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I strongly believe the motion of bringing something up to your eye results in a subconscious 'survival instinct' reaction from your photographic target. A while ago I developed a no-look shooting approach with the Canon, using a wide angle and set to live view. With the camera around my neck I'd cradle the bottom of it with my left hand, with finger on the bottom shutter release. With it set to live view and quiet(er) advance mode, it was nearly inaudible in typical environments. I didn't use the live view screen for composition. It was all zone focusing and guesstimation framing. In the last few years the greatest boon is perhaps smart phones. Not necessarily for photography, but for resulting in people being oblivious to their surroundings (if you want shots of people staring at devices - which might become an indicator of our era)
FWIW, Jim Kasson just had an interesting blog post about the cameras he's used for street photography, including a Hasselblad and a mini Arca view camera...
I find sometimes the DSLR can be an advantage because it looks professional when you are in fact shooting professionally. For example, I'm the city photographer for where I live and cover various parades and such. when I've got 2 dslrs around my neck and walk down the parade route snapping pictures of children and families, no one objects. They think I'm with a paper and ask where they can see the photos.
If I walked up with a smaller camera, and started taking pics, during the same parade, I'd get different responses I'm sure.
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Completely agree. The greatest benefit, IMO, is not so much with gaining access as it is keeping timid snap shooters at bay since you obviously have a 'legitimate' purpose for being there. And in the eyes of some paying clients, size of camera might also be relevant, or at least, it's not something that 'uncle Harry' also shoots with, which has resulted in some questions about the Leica too ("I'm paying you how much to use that camera?" not realizing 'that' camera and its lenses are worth more than my Canon kit... not that the value of the equipment has any bearing on the quality of the photos).