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Street and candids


22 Oct 2012 10:49PM
Shortly going on Med. cruise and want to further my images of sights and scenes on board ship .
Will produce them as black and white images.
To be discreet (and have a camera to hand at all times) what compact do you recommend for quality results?
I do have a Sony NEX7 with 18-55 and 55-210 but sometimes that can be too obtrusive and not practical.

Thanks,
Mike T

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Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
23 Oct 2012 12:08AM
How much do you want to spend.

I use a Fuji x10, but if you want to be discreet you can`t get any better than the new Olympus XZ-2, it shares a lot of the same feautures as the OM-D, it even has the same tilting touch screen, very discreet.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/olympus-xz-2-1092978/review
RobboB e2
7 78 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 7:57AM
I use the X10 too. Great camera
JaHa 2 48 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 9:10AM
Why not go for a small prime, like the NEX 16mm? Seems a shame to use a compact if you have an NEX-7 already, and the 16mm would make it a lot more discreet from what I've seen.
timbo 12 591 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 9:30AM
Another vote for the X10 here. It's a compact but so much more. I never go anywhere without it.
redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 10:40AM
Your Sony NEX7 with whatever lens is more than adequate for street photography.

It's a myth that the street photographer has to be undertaken in a discreet or surreptitious manner with a tiny camera thatís easily hidden away.

Personally I use a big hulking Canon 300D with 28-135mm or 10-20mm lens and achieve good results. The trick is to be open and honest that you have a camera, itís amazing how quickly you become Ďpart of the street furnitureí.

Having your camera hidden away then quickly whipping it out to covertly capture a shot is more likely to result in people thinking that youíre up to no good.í
peted01 5 72 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 11:00AM
agree with redsnapper, dont hide it and be honest, talk to people and ask them if you can take their photo
Focus_Man 4 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 11:03AM
Ricoh R8 is fine except the flash is a little under powered.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
23 Oct 2012 11:38AM

Quote:It's a myth that the street photographer has to be undertaken in a discreet or surreptitious manner with a tiny camera thatís easily hidden away


No its not a myth, some feel more comfortable being discreet with a small camera Smile
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
23 Oct 2012 11:53AM

Quote:agree with redsnapper, dont hide it and be honest, talk to people and ask them if you can take their photo

This is a great approach if you want cooperation but it always results in the same...slightly uncomfortable "natural candid" poses or cheesy grins / obviously not candid shots. I do prefer real life shots and the only way to get those is with highly skilled actors, or when the person is naturally unaware.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
23 Oct 2012 11:59AM
That`s were the OM-D`s touch screen comes in to play, even though they know your about to take there picture they just assume your faffing with the back of the camera Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
23 Oct 2012 12:23PM
Something you can use at waist level, i.e. with a tilt-screen, is useful.

Alternatively hang a DSLR/CSC camera around your neck and use a high-res camera phone to actually take the photos. Nobody will imagine that, with a 'proper' camera so visible upon your person, you are using your phone. Grin
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
23 Oct 2012 12:32PM

Quote:Alternatively hang a DSLR/CSC camera around your neck and use a high-res camera phone to actually take the photos. Nobody will imagine that, with a 'proper' camera so visible upon your person, you are using your phone.

Even without the camera I've found it easy to use a phone to take candids. You just have to hold it as though you're using some aspect of the phone.
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Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
23 Oct 2012 12:50PM
I`ve been caught out a few times using my old MJU11, quite embarrassing Smile

Its a clam shell design, every time you slide it open it activates the flash, you can switch it off but this has to be done every time you open it.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
23 Oct 2012 12:55PM

Quote:you can switch it off but this has to be done every time you open it.


I have actually taped up the flash on my camera phone because of this! Grin

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