Photo Tools: Daniel Arnold's Camera and Film Choices

What Camera does Daniel Arnold Use?

Stock photo of Daniel Arnold

Who is Daniel Arnold?

There is a legacy of street photographers in New York City that goes back to the 1950's. The names are some of the best to have ever picked up a camera: Robert Frank, Garry Winongrand, Helen Levitt, Susan Mieselas and countless others. Daniel Arnold is currently carrying the torch from these legends and captures the streets from his own vision of a frantic and vibrant city.


The Contax G2-1 Camera that Daniel Arnold Uses
"Contax G2-1" by Lordcolus is is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Daniel has stated that he uses many different cameras to capture his images: Leica M6, iPhone, Yashica T4 and Contax G2. The latter is the one I most associate him with and his shooting. Two video features on Daniel show his method, using the G2 with an external flash handheld at angles high and low, rarely looking through the viewfinder. Daniel talks about roaming the city for upwards of 8 hours a day on the hunt for his images.


Daniel primarily uses Portra 400 and 800 film. He's stated that he really enjoys the look of film and hasn't found a digital alternative that can give a similar look (1).


  1. Kim, E. (2015, June 02). "Be True to Yourself; Great Things Will Come": Interview with Daniel Arnold. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from


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