Photographer: Jay Maisel
Specialty: Street/Urban Landscape/Fine Art
Favored Brand: Nikon
Grizzled New Yorker Jay Maisel is hands-down one of the greatest photographers in history, simply because of his unfreakingbelievably imaginative compositions and uses of color, light, and shadow. As far as color street photography goes, I believe he has no equal.
Here are some great videos with Jay:
So let’s talk gear.
Jay keeps it simple. In the first video above, Jay says the following:
“I don’t carry a lot of crap around with me because I think the less equipment you take, the more pictures you take.”
However, in a 2009 edition of Ibarionex Perello’s The Candid Frame podcast, Jay heaped praise upon Nikon’s 70-300mm VR zoom lens, particularly highlighting its impressive sharpness.
In addition, a commenter named John, claiming to work for Jay, said that Jay is currently using Nikon’s 28-300mm VR zoom lens almost exclusively. I’d call bull$hit on him, but a commenter in the testimonial section of Jay’s site confirms that Jay loves this lens.
Editor’s Note: Jay’s lens choices are very, very reasonably-priced considering their top-notch optical quality. However, if you’re not shooting weddings, concerts, sports, or wildlife, the D3S is overkill for 99.9% of people.
Yes, in many ways the D3S is the best DSLR camera on the market, but for Jay’s style of street shooting, almost any camera body will do. If you’re on a budget, check out the D3100 or D5100 instead, and add a 50mm f/1.8 lens.