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.

Back button AF

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Using the back button AF is a technique that allows you to focus on your subject without having to press the shutter button halfway. It involves assigning a different button on the back of your camera to activate the autofocus system, instead of using the shutter button. Normally, when you press the shutter button halfway, you activate the autofocus system and lock the focus on your subject. When you press it fully, you take the picture. However, if you move your camera after locking the focus, or if your subject moves, you may lose focus and end up with a blurry image. By using a separate button for focusing, you can avoid this problem and have more control over when and where to focus. This way, you can lock the focus on your subject and recompose the frame without losing focus. Using back button AF can be useful for situations where you want to have more control over the focus point, or when you are shooting moving subjects and want to track them continuously. Some of the benefits of using back button AF are:

  • You can avoid accidental refocusing when you press the shutter button fully.
  • You can switch between single and continuous autofocus modes without changing the settings on your camera.
  • You can prevent focus hunting when shooting in low light or low contrast scenes.
  • You can use manual focus and autofocus interchangeably without switching modes.

To use the back button AF, you need to assign a button on the back of your camera to activate the autofocus system. The exact procedure may vary depending on your camera model, but generally, you can find it in the custom functions menu. Once you have assigned the button, you need to disable the autofocus function from the shutter button. This way, the shutter button will only be used to take the picture, and the back button will be used to focus. To use the back button AF, you simply press and hold the back button to focus on your subject, and then release it when you have achieved focus. You can then recompose the frame and press the shutter button to take the picture.

Why do some photographers get noticed and others don’t.

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Why do some photographers get noticed and others don’t. What is the trick?

This is a question that many aspiring photographers ask themselves, and there is no easy answer. Photography is a creative field, and different people have different tastes and preferences. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another. However, there are some general tips that can help you improve your chances of getting noticed as a photographer.

  • Find your niche. Don’t try to copy what others are doing, but instead focus on what makes you unique and passionate. What kind of photography do you enjoy the most? What kind of stories do you want to tell with your images? What kind of style and mood do you want to create? By finding your niche, you can develop your own voice and vision as a photographer, and attract people who share your interests and values.
  • Be consistent. Once you find your niche, stick to it and be consistent in your work. This doesn’t mean you can’t experiment or try new things, but it does mean you should have a clear direction and purpose for your photography. Consistency helps you build your brand and reputation and also helps you grow as a photographer. People will recognize your work and trust your quality.
  • Be visible. If you want to get noticed, you need to put yourself out there and show your work to the world. There are many platforms and channels where you can showcase your photography, such as social media, websites, blogs, magazines, galleries, contests, etc. Choose the ones that suit your goals and audience, and be active and engaging. Share your work regularly, but also interact with other photographers and potential clients. Give feedback, ask for feedback, join communities, network, collaborate, etc. The more visible you are, the more opportunities you will have.
  • Be persistent. Getting noticed as a photographer is not easy, and it takes time and effort. You will face challenges, rejections, criticisms, and competition along the way. Don’t let that discourage you or stop you from pursuing your passion. Keep learning, improving, creating, and sharing your work. Keep trying new things and reaching out to new people. Keep believing in yourself and your vision. Eventually, you will find your audience and your success.

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.

Using the Fujifilm XE2 camera plus XF 18mm f2 for street photography

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If you are looking for a compact and versatile camera for street photography, you might want to consider the Fujifilm XE2 with a 18mm f2 lens. This combination offers many advantages for capturing candid moments in the urban environment. Here are some reasons why:

  • The Fujifilm XE2 is a mirrorless camera that has a retro design and a solid build quality. It has a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor that delivers excellent image quality and low-light performance. It also has a fast and accurate autofocus system that can track moving subjects with ease.
  • The 18mm f2 lens is a wide-angle prime lens that has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27mm. This is a classic focal length for street photography, as it allows you to capture a wide view of the scene without distorting the perspective too much. It also has a bright aperture of f2 that lets you create shallow depth of field effects and shoot in low-light situations.
  • The combination of the Fujifilm XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens is very lightweight and discreet. You can easily carry it around in your bag or pocket, and it won’t attract too much attention from your subjects.
  • The Fujifilm XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens also give you a lot of creative control over your images. You can choose from various film simulation modes that emulate the look of classic Fujifilm films, such as Provia, Velvia, Astia, and more. You can also adjust the exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, and other settings with dedicated dials and buttons on the camera body.

As you can see, the Fujifilm XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens are a great pair for street photography. They allow you to capture the beauty and spontaneity of life on the streets with ease and style. If you are interested in this setup, you can find more information and reviews online or visit your local camera store to try it out for yourself.

What Camera equipment is essential when travelling

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If you love photography and travel, you might wonder what essential camera equipment you need to pack when travelling light. Travelling light means carrying only the most necessary items that will allow you to capture the best shots of your destination without compromising your comfort and mobility.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right camera equipment for travelling light.

First, you need to decide what kind of camera you want to use. There are many types of cameras available, such as DSLRs, mirrorless, compact, action, and smartphone cameras. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your preferences, budget, and skill level. For example, DSLRs offer the best image quality and versatility, but they are also bulky and heavy. Mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter than DSLRs, but they still have interchangeable lenses and good performance. Compact cameras are easy to use and fit in your pocket, but they have limited zoom and low-light capabilities. Action cameras are great for capturing videos and extreme sports, but they have a fixed wide-angle lens and poor audio quality. Smartphone cameras are convenient and always with you, but they have limited battery life and storage space.

Second, you need to choose the right lenses for your camera. Lenses are the most important part of your camera equipment, as they determine the quality and style of your photos. However, lenses can also be heavy and expensive, so you need to be selective about which ones to bring. A good rule of thumb is to bring one or two lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths and situations. For example, you can bring a standard zoom lens (such as 18-55mm or 24-70mm) that can handle landscapes, portraits, and street photography. You can also bring a prime lens (such as 35mm or 50mm) that has a fast aperture and can create beautiful bokeh effects. Alternatively, you can bring a superzoom lens (such as 18-200mm or 28-300mm) that can cover everything from wide-angle to telephoto shots.

Third, you need to consider the accessories that will enhance your photography experience. Accessories are the items that will help you protect, stabilize, charge, store, and edit your photos. However, accessories can also add weight and bulk to your luggage, so you need to prioritize the ones that are most useful and essential. For example, you should always bring a camera bag or case that will protect your camera and lenses from dust, water, and impact. You should also bring a tripod or a monopod that will help you capture sharp and steady shots in low-light conditions or with long exposures. You should also bring extra batteries and memory cards that will ensure you have enough power and storage space for your photos. You should also bring a cleaning kit that will help you keep your camera and lenses clean from dust and smudges. You should also bring a laptop or a tablet that will allow you to back up, edit, and share your photos.

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These are some of the essential camera equipment you need to pack when travelling light. By choosing the right camera equipment for your needs and preferences, you can enjoy taking amazing photos of your travels without sacrificing your comfort and mobility.