Canon 5D mark III in street photography

Started Apr 27, 2013 | Questions thread
Dave Seeley Senior Member • Posts: 1,430
Re: Canon 5D mark III in street photography

Dan Marchant wrote:

Only if you actually point it at the subject.

As others have said the 5DII is a great camera. You need to upgrade your technique before you upgrade your equipment. Look through the viewfinder, frame your shot, focus and then shoot.

But I believe that he OP was thinking hipshots, meaning, no viewfinder or lcd.  It's an odd technique but potentially necessary for stealth shooting.  I did some of it, collecting reference shots for an illustration of cops, so went looking for cops to photograph from a few feet away.  Got my pulse rate up for sure.

The notion of this kind of stealth street photography is relatively new to me, but I am curious about it.  The silent shooting mode of the 5Diii would also be very welcome in this context, but the fact that it's a full dslr body is inherently an attention grabber.  Small format mirrorless might be a better choice, because the casual person on the street doesn't immediately assume you're out to shoot "serious" pictures, but these cameras are delivering awesome IQ for the comparatively tiny format.

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