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Emmanuel Dubois

Emmanuel Dubois



Documentary photographer, owner of a M. A. in History, advanced computer user, cinephile and classical music enthusiast. This is me in a sentence. As for photo methodology, I try to read as many photography books as I can, they greatly inspire me, even if they cover different genres than those I do. I try as much as possible to show the world as I see it, without ornament, but with a cautious framing and timing. I keep my gear simple, and so is my approach. I am also a co-founder of the group Montreal Street Photo (
  • SONY NEX-7
  • Nikon FE
  • Yashica-A TLR 6x6
  • Yashica Mat-124G
  • Zeiss Touit Planar E 32mm F1.8
  • Nikkor AF-D 20mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor AI-S 50mm f/1.8
  • Nikkor AI-S 28mm f/3.5
  • Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA
  • Sony E DT 50mm f/1.8 OSS
  • Sony E 20mm f/2.8 (and wide angle conv.)
  • Sony HVL-F42AM flash
  • Apple Aperture
  • DxO FilmPack

One Focal Length for All Street Photography? No...

Published September 1st, 2013

Everyone likes to write article on gear, it's so much fun. "This new camera rocks!", "this lens has less CA than yours!", etc... All very nice and all, with clever jokes and, sometimes, good analysis. But only a few care about the big picture (pun intended). Wether it's a Zeiss, Nikkor, Zuiko or whatever lens, which focal length should use, where, why and how?

That, to me, is way more interesting than comparing two similar lenses to decide which one to get (even if I recognize, I do commit the sin each time I buy a new piece of gear, about every 12 months or so).

So, lots of people will tell you: "use THIS focal length for street photography, all the rest is either too tight or too wide". Well, to me, this is BS. Buy some photo books and you'll see one thing: great photographers have taken great pictures with all kind of lenses.

Now, street photography is a genre in itself, and it does have some "rules". To me, you can use all type of lenses, but most useful street lenses will be be ...

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Soccer boys, a photography and humanity lesson

Published May 17th, 2012

There it was, my old Nikon F55, my first SLR, crying for film in a dusty bag. It also contained a few unexposed Kodak T-Max 100 film. They were three years out of date, stored in a closet. I said to myself: "I might as well use them, what's the risk?". So I took that with me, two lenses (a 20mm and a 50mm) and went for a walk with it, looking for a subject to shoot. Strangely, using film again made me feel like each photo was more precious, that it shouldn't be misused, that it should show something, something important. And then I found my subject, in the park near my home.

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Sony NEX-7 + Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA...

Published February 15th, 2012

As you are well aware now, I'm a NEX-7 user. I also, finally, got my Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA at the end of January (hurray!). Those are my final thought on the system, comments on the lens and how it could be (easily) improved.

The NEX-7 body is, as you've read before, extremely functional and well made. Lightweight, yet robust, small, yet versatile. A real tour de force by Sony. I've used quite a few Sony products in my life so, it doesn't surprise me. They may not always be on top, but they do know how to make a very high quality product. My only complaints are about the firmware. While it has a lot of features and option, it lacks a few I'd like to have:

-Adjustable auto-ISO. In auto-iso, your camera will try to shoot at 1/60s and won't go above ISO 1600. While it is fine for most walk-around usage, I find it too restrictive. My old Nikon D90 was way more configurable in that regard. Sony should add options to restrict min and max speeds, as well as the ISO range. I mean, t ...

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Sony NEX-7 + Nikkor and Leica lenses

Published January 7th, 2012

My first feedback on the Sony NEX-7 camera with non-NEX lenses (my Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 should arrive by mid-february, arrgh).

First, Nikkor lenses. I've tried them with a Voigtlander adapter and a Novoflex adapter. Both are precise and well made, but the Novoflex is a bit heavier. In this particular case, it does help balancing the camera. The Voiglander is so light it feels like empty space between the camera and the lens, not good for balancing. If you plan to use reflex lenses on the NEX, I'd go with the Novoflex for that reason. It doesn't matter for the M adapter (since it's very small), as long as you don't buy a super-cheap, chinese $30 badly-calibrated adapter...

Handling was OK with my Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8D, great with the Nikkor AI-S 50m f/2 I borrowed. Being a manual lens, it was much easier to control. It was lighter too. I also love the 75mm perspective (used it a lot on my Nikon gear) so... As for results, well, stunning, simply stunning (I'm talking about technical resul ...

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Why I just bought a Sony NEX-7...

Published December 25th, 2011

I've been a Nikon user for a decade. My mother was a Nikon shooter when she was working in French newspapers in the 1990's. I absolutely love Nikon ergonomics. I trust Nikon's philosophy more than most of its competitors (especially Canon, sorry). However, I've just sold most of my Nikon stuff and acquired a Sony NEX-7 (the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is also on order and part of the story).

As some of my followers may know, I really enjoy street and people photography. I believe that fast primes on light bodies are the way to go to shoot in this conditions. That's why I was using a Nikon D90 with an assortment of 3 fast primes (20mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.8). All great gear, never let me down. I was always satisfied of image quality and versatility.

But I wanted more, I wanted even lighter and more discrete. I've gaffer taped my Nikon gear so it didn't catch everyone's eyes when I was shooting. It did help. However, I happen to work in a store where the main products are Leica ones. As you ...

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