I just recently came home from New York where I’ve spent close to a week with my wife on Manhattan. While it was our first time in NY I had my mind set on shooting as much street photography as possible when there. And so I did.
Going with my trusty Canon 5D Mark II which is quite heavy I felt that I really needed something lighter while walking around in the intense heat in July in New York. Before we left Stockholm I read up a lot on the Ricoh GR Digital IV on many places like on YouTube and blogs by Olivier Duong, John McCarthy and of course Eric Kim.
Hunting for a new camera
Upon arriving the hotel I had approx 30 minutes before B&H Photo closed and I really wanted that camera as soon as possible so I left my bags and wife at the hotel and ran. I reached B&H out of breath 15 minutes later and was able to buy the Ricoh I’d wanted and from that point I fell in love.
Since the lens on the Ricoh is fixed at 28mm which is wider than I’m used to shoot it was a short time of transition. I am so used to be able to frame a scene in 50mm without looking into the viewfinder of my DLSR since I’ve been shooting it so much. But now I had to go even closer to get the shot which is something I personally think is very good in street photography.
As close as I can get to my subjects the better, and with the small incognito black camera I was using that became very easy. At least in a big city as New York. I’m looking forward using it in not such a big city soon. Like my own hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
The Snap Focus functionality is simply amazing when shooting street photography and this is something I will miss when using the Canon 5D. What the snap focus does is that it allows you to set a pre-defined distance on where to focus.
Combine that with an aperture of f/4-5,6 on such a small sensor and shoot on Iso 200-400 outside and you’ll be guaranteed to get the subject sharp and in focus just by pushing the camera trigger fully without pre-focusing by pushing halfway as we’re used to.
This functionality changed me and the way I shoot in just a few days in a very positive way.
What do you prefer to shoot with?