Enter Sam Burton's Street Photography Camera Bag

We're often asked what's the ideal camera for street photography or lens for street shooting or even bags and leather camera straps.

Street Photographer Sam Burton reveals what makes his ideal kit. 

Sam, what's in your bag?

The camera bag - Last year I switched from a Canon DSLR setup to the smaller Fuji X system. When I made this change I needed a smaller lighter bag. My aim was to condense down my setup with the hope that I would get out and shoot more. 

A smaller setup is key for me when I’m out shooting on the streets or travelling. After checking out a lot of bag options I settled on the Billingham Hadley small. It's incredibly well made and offers waterproofing which is a handy feature when you live in the UK. It's the perfect size for what I need as I can comfortably carry two cameras a couple of extra lenses as well as accessories. There is also space for an iPad or book for when I travel. 

The cameras - As I mentioned last year I made the switch from Canon to Fuji. I had done what a lot of photographers do and built up a collection of lenses and upgraded bodies until I had the Canon 5D mk2. It was everything I wanted, until i got more interested in street photography. I then started looking at smaller lighter options. This led me to the Fuji X system. I decided to go for the Fuji X-pro1 as I loved the retro rangefinder style, optical viewfinder and the ability to change lenses. I have a Kaza leather half case and strap which offers some protection as well as looking cool.

Over the last few months I have also become more interested in shooting film. I have shot film in the past but never too seriously. I was given an old Olympus OM-1 from my uncle and this got me more interested. I began shooting more film and have even started home developing and scanning some of my B&W rolls. The OM-1 is a great camera but I soon started lusting for the original street photographer's camera… The Leica. After a few months of saving I picked up a Leica M6. This accompanies the X-pro1 in my bag giving me the option to shoot both digital and film. I have a Figosa leather strap on the M6, which is simple but well made and looks great.

The lenses - I have the Fuji XF 35mm (50mm equivalent) which stays on the X-Pro1 90% of the time. It's a fantastic lens and being f1.4 it's great too in low light. I also have the XF 18mm for when I want something a little wider, it's also useful for landscape and wider street scenes.

As 50mm is my favourite focal lens I opted for the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 for my Leica. It's small, light, very well made and has great image quality.

Memory Cards & Film

I always carry a few spare memory cards stored in a case for ease and protection. I tend to stick to SanDisk cards as I have never had a problem with them.

Since shooting film I have experimented a bit with both black & white and colour films. My two favourites so far are Kodak Tri-X 400 for B&W and Kodak Portra 400 for colour. They are both fairly versatile making them suitable for different conditions.

Accessories

Spare batteries go without saying. I opted for two cheaper Fuji copies from Amazon. They seem to work just as well and allow me to get a full days shooting in without having to worry about running out of power. I also carry a Lensmen which is great to keep lenses clean and dust free.

Thanks Sam!

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