Japan Camera Hunter Things

Posted on by Bellamy


Japan Camera Hunter Things
Yes, that’s right, finally you can swathe yourselves in my fine garments. After a long bloody wait they are finally available for your enjoyment. Come and support JCH today!

So, for a while a lot of people have been asking me to make some JapanCameraHunter things, T-shirts and whatnot. And I was content to just brush it off and say “later later”. But I can no longer put it off. So in a fit of collaboration spirit I got my highly skilled mate Hawken King to design me some things, and he did a cracking job of it.

We have put together a few T-shirts, posters, i-phone cases and other bits and bobs for your enjoyment. These are not designed to make a big profit or anything, they are about showing your support for the site. We have managed to get the price down to just $22 of your dandy American Dollars for the very cheapest shirt. That is a screaming bargain!

But obviously, I want you to buy the fancy pants one with the gold stuff on it, because it looks mad cool and it has gold on it!

One of my favourites though is the Art print poster, which is super nice. For the hardcore geeks out there, you might be able to tell the different parts of the camera in the picture. It is a mix of a couple of different models. The art prints are excellent value for money and would fantastic on any wall.

So come and buy all the things! JCH takes a lot of upkeep and by buying these goods you can help me keep the site going and help me to bring you more interesting gear, products, photographers and bags in the future.

If you have not clicked on one of the pictures already, then you can click here and go shopping:
T-Shirts, phone cases, and stuff
Fantastically awesome art prints

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

22 Responses to Japan Camera Hunter Things

TM March 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

These look silly and badly designed. Cheap vector art and terrible choice of typography. But then again, I *am* a designer, so maybe I’m just being too critical. I believe you need a major design overhaul, Bellamy, for your site, your products and your brand. (Not trolling, just providing criticism based on my professional experience – I love your work and your website!)

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    Bellamy March 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    If this is your pitch, then it is awful. Saying “not trolling” is the same as saying no offense, it is still offensive. I personally think my brand is quite strong, and the sales have shown that.
    Why make a comment like this without providing a basis on why you say this?

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Dennis VanPatty March 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

Good effort..

I just hope in the future you’ll have stuff about film jokes or rangefinders without the resemblance of a red dot or the name leica written on it..

A good idea would be is to get that camera deigner/poet based in chinatown to help u defisng a shirt goodayu

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TM March 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hi Bellamy, there was no need to publish the previous comment – it’s certainly not a personal attack or a pitch, it’s just my opinion. I know your business is thriving – that’s why I believe your branding should be equally consistent and of the highest quality possible. I just believe that these products are weak, and I outlined the reasons I think they are weak. Sorry if the “no trolling” part was offensive, I certainly didn’t mean to offend, just wanted to make it clear that it was just criticism from a (knowledgeable) fan.

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TM March 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

Whoa, just realized the aftermath of my first comment on Twitter – I’m sorry man, it was NEVER my intention to insult you, it’s much to the contrary. I really like your work and think you’re awesome – that’s why I thought I’d chime in and offer some criticism when I saw some mediocre products associated with your name (and brand!).

When I said “poorly designed” on my first comment, I was referring to the t-shirts’ concept, illustrations and associated typography – and I stand by my opinion, and there are technical reasons for that. I was not referring to your website! I do, however, think that branding is a big deal, and consistency between services, products, logos is incredibly important in order to mantain the brand’s image (and yours is a pretty good one right now). Simply put, a mediocre product may damage an excellent service’s image.

I may actually be making things worse by explaining all this stuff… sorry again for this situation.

P.S. I am, in fact, a designer, not a “designer”. I hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Design. I’m a Ph.D candidate and recently started lecturing to the undergrads – maybe I’m getting too harsh due to this teaching thing.

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Brian March 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Great designs, Bellamy… if you want to advertise a camera company (and no, I’m not a Leica hater, I own and use several… and I love your passion and your enthusiasm).

However, these designs say absolutely nothing about you and what you do, but everything about Leica. Why not a design to advertise you and your website? The ‘shoot different’ is a great legend to start.

Personally, I hate clothing logos and do my best not to purchase clothing with them – and I tape over my camera’s red dots… but, hey, each to their own.

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Warren March 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Hi Bellamy
I like the idea of a clothing line but I have to agree with a couple of the concerns posted here. I also think it needs to say a little more about your business.
I really appreciate what you do to help promote the love of film and film cameras so please take what I’m saying as constructive and not a knock.
When I first found your site I was happy that I had found a place that shared my renewed love of film cameras but as time went on it seemed that most of your site seemed to be dedicated to Leica. I know that your interests are much boarder than this but Leica does seem to dominate most of the time. I feel that this has the affect of alienating the rest of your fan base who would perhaps occasionally like to see some articles about brands that they may be interested in.
I know it’s not easy to run a site like this. I’m involved with running a watch forum and you just can’t please everyone but your line of Tee shits kind of makes it look like you want your web site to be a place for Leica fans.
We want you to do well so keep up the good work Mate.

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Chase March 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

I know a million people will be telling you their ideas for shirts… so ill be another person (apologies). “Leica fund Donations Welcome”

Also I remember Emerica (skateboard shoe company) holding a “design a t” contest. That would be really fun to participate in for JCH!

congrats on getting the brand out more. Excited to see upcoming designs.

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Alex K March 24, 2013 at 3:17 am

^YES. The Emerica design a tee contests are/were great. That would be a cool idea to bite, Bellamy.

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    Bellamy March 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I tried that before and the hate that I got was immense. People telling me I was profiting off the back of designers, that I was exploiting people etc. I decided not to do that again.
    As for these T-shirts, I think I will change the designs, as it seems that the general consensus is that they are not reflective of the site. So, back to the drawing board.

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Warren March 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Just some ideas.
Something that reflects the spirit of the hunt.
You have a logo, what about using that in conjunction with a slogan like “Buy film not pixels”.
What about still using your idea with the camera on the front but instead of just Leica you could pick just one classic camera from each brand and combine it with a slogan that reflects the spirit of your business or the joy of the art of film.
What about starting a post to get a range of ideas and perhaps give away one of your film cases to the person who comes up with the successful idea, could be fun and you might get some great ideas to help you along.
Japan Camera Hunter is your baby but we’re here to help if we can.

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Yorkshire Mike March 26, 2013 at 5:48 am

20 responses from random people and you are going to change the designs. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Go with your gut feeling.

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