10 Must-Have Cameras & Accessories for Street Photographers

Capture the streets effortlessly with top items curated by professional photographer, Gajan Balan.

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My name’s Gajan, and I’m an award-winning photographer based in Toronto, Canada. My mission in life is to travel the world and make dope shit. While I’ve been able to make a living shooting portraits and fashion, street photography is, and will always be, my true love. Whether at home or abroad, street photography is becoming even more popular, and getting started has never been easier. I often get asked about the essential tools I use to capture my work, so I’ve compiled a curated guide with some of my favorites.

    1. MTW Fanny Sling

    The first thing on my list still turns photographers' heads when I carry it, and it’s the Moment Fanny. Not something I thought I would get, but once I pulled the trigger, I couldn’t see myself going back. There’s plenty of room for a small camera, sanitizer, cleaning cloth, film rolls, business cards, playing cards, blank cards, and even your Pokemon cards. They’re built to last and will keep you low-key prepared in the streets.

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    Fanny Sling 2L

    Wear it as a sling or around your waist, and don't worry, this ain't your dad's fanny pack! Made for everyday wear to keep your gear within reach and safe

    Buy for $59.99

    2. Fujifilm X100V

    I have to talk about my perfect camera early, the Fujifilm X100V. I love this camera more than any other camera I’ve owned, and it’s an absolute pleasure to use. You can hear me go on and on about this thing in several videos on my YouTube channel, so I’ll say that this camera is quite possibly the perfect companion camera. The one that you take with you everywhere. I’ve created some of my favorite images on this thing, and the premium build quality means that it’ll survive in even the most demanding situations. The Fujifilm X100V is a camera that even the most loyal full-frame fanboys are tempted by.

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    X100V APS-C Digital Rangefinder Camera

    Looking for that perfect street photography camera? The Fujifilm X100V is the perfect compact camera for you with its 23mm lens and great autofocus

    Buy for $1,399.00

    3. Fujifilm AR-X100 & Moment 49mm CineBoom 10%

    The following items are a duo, and that is the Filter Adapter for the X100V and the 49mm Cinebloom 10% filter. This small addition to the X100V gives it complete weather sealing and, more creatively, some sound diffusion to your images. Digital cameras have a way of capturing over-realistic sharpness at times, and this CineBloom by Moment does a great job of removing the bite that some images may have. What’s also great is that light sources will have a lovely bloom and feel more ethereal in select environments. These two pieces make for a killer combo and level up a fantastic camera.

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    49mm CineBloom Diffusion Filters

    You wanna capture dreamy, film-like footage on your digital camera or smartphone? Our CineBloom Diffusion Filters are the secret sauce! Available in 10% and 20%

    Buy for $49.99
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    AR-X100 Adapter Ring for Fuji X100

    Looking to get a filter for your Fuji X100, X100S, X100T, X100F digital camera? You'll need the FUJIFILM AR-X100 Adapter Ring for it to accept any 49mm filter

    Buy for $49.99

    4. WCL X100 II & TCL X100 II

    Regarding adapters, the WCL X100 II & TCL X100 II are two pieces of glass that can supercharge your X100V kit by allowing you to shoot wider and tighter. The camera has an equivalent focal length of 35mm; the WCL will stretch that to a 28mm equivalent, while the TCL will narrow it to a 50mm equivalent. This means you can have the three most popular focal lengths in street photography in a small package to fit your fanny back. Do you see how this all comes together? And if you’re wondering, which would you get if you could only get ONE? I recommend the WCL because it's often harder to get more expansive in the field than tighter.

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    WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens

    Looking to go wide with your Fuji X100? Designed for the X100 digital cameras, the WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens broadens the field of view by 0.8x

    Buy for $349.00
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    TCL-X100 II Tele Conversion Lens

    Wanna convert your Fujifilm X100, X100S, X100T, X100V, X100F digital camera, into a 50mm shooter? The X100 Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 II comes to the rescue

    Buy for $349.00

    5. Sekonic L-308X U

    If you’re a photographer, buy a !@#$-ing light meter. Enough of this BS that you let your camera meter the light, or you can gauge it with your eye. None of that is as good as a dedicated light meter, and the Sekonic L-478D is the one I use and recommend, but the L-308X-U is plenty enough for most people. Now you’re wondering, when would I use this in the streets? Lock settings at the hour before you put in work. Or when you have time for a portrait and want the perfect light ratio. OR when you look to capture something on film and can’t afford to screw up. A light meter allows you to measure light and work faster and accurately. I go on at length about how to use a light meter in my studio photography course, so I’ll leave it at this, a light meter is something you buy once and use for a lifetime. It will make you a better photographer if you are willing to take the leap and start using it.

