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Hi Tom, I think the point Chris tries to make is to be as invisible as possible, which IMO is true, but not an absolute requirement.. Wouldn't it be pretty cool if you could use some type of glasses and snap a shot everytime you blinked? Nonetheless nothing is set in stone, which could be said with all forms/genre of photography.
I also agree that the 5D3/35L combo is harder to hide behind due to it's size, but from my experience I am still able to keep scenes quite candid even when being up close and personal. Would I prefer something smaller and less inspicuous? Yes, but not until I figure out what I want exactly. I think regardless of camera sometimes no matter the size if a camera is pointed towards someone it can lose the candidness of a moment the second they are aware of the camera. It also depends on your approach as well. On the otherhand I don't think all street photography has to be truly candid. If you look at the many high level work of the many great street photographers from the old and new you'll find a combination of everything, including some form of eye contact of the subjects. Sometimes eye contact can add to the image. At the end regardless of what so called technique, type of shot or gear you used, a great image is a great image. The problem is when it comes to street photography getting a keeper is not a easy task to accomplish, especially when the keeper to tosser rate is very very low.