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.
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.
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