Gajan Balan's Top 10 Gifts for Street Photographers

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

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Good morning! My name’s Gajan and I’m an award-winning photographer based out of Toronto and my mission in life is to simply travel the world and make dope shit. While I’ve been able to make a living shooting portrait and fashion, street photography is, and will always be, my true love. Whether it’s at-home or abroad, street photography is becoming even more popular and getting started has never been easier. I often get asked about the key tools that I use to capture my work and well, I’ve put together a little guide with some of my favourites. Let me also use this as opportunity remind people that there is no shame in getting yourself a gift, haha. Enjoy!

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The first thing on my list is something that still turns photographer 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 can’t see myself going back. There’s plenty of room for a small camera, sanitizer, cleaning cloth, film rolls, business cards, playing card, blank cards, and even your Pokemon cards. They’re built to last and will keep you low-key prepared when your in the streets.

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Moment

Fanny Sling

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
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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 what I’ll simply say is that this camera is quite possibly the perfect companion camera. The one that you take with you everywhere. I’ve created some of my most favourite images on this thing and the premium build quality means that it’ll survive in even the most demanding situations. The Fujifilm X100V, a camera that even the most loyal fullframe fanboys are tempted by.

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Fujifilm

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
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The next 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 pleasing 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 nice bloom to them and feel more ethereal in select environments. These two pieces make for a killer combo and noticeably level up an already amazing camera.

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Moment

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 $29.99
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Fujifilm

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
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On the topic of 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. What this means is that you can have the 3 most popular focal lengths in street photography in a package that’s small enough to fir in your fanny back. You see how this all comes together? And if you’re wondering which one would you get if you can only get ONE? My recommendation would be the WCL because its often harder to get wider in the field than it is tighter.

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Fujifilm

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 $349.95
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Fujifilm

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 $349.95
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If you’re a photographer, buy a !@#$-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 to get 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 accurately measure light and work faster. 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’s something that will make you a better photographer so long as you are willing to take the leap and start using it.

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Sekonic

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 $219.00
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Okay, that last pick may have been a little assertive so here’s something a little more fun, the Fujifilm X-S10. For those that want more flexibility from their camera and need something that can perform great 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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Fujifilm

X-S10 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Body

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
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The first lens I got when I switch over to FujiFilm is 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, great 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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Fujifilm

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 $449.95
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This item may cause a divide so I will include both. Whether it’s the ONA Sevilla Strap OR Peak Design x Fujifilm Cuff Wrist Strap, a good strap (how many times can I stay strap 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 even more discreet and even has some custom https://moment.8ocm68.net/GB-P... branding to complete the look. I can’t tell you which one is right for you but I will say that both of these are awesome products.

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ONA

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 $39.00
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Peak Design

Cuff Wrist Strap

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

Buy for $29.95
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More and more photographers are creating content beyond images. Maybe its for a quick video on social or a full on YouTube video and regardless of where you might be on that spectrum, good audio makes all the !@#$-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 setup, provide good audio, and even have integrated recording in case your camera screws up. It’s the Rode Wireless GO II and well, it’s my default audio solution for a lot of the content I produce.

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RØDE Microphones

Wireless GO II - Compact Microphone System - Dual Channel

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 $299.00
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Last on my list is the new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer. This might seem like a gimmick for some creators but I’ve gotten so much value out of Instax—and even some clients—over the years, that I have to include this on any list. Look, there’s no sugar-coating it… print your !@#$-ing photos people. Don’t let them die on a hard drive. This new Instax provides an easy way to share your work, leave as a souvenir, or even flex as a business card. I love my Instax solutions and I think the creative in you will too.

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Fujifilm

Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer

Having a picture on paper instantly in your hand is something special. Get those memories off your phone with the Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer!

Buy for $149.99

And there it is! My top 10 picks for street photographers that I love and recommend. If you want to learn more about these picks, feel free to check out my YouTube channel where I publish new videos every week on photography and content production. Oh, and if you have any specific questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Instagram (@GajanBalan) and we’ll continue the conversation there. Take care!

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