TLR. I don't understand it, but shooting in the street with a TLR is like putting on an invisibility cloak. I've stood right next to people, taken full-on face shots, and they look at me as if I am not there. And I am talking about typical MF slow work, needing to focus, frame, etc.
I've used a Bronica ETRSi with WLF in the same situations and people notice. Something about that large single eye compared to the two small eyes on a TLR? I've used a TLR with a 45 degree prism on it and it still doesn't get noticed as much as an SLR, so I do think it is the smaller lenses and different shape of a TLR.
You want a nice street TLR, get a Minolta Autocord. The way the focus lever sits at the bottom, you can cradle the camera in the left hand and focus with it, hold steady and fire the shutter with the right hand, I find it easier than a rollei-style focus knob on the side. A Rolleicord (another good option) before the type V series where they moved the focus knob to the left side is another good street shooter- left hand cradles and fires shutter, right hand focuses and winds.
Well, I'm partial to TLRs. Other people use SLRs in the street and it works for them. APUG's medium format forum has a lot of SLR users. Rangefinder Forum's TLR forum might be worth looking over to get more input on TLRs and street work- http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...play.php?f=108
Last edited by Dan Daniel; 12-05-2011 at 10:47 AM. Click to view previous post history.