For street photography in London you need a kit that is discrete enough to put your subject at ease (for reportage shots) and professional looking enough to be taken seriously (when asking permission for street portraits).
The equipment I use for street photography is build around speed and ruggedness:
1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
2. Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5
4. Hoya HMC Haze UV(C) Filter
5. Panasonic DMW CGK3 Black leather case for GF2 by Panasonic
6. SanDisk Extreme HD 16 GB SDHC
7. Icebreaker Merino T Shirt
My kit is small enough to fit into the pockets of a street jacket. No camera bag required.
The layers you wear when out taking photos are more important than you’d expect. You want to blend in, look safe, look sharp and be invisible. All at the same time. You also want to be warm enough or cool enough whatever the weather. Over the years I’ve settled on Merino t-shirts as the anchor in my street shooting kit.
Merino tops are worn by cyclists and mountaineers because they work as well in hot climates as in cold ones. I’m constantly surprised at how much better a merino t-shirt feels in summer than a cotton one.
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