The Best Street Photography Equipment

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Hey STREETTOGS, this is my recommended equipment for street photography:


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Disclaimer: Everything in this article is of the personal opinion of ERIC KIM. My suggestion with camera equipment; try out different gear for yourself, and figure out what works best for you. What works best for me (ERIC KIM) won’t work for you.

But this is all advice I would have given myself if I started street photography again.

Also note, all HAPTIC INDUSTRIES PRODUCTS are produced by my partner Cindy and our partner Lan (which includes the Henri/ERIC KIM STRAPS advertised in this post). I use all HAPTIC products on all my cameras, and put my heart and soul into them.

Portrait of Lan, the artisan who hand-makes (all) Henri Straps and leather HAPTIC INDUSTRIES Products
Portrait of Lan, the artisan who hand-makes (all) Henri Straps and leather HAPTIC INDUSTRIES Products

Now we got that out of the way; let’s jump into the equipment recommendation for street photography:


Digital Street Photography

ERIC KIM Neck Strap for RICOH GR II
ERIC KIM Neck Strap for RICOH GR II

Let’s start with digital.

The best everyday camera for street photography is the RICOH GR II. Around $600 USD, fits in your front pocket and has an uber-sharp 28mm f2.8 lens, no anti aliasing filter (sharpness optimized), a DSLR sized APSC sensor, and has an integrated flash. Get it with the ERIC KIM NECK STRAP (fits the RICOH GR II) and you’re set. Or you can get the ERIC KIM WRIST STRAP (normal straps don’t fit the nylon loop for the RICOH GR II mount).

For the best “all around” value camera for street photography, buy the Fujifilm X100F. Insanely fast auto focus, phenomenal image quality, the best digital colors, and a fantastic 35mm lens. You won’t go wrong with it. I recommend getting it with HENRI Neck Strap.

If you have a lot of disposable income I would recommend the Leica M10, if you prefer super minimalist aesthetics, the best quality object, and if you prefer manual focus. I recommend the Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH lens, and also the Henri Neck Strap or the new Henri Shoulder Strap (in Crema Brown or Phantom Black). If you prefer a wrist strap, get the Henri Wrist Strap.

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Bags

For bags in street photography, I would generally recommend the Thinktank Retrospective 5: not too big or small, and extremely durable and functional. Thinktank makes the best camera bags. If you prefer a backpack, I recommend the Thinktank Perception 15, or their Perception Pro if you have a bigger DSLR camera.

If you want something sleek and stylish, I recommend the limited edition Saigon Satchel by HAPTIC INDUSTRIES.

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SAIGON SATCHEL

Phone Street Photography

Tokyo man flip phone. Tokyo, 2017. Shot on RICOH GR II with flash, with ERIC KIM Color Preset

For phones, generally I would recommend the newest iPhone for street photography (the iPhone X). For a more budget option, there is the iPhone SE, which has the same camera as the iPhone 6S (more than good for street photography). Make sure to download the “Procamera” app, so you can shoot street photography with no shutter lag.

If you prefer Android, I recommend the Google Pixel (newest model), or the newest model of the OnePlus phone (slightly cheaper). Both are good. Process your photos in the VSCO app (I recommend the A6 aesthetic preset for color photos).

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Film Street Photography

If you’re new to film street photography, pick up a copy of FILM NOTES and start hitting the streets.

The best “bang for the buck” film camera for street photography (that won’t break on you) is the compact Contax T2. If you have more money lying around, I recommend the Contax T3.

The Ricoh GR-film series cameras are great too (for black and white film), but the cameras aren’t very reliable and break often. But if you can get a good deal on it, I recommend it too.

The best bang for the buck film rangefinder is the film Leica M6, and the best budget lens is the Voightlander 35mm f/2.5 Color Skopar lens.

The best film (35mm) camera for street photography is the film Leica MP (has a built in meter). And the best lens also for the film Leica MP is the Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH lens.

Film Photography 101:

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If you’re interested in learning how to shoot film, start with this guide:

  1. FILM PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS by ERIC KIM
  2. Film Street Photography Manual
  3. Introduction to Shooting Film in Street Photography
  4. What I Learned Shooting 100 Rolls of Black and White Film
  5. What I Learned Processing 164 Rolls of Film After Waiting a Year
  6. My Experiences Shooting Medium-Format Film in Street Photography
  7. A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)
  8. Why Digital Is Dead For Me In Street Photography
  9. Video: Why I’m Switching Back to Black and White Film for Street Photography
  10. The Zen of Shooting Film Photography

Videos: How to Shoot Film


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