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Street Photography

5 Jul 2013 11:03AM
Hi There,

Can anyone recommend a good small (compact) digital camera to take out and about with me when doing a spot of street photography?

I currently have a Canon SLR, however, just feel this is a little too big and obtrusive. What I'd like is something along the lines of the Lumix GX1 but perhaps a bit cheaper. A small adjustable lense is a must.



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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
5 Jul 2013 11:19AM
Fuji X10 or Lumix G5
SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
5 Jul 2013 1:26PM
Having just had a look to see how much it is before commenting, I see the GX1 & 14-24 is 349 on Wex. Seems pretty good if that's a camera you are interested in.

Fwiw I use a Fuji x100s for street and can't recommend it highly enough, but probably outside your budget. Original x100 is cheaper, but fixed 35mm lens also (by adjustable I assume you mean zoom?). Otherwise X10/X20.
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
5 Jul 2013 1:52PM
Do it the Daido Moriyama way - cheap(ish) compact, concentrate on the picture.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jul 2013 2:03PM
Something along the lines of the Fuji x10 or the newer x20.

The older cheaper X10 is good enough for me.


The GX1, GF2, GF3, EPM1, EPM2 etc are all good, but an EVF viewfinder if required would bump the cost up.

And these will only retain there really small size by using a compact prime.


mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 2:30PM
The Panasonic G3 is looking ridiculously good value at the moment at 189

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jul 2013 2:32PM
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jul 2013 3:37PM
Forgot to add, the Olympus EPL3 might be a better option than a GF or GX camera, it comes with a handy tilting screen on the back the lifts up behind the camera, its very discreet.

Or the new Olympus EPM2 with the 14-42mm kit lens, a little dearer, but you can claim a free 17mm pancake lens, very handy for the street.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 3:45PM
As I mentioned a while ago my GX1 went Kaput. I was quoted 212.64 for repair - I'd spent just under a tenner to send it for assessment.

So I bought one from eBay for 202.98 from Eurotronics_4_less. It's obviously a grey import having a US plug charger [they were up-front about that] and body only, but the GX1 really is a terrific little camera - especially at that price. Unfortunately I don't think they have any left [they'd obviously got a batch of them], but there are a few others for not much more - some with kit lenses.

I've already got lenses including the 20mm pancake [a fabulous lens, but not cheap] and the 14-42 x lens which is not much bigger when switched off.

Quality wise for a compact and pretty unobtrusive looking camera there's not much to touch it at the price it's currently available for.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jul 2013 3:54PM
I`m not sure about the GX1 but I know the GF2 and GF3 can be hacked, giving more or less the same video quality as the 5D mark 11.

I got my GF2 sorted out the other day, a word of warning though, you might have a job editing the files unless you can find a way of re-wrapping them Smile

I had loads of fun building a truck from meccano that I can clamp this little camera to and runs along scaleletric track for low level footage Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
9 Jul 2013 5:40PM
Any recommendations filter-wise for the G5? Am I right in thinking that a linear polariser will be OK as I've got one of those in 52mm but not a circular one. I don't want to buy one unnecessarily. It doesn't actually specify in the manual which to use.
Either a Hoya or Hama will do I expect but I'm not sure if the make/type is crucial for M4/3 gear.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
9 Jul 2013 5:46PM
What filter thread is on the lens, is it 46mm, if it is all you need do is buy a step up ring 46-52mm, there just a couple of quid on Amazon.

Your linear polariser will be fine.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
9 Jul 2013 5:49PM
It's a 52mm thread, but is it best to use linear or circular?
I've got a linear one so if it's that I'm sorted. Doesn't say in manual which you should use.
I've tried the linear one but it doesn't seem to have an effect at all.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
9 Jul 2013 5:50PM
Linear is fine Chris, I`m still using a few that are 30 odd years old, they work just fine.

It might be worth getting a small hood as well, you might even have one floating around.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
9 Jul 2013 5:55PM
I've got a hood, came with camera kit.
It's not easy to see any difference in the viewfinder when turning the polariser around. Possibly something to do with being digital. I'll give it a whirl though.
Ta. Smile

Just tried it outside, no difference in pictures at all. Strange.

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