Last year, I shot extensively on the street with a Mamiya 6. It was heaps of fun. I loved the negatives, and since then I had this wish to use a digital medium format camera on the street.
First I thought I will use my Mamiya DF with DM22 back. But it is very big and too slow to use on the street. Best I could have done was to use it for some street portraits. Shooting reactive street photography is simply too much of a hassle with it. Then I thought of trying Pentax 645Z (or D) but never got the opportunity. And Pentax is still on the heavier side.
Finally last weekend, I got the opportunity to use one. The Fujifilm GFX50s, thanks to Leigh Diprose from Fujifilm Australia. He kindly allowed me to take the camera and the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR and GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR for around 3 hours, good enough time for me to take it to the street.
Now, this is not a review. I can’t do one as I don’t think I understand camera technology enough to write one. If it is anything, then it is my own rambling about using the camera on the street, some thoughts on street photography and using medium format on the street. Or that’s what I believe it to be.
With that disclaimer, let’s start. Continue reading “My short experience with Fujifilm GFX50s on the street”
A few days back, I was talking to a fellow photographer who was looking to get a compact body to shoot on the streets. He was considering an X100T or a more compact body like Fujifilm’s X70 or Ricoh’s GRII. And since I use both the cameras from Fujifilm and also shoot on the streets, he asked me about my experience and preference.
With the launch of X100F, the price of X100T is coming down to a range where getting a used X100T won’t require a significant more investment than an X70. And many are asking the same question. So, I thought I will write my experience with these two cameras. Both the cameras are old in terms of camera years and have been reviewed and compared by far more knowledgeable people. So instead of looking at the features, underlying technology (not much difference anyway), ergonomics and on location experience, I want to focus on how these cameras require a completely different approach. A critical yet often underrated factor. Continue reading “Fujifilm X70 or X100T – which camera for street photography”
Can there be a photography blog without “what’s in my bag” post?
I don’t think so. We photographers lust for gears. The newer, shinier the better. And if you are a camera nerd, then make it older and obscure the better. If anyone says otherwise, they are either lying or simply attained nirvana.
So let’s get it done.
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