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A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« on: April 14, 2009, 04:28:06 AM »
My primary work is street shooting, candids. I don't need to be invisible but I do need to be unobtrusive.
I love the A900 but I'm struggling to use it effectively for this purpose. I do great with a small Panasonic LX3 but I'd like to be able to use a high quality DSLR as well.

I'm going out tomorrow with the 16-35mm lens to see if I can do my usual despite the loud shutter and the large size of the lens and camera. I'll also try with the 24mm lens.

But I'd love suggestions. I did decide that the longer zooms I've bought are too heavy and large for my use at the age of 70.
The 16-35mm may also be pushing it.  With prime lenses it may work, loud shutter and all.

Other lens suggestions are also very welcome.

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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 04:43:33 AM »
Mark- welcome to the forum! I use for street photography the CZ24-70mm on the A900;  CZ16-80mm on the A700 and Tamron 17-50mm on the A100. Frankly the "loud" shutter does not bother me as it is hardly ever quiet on roads. The A100 is even louder than the A900 but I use ti all the time for these kind of shots. I usually open up the lens fully and then close down one stop as stopping down slightly will give better results with the lenses. I do use autofocus mostly and use S mode instead of aperture priority. I dial in about 1/125 s to make sure I avoid camera shake. Apart form that- not much else. Looking forward to seeing some of your pics soon! Enjoy and good luck with it!
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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2009, 04:53:56 AM »
Thanks Stef.

What a great and helpful welcome.

I have the 24-70mm. As my son would say "duh" why wasn't that my first thought.

Looking forward to other responses as well.


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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 07:56:37 AM »
Welcome from me too.  My preferred location is birdlife in the parks so cannot help with street shooting except to say I am not very good at it...john
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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2009, 11:05:24 AM »
Welcome aboard. I'll interested to see some of your images too. I admire street photographers but lack the guts to do it well. I'm surprised (but as its not my thing can't fault) the 24-70 lens choice - I always figured longer was better so you are further away. My last street p. day out was watching a clowns procession (I don't mind photographing excibitionists as they are obviously happy too) - for that I took a 70 - 200 2.8. Not the most discrete lens in the world :-) but it had the reach to get portraits from the other side of the street. I can see why a smaller lens would help but could someone explain why this choice of range would help? I was expecting 50mm 1.7, 85 1.4, 135 2.8 primes to be suggested. (or even the 70 -210 beercan).
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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2009, 05:08:18 PM »
I'm surprised (but as its not my thing can't fault) the 24-70 lens choice - I always figured longer was better so you are further away. My last street p. day out was watching a clowns procession (I don't mind photographing excibitionists as they are obviously happy too) - for that I took a 70 - 200 2.8. Not the most discrete lens in the world :-) but it had the reach to get portraits from the other side of the street. I can see why a smaller lens would help but could someone explain why this choice of range would help? I was expecting 50mm 1.7, 85 1.4, 135 2.8 primes to be suggested. (or even the 70 -210 beercan).

The idea of a shorter focal lens is that a) yes it is more discreet b) you can raise it quickly to your eye and shoot while walking through crowds. IMHO using a longer lens is more along the lines of "candid" street photography i.e. sitting somewhere on a bench and then focusing in on something. Street photography in a sense of reportage photography IMHO is usually done with a wide angle prime lens (or at least used to be done this way- just look at the magnum photographers- they usually never use anything longer than 50mm if not 28mm) As Robert Capa said: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

Nevertheless both approaches- the long lens or the short one are valid approaches.
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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009, 05:40:39 PM »
Thanks Stef, I knew there would be sensible explanation.

We have an old boy (84 years young) at our club who produces fantastic B&W street work and I keep pressing him to take us with him and teach us. I haven't bothered him for a while - but this thread has reminded me to.
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2009, 05:58:49 PM »
Great input from each of you.

I will see what happens with the 24mm Minolta.  If I had the 28mm I'd use that.

Mark

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Re: A900 and Street Shooting - Can I Make It With This Camera?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009, 10:34:03 PM »
Consider the small primes like the 50 f/1.7, 35 f/2, 28 f/2.8 and 24 f/2.8 as well. 

Should be a lot on the used market.

The a900 is a bit loud but not as bad as the Maxxum 9.