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.
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