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    L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter

    Those bulky light meters are so yesterday! The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308X-U FLASHMATE is a small and light digital light meter with a full suite of functions

    Buy for $229.00

    6. FujiFilm X-S10

    Okay, that last pick may have been a little assertive, so here’s a little more fun, the Fujifilm X-S10. For those that want more flexibility from their camera and need something that can perform excellent video work, the X-S10 has to be on your shortlist. Packing the latest Fujifilm sensor, image stabilization, and great video features, this camera delivers a ton of value that can cover many items for a budding creator. If you want to learn more about this camera, check out the honest review on my YouTube channel.

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    X-S10 APS-C Mirrorless Camera

    Looking for a great all-rounder camera, that won't break the bank? The Fujifilm X-S10 offers renowned design, engineering, and color in an accessible package

    Buy for $999.00

    7. FujiFilm XF 23mm F2.0 WR

    The first lens I got when I switched to FujiFilm was the XF 23mm F2.0 WR. This is also the lens I recommend most to new shooters. While zooms make the onboarding experience easy, a prime will train you to be a better photographer, and this 35mm equivalent focal length is very welcoming to new shooters. This lens packs plenty of value, excellent autofocus, and weather sealing to keep you shooting in any situation. It’s the first lens I ever got for Fujifilm and one I may never get rid of.

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    XF 23mm F2 R WR Lens

    Looking to get a compact, walk-around prime Fuji Lens? The FUJIFILM XF 23mm f/2 R WR from is a versatile 35mm-equivalent lens with an f/2 maximum aperture

    Buy for $449.00

    8. ONA Sevilla Strap OR Peak Design x FujiFilm Cuff Wrist Strap

     Whether it’s the ONA Sevilla Strap OR Peak Design x Fujifilm Cuff Wrist Strap, a good strap (how many times can I stay strapped in a sentence?) makes all the difference in the field. I love the Sevilla because it’s thin, durable, and easy to manipulate. The Cuff is also fantastic if you want something more discreet and has some custom branding to complete the look. I can’t tell you which one is right for you, but I will say that both are fantastic products.

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    Sevilla Camera Neck Strap

    Treat your camera with a premium strap! The Sevilla by Ona is handcrafted from full-grain premium leather. Designed for mirrorless and film cameras

    Buy for $59.00
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    Peak Design

    Limited Edition - Fuji x Peak Cuff Wrist Strap

    This Strap is a limited release collaboration between Peak Design and Fujifilm available exclusively at Moment.

    Buy for $29.95

    9. Rode Wireless GO II

    More and more photographers are creating content beyond images. Maybe it's for a quick video on social or a full-on YouTube video, and regardless of where you might be on that spectrum, good audio makes all the !@#$-ing difference. The Rode Wireless GO II is a kit that I didn’t open for a few months, but when I started using it, well… there was no going back. They’re easy to set up, provide good audio, and even have integrated recording if your camera screws up. It’s the Rode Wireless GO II and is my default audio solution for most of the content I produce.

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    RØDE Microphones

    Wireless GO II - Compact Microphone System - Dual Transmitter

    After dual-mic recording? Reincarnation of the world's smallest first truly wireless microphone, the RØDE Wireless GO II has 2 transmitters, onboard recording

    Buy for $399.00

    10. FujiFilm Instax Wide Printer

    Last on my list is the new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer. This might seem like a gimmick for some creators, but I’ve gotten so much value out of Instax—and even some clients—over the years that I must include this on any list. Look, there’s no sugar-coating it… print your !@#$-ing photos people. Don’t let them die on a hard drive. This new Instax provides an easy way to share your work, leave it as a souvenir, or even flex it as a business card. I love my Instax solutions, and I think the creative in you will too.

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    Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer

    Having your pictures on paper makes them even more special. Print them with the Instax Mini Link 2 and add touches of extra flair to them in the process

    Buy for $99.95

    If you have any specific questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Instagram (@GajanBalan) and we’ll continue the conversation there.

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