast is maximized. This method is accurate but slow, especially when there is not enough contrast in the scene. Contrast-detection autofocus also struggles with moving subjects, as it has to constantly refocus to keep up with the motion.

There are a few ways to fix the slow-focusing problems on the X100. One option is to use manual focus instead of autofocus. Manual focus allows you to adjust the focus manually using the focus ring on the lens or the focus lever on the back of the camera. Manual focus gives you more control and precision over the focus, but it also requires more skill and practice. You can use the focus peaking feature or the magnification feature to help you achieve sharp focus.

Another option is to use zone focusing instead of autofocus. Zone focusing is a technique where you pre-set the focus distance and aperture to cover a certain range of distances in front of the camera. For example, if you set the focus distance to 3 meters and the aperture to f/8, everything between 2 and 5 meters will be in focus. Zone focusing works well for street photography or situations where you don’t have time to adjust the focus for each shot. You can use the distance scale on the lens or on the screen to help you set the zone.

A third option is to update the firmware of your X100 camera. Firmware is the software that controls how your camera operates. Sometimes, firmware updates can improve the performance and functionality of your camera, including the autofocus speed and accuracy. You can check if there is a firmware update available for your X100 camera by visiting the official website of Fujifilm and following the instructions there.

The X100 is a great camera that can produce stunning images, but it also has some limitations that can affect its usability. By understanding what causes the slow focusing problems and how to fix them, you can enjoy your X100 camera more and take better photos.

If you’re looking for a camera that can fit in your pocket, take stunning photos, and make you look like a hipster, you might be tempted by the Fuji X100. This little gem has been around for a decade, and it still holds up as a great choice for enthusiasts and professionals alike. But don’t be fooled by its retro charm and simplicity. The X100 is not a camera for beginners. It has a fixed lens, a quirky autofocus system, and a steep learning curve. You’ll need to master the basics of exposure, composition, and manual controls before you can unleash its full potential. And even then, you might find yourself frustrated by its limitations and quirks. The X100 is not a camera that will hold your hand and do everything for you. It’s a camera that will challenge you, inspire you, and reward you with amazing images. But only if you’re willing to put in the work and embrace its flaws. So if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to snap some pictures, the X100 is not for you. But if you’re looking for a camera that will make you a better photographer, and make you laugh along the way, the X100 might be your perfect companion.

Fujifilm JPEGS are not just ordinary JPEGS, they are works of art!

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Fujifilm JPEGS are amazing! They have a unique look and feel that many photographers love. They are rich in colours, contrast and detail, and they capture the mood and atmosphere of the scene very well. For example, you can use the Classic Chrome film simulation to create a vintage and cinematic look, or the Velvia film simulation to enhance the vibrancy and saturation of your landscapes. Fujifilm JPEGS are so good because they use proprietary film simulations that emulate the characteristics of different types of film. These film simulations are based on decades of experience and research by Fujifilm, and they give the JPEGS a distinctive and artistic touch. Fujifilm JPEGS are also very versatile and customizable. You can adjust various settings such as sharpness, noise reduction, highlight tone, shadow tone, colour and white balance to fine-tune your JPEGS to your liking. You can also apply different film simulations to the same image to create different effects. For instance, you can switch from Provia to Acros to turn your colour image into a stunning black and white one, or from Astia to Eterna to change the mood from soft and gentle to dramatic and intense. Fujifilm JPEGS are a great option for those who want to save time and storage space, or who prefer to get their images right in the camera without much post-processing. They are also fun and inspiring to use, as they encourage you to experiment with different styles and moods. Fujifilm JPEGS are not just ordinary JPEGS, they are works of art!

I love the Fujifilm Provia film simulation so much! It gives me such vibrant and realistic colours in my photos. It’s my go-to choice for most situations. The only other film simulation that comes close is chrome, which has a nice contrast and saturation. But Provia is still my favourite by far!

The Fuji 27mm f2.8 (first version)

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If you are looking for a versatile and compact lens to pair with your X Pro3, you can’t go wrong with the Fujifilm 27mm f2.8. This lens is a gem for general and street photography, as it offers a fast aperture, sharp image quality, and a lightweight design. The 27mm focal length is equivalent to 41mm on a full-frame sensor, which is close to the classic 35mm field of view many photographers love. It allows you to capture many scenes, from landscapes to portraits, without distortion or cropping. The f2.8 aperture lets you shoot in low-light conditions and create beautiful bokeh effects. The lens also has a quick and silent autofocus system that works well with the X Pro3’s hybrid viewfinder. The best part is that the lens is so tiny and light that you can easily carry it around in your pocket or bag. It barely adds any bulk to the X Pro3’s sleek and retro body. The Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 is a great lens for anyone who wants to enjoy the simplicity and creativity of photography with the X Pro3.

I have owned it for quite a while but never really used the Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 lens until recently, and I have to say I’m blown away by its performance! It’s so compact and lightweight, yet it delivers sharp and crisp images with beautiful colours and contrast. It’s perfect for street photography, landscapes, and portraits. It has a fast autofocus and a smooth aperture ring that lets me control the depth of field easily. I love how it makes my camera look sleek and discreet, and how it fits in my pocket when I’m on the go. This lens is a gem and I’m so glad I finally gave it a chance!

Knowing your camera

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If you are passionate about photography, you know how important it is to know your camera well. Your camera is your tool, your partner, and your creative expression. Knowing your camera means you can take better photos, faster and easier.

