If you ask twenty street photographers what equipment they use, chances are you’ll get twenty different answers. For the most part, I don’t think there’s a “correct” answer, because in the end, composition still controls. Cameras, lenses, and film are merely a means to that end. That said, I think a good camera is one that is easy to access. as unscripted moments don’t wait.
In my mind, most SLRs are cumbersome. Every DSLR I’ve used feels like I’m bringing a rocket launcher to a picnic. Rangefinders, on the other hand, provide a whole different experience to capturing a scene. Just use a good one and you’ll see what I mean.
Wouter Brandsma warned, “Don’t let the tool become the main object of your photography though. Vision is not about what camera you use, but something within you and worth to find.”
Film: Leica M6 w/ CV 28mm & CV 21mm, Nikon FM-1 w/ Nikon 24mm, Ricoh GR-1, Arista Edu 100, Arista Premium 400, HP5+
Digital: Lumix G5 w/ Olympus 12mm, Ricoh GRD I