Photographer: Bill Cunningham of the New York Times
Specialty: Street/Fashion Photography
Favored Camera/Lens Brand: Nikon
Other Products Used: Fuji Film
Have you seen the documentary Bill Cunningham New York?
What are you? Some kind of moron?
Watch the trailer now:
Whatever. Bill Cunningham is one of the hardest-w0rking photographers in New York City, peddling around Manhattan all day long to capture fashion trends for the New York Times’ Style section.
And what does Bill Cunningham carry around in his bag?
UPDATE – Bill Cunningham has gone digital, and is now using a low-end Nikon DSLR, possibly a D40X. The current equivalent model is theD3100, which is an absolute bargain at under $600. I’d definitely pair with the amazing Nikon 35mm f/1.8, which is very sharp, fast-focusing, and like the D3100, an absolute bargain — around $200.
Prior post on Bill’s film days here:
Bill is an old-school film dude. He shoots a Nikon FM2, which is a classic manual-focus camera. In his FM2, he loads cheap-but-awesome 400-speed Fuji color-negative film. For lenses, Bill uses a 35mm prime.
Personally, I prefer the magical Kodak Portra 400, which can be shot at pretty much any speed from 100 to 3200. If Apple made film, Portra 400 would be it – sh*t just works!
I’d recommend against manual-focus cameras like the FM2 if you’d like to shoot 35mm film. If you’re going the film route, you may as well go for something a little more advanced like a Canon EOS-1 or Nikon F100, which have amazing autofocus capabilities. They’ll also work perfectly with your existing autofocus lenses. (FX lenses only, in the case of Nikon)
Now, if you want a film look to your images without incurring the expense and trouble of shooting film, I highly recommend Nik Software’s Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture. (Note: you must own Lightroom or Aperture) The Nik Collection’s Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro plugins offer impressive emulations of classic film stocks from Kodak, Fuji, and Ilford.