Ready to Take on the Bangkok Street

Yesterday afternoon I received my newly ordered Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera and Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens. With these I think I’m much better prepared to catch glimpses of daily Bangkok life through street photography.

Walking around the city with a heavy and large lensed DSLR can not only be a bit cumbersome and tiring in the Bangkok heat and humidity, but it can also completely eliminate the ability to get a candid photo of every day life. People see the large camera and lens and react to it.

With the smaller, quieter, and just generally more discrete a6000 I hope to eliminate the attention that can be received from my Nikon D5300 DSLR.

It’s also good to use for getting my girlfriend to go out with me when taking personal photos. I must admit, it feels  a bit awkward if she wants to join me, but it’s an outing of her watching me take pictures. Perhaps she enjoys it, but I hope she might enjoy it more walking about with a camera of her own to use.

Why did I choose the a6000? My street photography is primarily for my own pleasure and self-challenge. Also, I feel it’s something I can practice and improve since I haven’t really tried it all too frequently in the past. When I have, I found it awkward or nearly impossible to do with a larger camera.

I chose the Sony Alpha a6000 because it is an enthusiast/professional camera that boasts 24.3 megapixels, has a quick AF function and can take a burst of 11 frames per second. Also, the shutter sound is very quiet, nothing like having an almost perfect scene to be destroyed by the loud “Clack!” of a DSLR camera.

I also like that I have the option of using the OLED viewfinder/LCD screen in black and white, which will help with judging light but also have the option of using a color image if in the end I prefer the color.

In addition to the a6000 camera, I also purchased the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN “Art” lens so I’d have a wide angle prime lens. Although the lens might not be quite fast enough for some night shooting that I could find myself attempting, I think for all that I have in mind for the near future, it’s crisp images and speed is suitable for the neon-lit streets of Bangkok.

Once I get this out and used, expect to see the result of my self-challenge and area exploration on this site and on my Flickr Photostream.

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