Is it possible to shoot Street with a Fashion Photographer’s kit? As you have realised i am not into fashion photography, although i do have a few images here and there. Thanks to my employer Avantech and Canon Malta i got my hands on a new Canon 5D SR Mrk 3 and an Ef 85mm L F1.2 11 USM lens. This is a fashion photographer’s basic kit but is it suitable for street photography? Photographers know about the high quality of both the Canon 5D SR Mrk 3 and Ef 85mm L F1.2 11 USM but is this gear comfortable and fast enough to shoot in a busy environment?
With this question in mind i headed to my favourite shooting locality, Valletta after work. Beautiful sunny day, lots of tourists pacing slowly while Maltese were rushing home to start their long weekend off work.
These are a few of the shots i took.
The dynamic range, sharpness, colours and contrast are very good. Weight and over all handling are comfortable and it will not be tiring to carry around for an afternoon. Unfortunately i was disappointed with the slow focusing and the time it takes to change a focus point. This meant i missed a few shots. Shooting in good light and almost always at F2 with a Canon L lens with such a hefty price should not have this issue. It is also very important to use the fastest cards you can afford. Street photography requires speed and concentration so the equipment most not slow you down nor distract you.
Back on home on my Mac the unedited images looked fantastic. Everything was shot in RAW and imported into Lightroom but if you set up an in camera Picture Style you will definitely have incredable jpegs’ straight out of the camera.
If you shot with the other versions of the Canon 5D you will immediately appreciate the boost in quality of your final images from the 5D SR. Obviously you need to have the L series of lenses to get the maximum performance. There is no doubt as to why this is the preferred kit for fashion, portraits, food and general photography although i would not recommend this set up for shooting street photography. Also very good for landscapes especially for printing large murals.
The slowness means this kit is not suitable for street photography nor sports but you will struggle to find a better kit for every thing else.
More good news is that on the same day in the morning, i was able to try out a lens i have been after for some time, the Canon EF 35mmL F1.4 II USM. Not much to say except that i will soon exchange one with my money box. (Will post the test shots i took with it in a couple of days)