Good to see another SLR in the mix, rthomas.
I can't imagine trying to capture candid scenes with a 4x5 ... what's your technique there? Long lens and a lot of waiting in one place? That's my first guess.
Bradleyk ... I also use the 28 and 50 most often.
But now that my pancake 45 tessar is back from the shop, i'll probably put it on my 139Q and try that setup for street. Quite a bit more compact than the RTS + distagon 28 f2.8 / 50 f1.4
The 50 1.4 is ideal for me because it's so darn fast!
thanks everyone for the information. I love hearing about what other people use (the firearm chatter is even a bit amusing)
Still like to hear from anyone else.
Also, something else came to mind. Is HP5 Ilford equivalent of Tri-X?
I use a camera that MOST, no all, say it's close to impossible to shoot street with. They say it's too heavy, too loud, too much mirror shake, and too slow to focus, just to name a few. It has helped me make my favorite images so far.
I use a Minox 35GT and a Zeiss Contax 11 Range finder camera with a Zeiss 5cm f1.5 lens.
Curiously, I have found that using a big camera on a tripod makes me "invisible" when doing street photography. I'm "part of the furniture" rather than an annoying pest that buzzes after people with a camera fixed to my face.
I set up by prefocussing and framing on an promising spot, shop window, ticket booth, fountain, and the like, where interesting looking people may do quirky things. I watch the unfolding scene attentively but casually and I never look at anyone through the camera. Sometimes the reflection in the lens filter tells me my "target" is in the right spot. Because I fuss with the camera controls, make meter readings, occasionally press the cable release, wind the film while standing in front of the camera, no one is certain when I have made an exposure or who has been photographed; not even the small, easily bored, transient crowd that gathers to watch what I do!
My most "conspicuous" camera is the Mamiya RB 67, a TLR is even less visible, and the 8x10 view camera may as well not be there at all. I guess the "street" psychology is that when the camera does not "chase" it's not a predator in pursuit of prey
Usally my Rolleiflex TLR or my Canon F-1
I use what's probably a classic combination for street photography, a Leica M4-P or IIIf with a 35mm lens or a CV 21/4. But Maris is right. When I use my 8x10 on a tripod, most people don't know what I'm doing. I don't mind when an occasional onlooker stops and asks me about the camera, and I take some time to let them look through the groundglass. They're always impressed.
Most often a Leica M3 with either a M6 or a iiif/iiic in the other pocket. Most pictures with 50, some with 35. 90 havenīt been used so far. Tri-x.
I shoot "Street" in terms of candids near daily for several long term book projects, one about 2 years from being done, the other 6. I also shoot it in a manner of speaking for several corporate clients, one that has seen visits from HCB in their 50+ year history...
In the past, I used noting but Leica M. Then for reasons I don't want to get into, I challenged that choice a couple months ago by shooting either a Nikon FM3A with a 35/2 AIS or a Hasselblad 501 C/M with a 60mm 3.5 instead. It did not matter if I was in close as some like to call it or among buildings, castles or cattle, I was not being "caught" any more or less than when I used the so called ultimate street camera. The pics from the 35/2 Nikon were almost as nice as the $$$$ Leica 35/2 asph in printing Tri-X negs. But the Blad...wow, what a whole new look for me in "Street", by far my favorite for the genre.
I sold all my Leica gear but one M3, 50/2 Zeiss and 50/2 collapsable Summicron. It lives in the same bag as they Nikon FM3 which is only a tad bigger than the M3. I use all the gear equally depending on what I am after.
So many people shoot Leica for street and a lot of it starts to look the same. The Blad is an entirely different approach, I can't believe how invisible with that sucker I can be and the images are just gorgeous.
I love using my Hasselblad for street work. I find people either don't notice you when you're looking down the WLF, or they respond positively. I also like a challenge, it makes me more thoughtful about what and how I shoot. I'd still like a nice rangefinder with a fast lens though, for low light work.
Wonderfull image. Really love the feel of it.