For my Street Photography, which is typically black & white, I use completely different gear. Again, I try to use the same minimalist but quality approach I use with landscape photography.
You don’t need much, in fact, you want to be as discrete as possible. As it turns out, the camera I use for street is just as much a classic as the Nikon D850. It is the superb Fujifilm X100F.
Let’s get into it.
My Top Pick camera for street photography: Fujifilm X100F
I love this camera, it’s small, solid, discrete and produces just superb images. The X100F is a classic and even with a fixed lens, you would be amazed at all the different type of images you can capture. It has a 24 f2.0 fixed lens which is equivalent to a 35 lens on a 35 mm camera. It also produces 24.3mp images. This is a 4th generation X100 camera and it shows. Truly a beautiful and classic camera.
By the way, for both this and the Nikon, I’ve switched to CaptureOne for my imaging processing. There is a difference and the Fuji especially processes much better with CaptureOne. I still have Lightroom and Photoshop but CaptureOne is my dominant processor.
All my other street photography gear
- Fujifilm Adapter Ring – If you’re going to use a filter, you’ll need this adapter ring. It should come with the camera, but it doesn’t.
- Camera Strap – I would never use this camera without a hand strap. The camera is so small that it could easily slip out of your hand. Get a hand strap, it’s cheap, looks great, and you’re protected.
- Circular Polarizer – This is the only filter I use and I just remove it if I don’t need a polarizer. Don’t put a cheap UV filter on this lens, you don’t need it and the lens is such a super lens without it. The adapter ring should be sufficient to protect the lens glass with normal care.
- Lensmate Thumb Grip – This is probably the only deficiency on the camera and the thumb grip really helps in firmly holding the X100F. The Thumb Grip just fits into the flash slot.
- MegaGear Neoprene Case – This small case fits the X100F perfectly and is truly a minimal case for street photography. Just put in your pocket when not using. If I’m not using a flash, this is all I carry for a case.
- Godox TT350F and Xpro-F Wireless Flash Trigger – The big deal with the Fujifilm X100F is that it is one of the very, very few cameras with a leaf shutter. What that means is that you can sync your flash at, for example 1/1000 sec. That’s enough to over power the sun and only with this camera can you capture images which other cameras, not even the D850, can begin to approach. The TT350 also comes as a V350F which has a Li-ion battery, but this is much larger, more expensive, and the smaller AA battery model, the TT, works fine for this camera.
- Demb Classic Flip-it – The Demb flash reflector was recommended by another professional photographer who had been using this for years. It’s perfect and I wouldn’t be without it. If you want, you can use a simple shoot through umbrella and light stand but without going to that, just use the Demb.
- Ona Camera Bag – There is no more classic looking bag than the Ona Bowery and it’s available in leather, canvas and black nylon. The camera, flash and trigger all fit nicely in this bag and this is the perfect gift for this street system (especially if you can get someone to buy it for you!)