The best camera for street photography?

Richard

All-Pro
Feb 1, 2013
Marlow, UK
Not for the first time, I'm thinking back to the focussing arrangement on my first camera and how practical it was for everyday photography. The manual focus ring on the Olympus Trip 35 had steps for one person, two people, three people and mountain. That was your choice, and providing you hadn't chosen mountain when you were shooting someone four feet away, it seemed to work out fine. The 40mm f2.8 lens was very forgiving for focus too I think.

And it didn't need batteries.

-R
 

Lightmancer

Legend
Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
Not for the first time, I'm thinking back to the focussing arrangement on my first camera and how practical it was for everyday photography. The manual focus ring on the Olympus Trip 35 had steps for one person, two people, three people and mountain. That was your choice, and providing you hadn't chosen mountain when you were shooting someone four feet away, it seemed to work out fine. The 40mm f2.8 lens was very forgiving for focus too I think.

And it didn't need batteries.

-R
I love a good Trip. This is mine; I rescued it for £5 from a charity shop. I took it to bits, cleaned it of 30-odd years of accumulated gunk, treated it to a chrome thumb-rest and blue skins plus a leather wrist strap (all of which cost more than the camera...) and have used it ever since. This thread has reminded me to give it an outing this weekend.
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theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
Cheshire, England
Martin Connolly
Not for the first time, I'm thinking back to the focussing arrangement on my first camera and how practical it was for everyday photography. The manual focus ring on the Olympus Trip 35 had steps for one person, two people, three people and mountain. That was your choice, and providing you hadn't chosen mountain when you were shooting someone four feet away, it seemed to work out fine. The 40mm f2.8 lens was very forgiving for focus too I think.

And it didn't need batteries.

-R
The Olympus XA2 on its default setting is in focus from 6ft to infinity. For street it’s great; small, discreet, and sharply-lensed.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, VA
Steve
Not for the first time, I'm thinking back to the focussing arrangement on my first camera and how practical it was for everyday photography. The manual focus ring on the Olympus Trip 35 had steps for one person, two people, three people and mountain. That was your choice, and providing you hadn't chosen mountain when you were shooting someone four feet away, it seemed to work out fine. The 40mm f2.8 lens was very forgiving for focus too I think.

And it didn't need batteries.

-R
I remember focusing schemes on other cameras as well.
 

phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
Mar 23, 2015
Aotearoa
I love a good Trip. This is mine; I rescued it for £5 from a charity shop. I took it to bits, cleaned it of 30-odd years of accumulated gunk, treated it to a chrome thumb-rest and blue skins plus a leather wrist strap (all of which cost more than the camera...) and have used it ever since. This thread has reminded me to give it an outing this weekend. View attachment 193539
Came here for the first mention of the Trip 35 :)
Was not disappointed. Super simple, simple zone focus scale, instant response, sharp lens, no battery required and the metering doesn't seem to have aged as badly as similar era cameras.
 

mpeterson

Regular
Mar 2, 2014
US Midwest
Mark Peterson
But anyway, also considering price, weight, WR, AF capabilities on top of the things, Fujifilm has things well in the bag. What am I personally going to do, it remains to be seen.
It certainly can be a journey. I've been on my own camera quest the past few years. I have been in and out of Fuji, Sony, and Leica M (including M240, twice) for travel and street. I've concluded that the X100F is my current preferred street camera, for many of the reasons outlined by mike3996.

I've always primarily used zone focus for street, as well. When I first acquired the X-Pro2 and X100F, I was prepared to be disappointed by face/eye detection based on the early reviews. But lately I've been using it in place of zone focus for much of my street, and I've been really pleased.
 

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