Black body a must for your X100s purchase decision?

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Questions thread
ljclark Senior Member • Posts: 2,407
Re: Black body a must for your X100s purchase decision?

Ray Sachs wrote:

I've done a ton of street shooting with black cameras, silver cameras, even one bright red camera. Sometimes from the eye, sometimes out in front tourist style, sometime from the hip or belly. If you think the color of your camera has ANYTHING to do with whether you're noticed or not or whether you'll get the shot you're after, you're paying attention to the wrong stuff.

Now, if you THINK something makes you more discreet and that gives you more confidence, the additional confidence might help. So if that's what it takes to help psych yourself up, knock yourself out. But to the people you're shooting out in public, there's nothing LESS important than the color of your camera, or even the size of it up to a point (a huge DSLR can certainly attract more attention than you might want, but plenty of DSLR's aren't huge). Its all about you and your attitude and your technique.

Silent shutter too. In museums these might matter, but on a busy street - not even remotely relevant.

Eeeek!  You mean this stealth/discreet thing is mostly in our heads?  Say it aint so!  I can't imagine how body language, movement, facial expression, hanging-aroundness, and other stuff would be more important than camera color for public/crowd/street shooting. 

If you have a cat, you might have experienced this:  If you have a young child visiting and ask that child to be quiet and calm around the cat, chances are that the child will focus attention on the cat, make slow exaggerated movements to approach the cat -- and will freak the cat out.  The cat (being a critter and also a hunter) sees what the child is doing and says to itself "Stalker!!".  Then "Outa here"!

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