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    I envy your trip and would just like to spend a few hours there with a Leica II. Good luck.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    I use an RZ for street shooting frequently. I like the 110 lens myself, but if you have a 50mm uld lens, I'd use that instead; scary sharp and great dof.

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    leave both camera's home and take the Contax G2 with 24 and 90mm, rent a bike> go to B&H> buy a lot of 35 film and have a great weekend in my favorite city. I've been there with too much(big) gear; it drives you crazy. Have fun !

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    I tangle with a cop every few months over my tripod but the reality is that they can't do a thing in public spaces (and I gently remind them of the laws, an absurdity in itself). The only limiting factor is your common sense and how much you are willing to be inconvenienced. That said, I live here so I sort of avoid Times Square like the plague. If you must have the shot, you are still allowed to take it but it may not be without its annoyances. The only no-no with tripods is in the subway and in private spaces (which may not appear so private upon first glance). My biggest battle has been photographing in the subway. This was a bigger problem five years ago. MANY of the officers patrolling the subway system had not done their homework and believed it to be illegal to photograph anywhere in the system. After repeated interactions, the NYPD seemed to make an effort to educate their members on the actual laws they were enforcing and thankfully this is now a much less common occurrence.

    I have been shooting street here with Leica M and Nikon F for quite a few years but lately I have taken to the streets with a recent acquisition, a Bronica SQ-Ai. With a prism and a grip it is just as convenient as 35mm but when shooting people it does tend to get noticed however, not as much as I would have suspected. Now that I'm quite comfortable with it, it seems to put people at ease and I am getting less shots of people staring into the camera.

    As to which camera to bring, I think it depends on what you intend to shoot. If you want to capture people and all their little magic moments, that require you to work quickly and decisively (what I consider traditional street photography), I'd certainly prefer the MF rig. If I was more about the surroundings and the architecture the people were in, I would go 4x5. I know some guys shoot street with 4x5 hand-held without flash but I think that's being a bit masochistic! For me anyway, I'm on board with the sentiment that 4x5 is just too darn expensive to shoot without a tripod so I suppose the right answer is that you bring both! Have a good time!
    Bronica SQ-Ai - Nikon F - Leica M

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    Do you have any wider lenses for the Mamiya than 110mm? Something like 80mm or less? I ask because 110mm is a bit on the long side for street photography in an urban area with medium format cameras.

    The Speed Graphic is a perfectly capable street photographer's rig and no tripod is needed. Handheld is fine.

    I just did some street work with a Mamiya C330 yesterday, prism finder & 80mm lens. This was my first time using a prism finder on the street (usually I use a chimney finder). The upshot is I was composing images a lot more quickly and accurately, and they weren't at chest-level. The downside is I lost the element of surprise. I didn't use my 65mm lens because the bellow extensions usually require too much exposure compensation compared to the 80mm, which rarely requires any.

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    As a New Yorker, I don't think you'll have problems unless you're blocking traffic or people are tripping over your tripod. Certainly you don't want people tripping over your tripod in the subway! I've seen tripods on 5th and 42nd Street and no one bothered the photographer.

    You'll be close to the iconic Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alankle...57625796644064 (Sorry it's digital but I was on my way to work and that's all I had.)

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    PS: I had to Photoshop the max out of the picture to straighten the building lines. That's something you will be able to deal with in your camera if you use LF.

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    I'd use 35mm if I want to be practical. I just think 35mm would be a perfect medium for street. Otherwise, I'd use a weirdest and the most impractical choice I can have, just because I can and it'll be fun - that will be a speed graphic. I might even dress up in a period correct attire doing it....

    I've been having fun myself with my Kodak Tourist.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I've used the 50 ULD for street work in the past, and have nothing but positive things to say about it.

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