mike_311 wrote in post #16000337
i think people are afraid of big cameras because they thing they can zoom into their private lives. seriously i cant count the number of times people ask whats it like being to zoom all the way in.
usually i have a 50mm or 85mm attached.
I've never encountered this because I don't use dslr's in the streets, but I have heard a lot of reports of people feeling threatened by dslr's. I would image a big white lens would only make it worse. That's probably why so many prefer rangefinders, or small cameras in general, they allow for a much stealthier approach, and when noticed don't pose the same threat as a paparazzi cam. I shoot in the streets with what some might call a big camera, a mamiya c330, and when people notice it I get nothing but friendly smiles and polite encounters by interested people, no hostility, theres a sense of charm to this camera. Most people don't even notice I'm taking a picture because looking down on the ground glass is less obvious then pointing a camera at someone from eye level.