The topic of street photography came up twice today...
While shooting my Pentax KP (with Pentax 100mm 2.8 marcro) at the farmer's market with my wife I mentioned that the flip-up screen made the KP perform similarly to my old RICOHFLEX waist view medim format... and with the option to switch to live view and full electronic shutter on the KP I could run completely silent... the perfect combination for street photography.
The screen does not swing all the way around into 'selfie' position, but then a photographer does not need that... nor do most want that - far as I can tell.
The screen moves exactly where I need it - set position for 'regular' shooting and up/lean position for 'street' shooting.
I have the option of standard SLR or going pretty much full-on mirror-less mode... so I can choose if my style of the day demands the extra battery power for mirror-less (electronic shutter & display -silent) or optical viewfinder and reflex.
It is amazingly small and light - rivaling the compactness of some mirror-less bodies - but offers me three different interchangeable grips... (I tend to like the larger, but that is my personal preference)...
It has amazing image stabilization built into the body - a Pentax staple that I appreciate in many situations.
All of this and it can still wear all my Pentax K-Mount lenses... ALL of them.
So best of all worlds...
Okay, this sounds a little like a Pentax/Ricoh commercial, but it is really truly how I feel.
Why do I shoot, and continue to shoot, Pentax? Because they build cameras for me... a photographer. They design and build great cameras, great lenses, and they do it all around a great philosophy - they design and build for photographers. Period.
Today my 'street' shots were of fruit and vegetables instead of people - at the Naperville, Illinois, 5th Avenue Train Station farmer's market - but I shot them at waist height (I didn't go full silent - was plenty noisy and the KP is reasonably quiet even in full reflex mode) so was able to, for the most part, remain unobtrusive and photograph without the camera being a disruptive part of the environment.