But how do you get to know your camera? There are so many features, settings, and options that it can be overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, we are here to help you with some tips and tricks to get you started.

The first thing you need to do is read the manual. Yes, we know it sounds boring and tedious, but trust us, it will save you a lot of time and frustration later on. The manual will tell you everything you need to know about your camera’s functions, modes, menus, and buttons. You will learn how to adjust the exposure, focus, white balance, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and more. You will also learn how to use the flash, the zoom, the timer, the burst mode, and other features that can enhance your photos.

The second thing you need to do is practice. The best way to learn is by doing. Take your camera with you everywhere you go and try different settings and situations. Experiment with different angles, perspectives, lighting conditions, and subjects. See how your camera reacts and what results you get. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you will become with your camera.

The third thing you need to do is have fun. Photography is not only a skill but also an art form. It is a way of expressing yourself and capturing moments that matter to you. Don’t get too caught up in the technical details and forget to enjoy the process. Be creative, be curious, be adventurous. Find your own style and voice. Share your photos with others and get feedback. Learn from other photographers and get inspired by their work.

Knowing your camera is not a one-time thing. It is a continuous journey of discovery and improvement. As you grow as a photographer, so will your camera skills. You will always find new things to learn and new ways to challenge yourself.

But remember, the most important thing is not the camera itself but what you do with it.

Why I make pictures

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I take photographs because I love capturing the beauty and the emotion of the world around me. I take photographs because I want to share my perspective and my stories with others. I take photographs because I enjoy the challenge and the creativity of finding the right angle, the right light, and the right moment. I take photographs because I feel alive and happy when I hold a camera in my hands.

Photography is more than just a hobby for me. It is a passion, a way of expression, a form of art. Photography is a journey of discovery, of learning, of growth. Photography is a gift that I can give to myself and to others. Photography is my way of saying thank you to life for all the wonderful experiences and memories that it offers me. Photography is my voice, my vision, my expression. It is who I am and what I do. It is why I take photographs.

On the Riverside in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 04/03/23

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Fujifilm XT2 + XF 16 – 80 f4

Too Much Gear.

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I definitely have too much gear but I can’t see myself getting rid of any any time soon. I am running three systems at the moment, Nikon, Fuji and Canon and I use them at different times and for different reasons as they all have their strong points. Most of my gear is not new, the last new lens I bought was a Vitrox 13mm f1.4 for Fuji.

Nikon D3s and a few lenses I bought recently for great prices used. I still enjoy using a DSLR, especially of this quality. Other Nikons I have and still use are the Nikon D2HS, and Nikon D1. I am definitely a hoarder.

The Canon 1D Mk IV has been my main work camera for the past 10 years and it has never put a foot wrong, always giving me the images I required, but like the Nikon D3s it heavy and you need to be fairly strong to hump it and its L lenses around for a days shoot.

Fujifilm have been building wonderful cameras for a while, cameras with a bit of class. My general everyday camera for work is now Fuji either the XT2 or 3, with the battery grip as they still cannot compete with DSLR’s, power wise. Picture wise they can in certain circumstances, better the comparable DSLR.

I also use the Fujifilm X Pro1,2 & 3 .

If you are looking for a camera that can capture the essence of street photography, you might want to consider the Fuji X Pro2. This camera is designed with street photographers in mind, offering a range of features that make it easy and enjoyable to shoot in any situation. Here are some of the reasons why I love using the Fuji X Pro2 for street photography.

First of all, the Fuji X Pro2 has a hybrid viewfinder that lets you switch between an optical and an electronic viewfinder. This gives you the best of both worlds: you can use the optical viewfinder for a more natural and immersive experience, or you can use the electronic viewfinder for more accuracy and information. The electronic viewfinder also has a magnification function that helps you focus manually, which is great for street photography.

Secondly, the Fuji X Pro2 has a compact and discreet body that blends in with the crowd. The camera is not too big or heavy, so you can carry it around comfortably and discreetly. The camera also has a retro and classic design that looks stylish and elegant. The camera does not attract too much attention, which is ideal for capturing candid moments on the street.

Thirdly, the Fuji X Pro2 has superb image quality that delivers stunning results. The camera has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that produces sharp and detailed images with rich colours and tones. The camera also has a wide range of lenses that suit different styles and situations. You can choose from prime lenses, zoom lenses, wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses, and more. The lenses are also fast and bright, which means you can shoot in low-light conditions without compromising on quality.

Finally, the Fuji X Pro2 has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to adjust settings and modes. The camera has dedicated dials for shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, and drive mode. You can also customize the buttons and menus to suit your preferences. The camera is intuitive and responsive, which means you can focus on your subject and not on your camera.

These are some of the reasons why I think the Fuji X Pro2 is a great camera for street photography. It offers a unique and enjoyable shooting experience that lets you capture the beauty and diversity of life on the street. If you are interested in street photography, I highly recommend you to try out the Fuji X Pro2.

Fujifilm X100 Original

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A great little old camera, 12 years old to be exact. I have not used it for a while as the old batteries had died and finding new ones here in Phnom Penh proved difficult, but not impossible as I eventually found 2 but in two different shops. Glad I did as I had almost forgotten how good the JPEG images from this camera can be. The images seen here were taken yesterday on a short walk (10 km) around the city. The camera is so lite that this is easy to do, easy on the back but not on the feet.