In street photography anything can happen. Incredible photographic moments can appear as if from nowhere and be gone just as quickly. It's the ultimate challenge for a photographer. You need to be ready for anything and have kit that can deliver results.
Andres McNeill, who is based in Glasgow in the UK, has built an impressive social following for his unique style of street photography which takes the ornate, historic architecture of his city as its starting point. "I've always enjoyed people watching," he says, so when he got seriously into photography in 2020, he naturally gravitated towards the street.
Andres tends to walk the pavements until he finds a great frame and then waits until the right person appears – a final but essential element that completes the composition.
Like many contemporary street photographers, Andres is not wedded to the classic fixed 35mm focal length that was favoured in the early days of the genre, instead experimenting with whatever works for his subject matter. Usually, he'll head out with his Canon EOS R5 or EOS R6, and a Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for his EF lenses.
To see whether it was possible to replicate his signature look with a minimal setup, he paired Canon's full-frame mirrorless EOS R8 with just one wide-angle prime lens – the super-compact Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM. Here, we find out whether the kit was up to the challenge.