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Dec 11, 2013 21:56 |  #1

Hi all,

As some of you will know, i'm working on a 100 strangers project (its exactly what it sounds like -- you approach 100 complete strangers and ask if you can shoot a portrait of them).

Now, I've done all of this round the nice parts of NY -- Mid town, upper east, etc so far.

However, I think it would be fun and v interesting to go to some of the rougher / poorer parts of NY and meet some of the folks there... But I'm not sure I want to be doing that with a 5D3 and 85L....

So I've been having a think about what I could use. My wife has a S95, but it's not ideal for portraits really.

I've been toying with picking up a 5D1 and nifty fifty, but that's still not exactly cheap.

Another option would be to pick up an old canon film camera like an AE1 + 50mm FD lens for around $200.

Been ages since I've shot film, but might be a lot of fun, and I can use it as a prop later on :)

Even thought about a disposable film camera, but I think that's just getting silly.


Anything other things I should be considering?

Anyone used an AE1? Its rather before my time. I did start on film, but still in the EF era :p



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Dec 11, 2013 22:02 |  #2

disposable film camera




  
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Dec 11, 2013 22:07 |  #3

Go with a film camera, it will be cheaper, and less threatening to subjects.

You can easily get a film SLR with a 50mm for under $100 on ebay if you look around enough.




  
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Dec 11, 2013 22:12 |  #4

Not sure where you're looking to go in NY, but there are certain parts of the five boroughs of NYC that you shouldn't go to with or without a camera. Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn comes to mind as one place I would stay away from. I have done computer field work in the past for 7 years, and there are parts where you should just stay away from.


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Dec 11, 2013 22:13 |  #5

RMH wrote in post #16520556 (external link)
Even thought about a disposable film camera, but I think that's just getting silly.

Might be kinda fun though :)




  
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Dec 11, 2013 22:15 |  #6

East NY and South Bronx are also really rough neighborhoods.


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Dec 11, 2013 22:17 |  #7

You might want to replace your 85mm with a 9mm ....


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Dec 11, 2013 22:24 |  #8

A Powershot G11/12/15/16 maybe?




  
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Dec 11, 2013 22:32 |  #9

If you are worried about the rougher areas but still want the mix of people, why don't you head somewhere where everyone goes regardless of age, race, social status such a a large train station or subway?

I like your idea of photographing strangers though. Reminds me of this. http://www.humansofnew​york.com/ (external link)




  
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Dec 11, 2013 22:32 |  #10

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16520600 (external link)
You might want to replace your 85mm with a 9mm ....

He is in ny remember


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Dec 12, 2013 00:11 |  #11

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16520600 (external link)
You might want to replace your 85mm with a 9mm ....

I see what you did there! :)




  
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Dec 12, 2013 00:14 |  #12

A used XSi and a nifty-fifty wouldn't cost much and wouldn't be very intimidating. And would be light enough that you could still pack the 9 mm.


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Dec 12, 2013 00:20 |  #13

Are you going alone? I personally wouldn't do it you would probably stick out right away. Also no matter if your in part of a busy neighbor people will just watch if something bad did happen. Nobody will call the police.


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Dec 12, 2013 00:22 |  #14

EOS-M

Not sure if serious about the 9mm... Don't wanna see you in jail for possession.


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Dec 12, 2013 00:35 |  #15

Food for thought:

http://www.featureshoo​t.com …angerous-city-in-america/ (external link)




  
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