Street Photography Set Up – 2017

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done something like this, in fact as this post here suggests it’s been over a year,  and as things have changed and I’ve made adjustments to what equipment I use I thought I’d update you all with what’s in my bag when I go shooting the streets.

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Clockwise from Top left:

Not really a camera bag but it is small and light and can easily fit all I need inside, just about. Also I bought this when I was in Firenze last year and I just really like the look of it, the logo on there in case you’re wondering is for the football club based in Firenze, Fiorentina.

Olympus OM-D EM5 with Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm lens. If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’re probably familiar with this combination of kit as it’s responsible for a lot of the images I make. The EM-5 is light and not as noticeable as a DSLR, good for being inconspicuous,  and although the 25mm (full frame equivalent of 50mm) lens adds a noticeable “nose” to the camera that sticks out, the quality it is capable of means I don’t mind about its size. The camera is red as I attached a custom leatherette covering, it goes with the red and black wrist-strap.

17mm M.Zuiko lens. The secondary lens I carry around with me mainly due to it’s very small size and that it gives a little bit more of a wide angle if I need it (it’s full frame equivalent to 34mm). Not quite as sharp as the 25mm but then again it didn’t cost as much either, and is performs perfectly fine.

Olympus OM-1. My favourite film SLR that I own, the vast majority of film images are taken with this by me, I tend to leave the 50mm F.Zuiko lens on it as that’s my favoured focal length for street photography although I do have a 28mm Vivitar lens as well (not pictured). The body is in great condition for its age, the blue leatherette covering is, as with the EM-5, custom, and the strap is a beautiful smelling leather one that I have spoken about previously here.

Ilford FP4 125 & Fomapan Classic 100. If I had a choice, and all the money in the world, I would shoot Ilford FP4 exclusively for all black and white images, unfortunately I don’t have either of those things and so although I like to treat myself to a roll of it now and then I tend to use Fomapan a lot more. There’s nothing wrong with Fomapan, as for the price of it it’s hard to beat especially when you have as much bulk stock of it in the fridge like I do.

Wallet. Says it all doesn’t it? Can’t go out all day without any money, especially if you plan to sit down with a coffee and watch as interesting people walk by, merrily snapping away at them with your camera.

Rail Pass. A recent addition since my work moved offices to the centre of the city, I can shoot on my lunch breaks but also on weekends as I’ve already paid for it.

Phone. Need to be contactable.

Lens cleaning cloth. Again, does what it says on the tin.

Book. Just the book I happen to be reading at the moment but also since I’ve started taking the train everyday I’ve found a lot more time to just sit and read, besides you can’t always have the camera viewfinder glued to your face.

Notebook and Pen. For jotting down film, exposures, aperture, shutter speeds etc etc, all useful when you’ve had 10 rolls back from the lab and you need to decipher what was shot when and how. How else would I be able to put the exposure details under most of my images on here otherwise.

So there we have it, my current street photography set up. How about yourselves, what do you pack with you when you head out to shoot? I’d love to know what works for other people so leave me a comment below.

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