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Fuji X-Pro1 – The first ‘real’ consumer ‘rangefinder’?

There are not many digital cameras that I would buy, but this camera has caught my eye
It could be said that this site has a bias towards film cameras, but that is not entirely true. I just don’t often find digital cameras that I like. Until now….
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Fujifilm Finepix X10

Now I am not really sure about this camera. I posted the promo video for it a few months back, which generated some interest, but since then there has not been a lot going on. But now we are getting the adverts on the tv in Japan and the big stores have got shelves full of them. So in light of this I thought it would be prudent to show a review of the camera. Now seeing as I am a fan of Kai and the guys at DigitalRev I thought the best review to share with you would be theirs.
Although is is expensive and it lacks certain key features, it is still an interesting little camera that is clearly going to be very popular with people who love the retro styling and the rangefinder look. Honestly, if it wasn’t so bloody expensive I would probably pick one up myself.

Still, I am going to give it a go, so I might get one anyway. If you want to get one from Japan, drop me a line. The stocks are abundant and the Japanese versions often come with extras.



Fuji Natura S – Limited Edition

The amazing Fujifilm Natura S, faster than the speed of light
Well, I was out shopping the other day and I came across this little gem. The Fuji Natura S. This camera hold a special place in the hearts of camera collectors as it boasts possibly the fastest wide angle lens on a compact film camera. The 24mm f1.9 fujinon lens is something to behold as it is rare to find anything faster than 2.8 on most compacts.

Fuji never released this camera outside of Japan, and they did not produce for a great deal of time either, so there are not many of them about. If you do find one, they are expensive, so it is best to get them when you see them.
Officially there were three colours available; Aqua, Rose and Lavender, but in actuality there were also matt black, piano black and piano white cameras. Plus a couple of different limited edition cameras….like this one

This is the Garcia Marquez special piano black Fuji Natura S, a very limited edition camera that came with an original special case and presentation box.

The Fuji Natura s no slouch on the specs either, featuring an electronic leaf shutter, super quiet operation, fast autofocus, meter from iso 50 to 3200, built in flash, close up parallax lines. This thing is a might big camera, stuffed into a tiny frame, it only weighs 195grams!

There is only one problem….as the camera was only released in Japan, the menu and operations are all in Japanese! Fortunately they are not complicated, and after a short while you would be able to figure them out, but it can be a bit daunting.

This is a very cool camera, and it has gone….as soon as I got it it was sold. But I can get more, there are some around. If you would like a Natura S please let me know and I will get one for you. Then you can have the super fast, super light camera that nobody knows about.



Fujica GL690 aka: The Beast

A hulk of a camera, born from neccessity
Check this out…A whopper of a camera. I picked this up this week for a customer, whom I think is going to be very very happy with it. Although I don’t think the postman will be when he throws his back out delivering the damn thing.

This is the legendary Fujica GL690 Professional, a camera that was developed by Fuji in the late sixties to meet the needs of photographers who wanted the ease of use of a 35mm rangefinder style camera, with the quality and stability of a medium format film base.
At the time, Japanese commercial photographers were taking a lot of group shots (still a popular line of work in Japan), they needed a camera that was tough, easy to use, gave great quality images and didn’t cost the earth….which is where the Fujica series of rangefinders came in.
The GL690 Pro came as an evolution from earlier G690 models, being released in early 1974. The camera was given an additional release butter for vertical shots, a larger 0.92 viewfinder and the capacity to use 120 roll films instead of sheet film. There were other significant upgrades, including rubberized grips on the lenses, larger viewfinder and strengthened lugs to carry the camera (though who would want to is beyond me).

This monster weighs in at 1745g without the bloody lens! And this particular one comes with two lenses, so I am not looking forward to going to the post office.

This camera was found as part of my equipment sourcing service. You name the camera you want and I shall find it for you (within limits, some things cannot be bought for love nor money). If you need anything, contact me and I can make your camera dreams come true.


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Tokyo used camera fair 2011

Get your wallet ready, there is a fair in town
That’s right, it is time again for the ICS used camera fair. There are a lot of camera fairs in Tokyo, but this one is considered to be one of the premium ones. The Imported Camera Society began in 1972 as a group of camera traders whose primary interest was the sale of imported cameras. Over time this group expanded to 22 member companies, although now there are 19. They have three shows a year, the main one being in Matsuya Ginza. This show will be held in the transportation building in Yurakucho, Tokyo. This is a short fair, only being held for two days, but it is still significant.

I shall be there almost all day on the Friday, if anyone is coming along you can drop me a line and we can meet up. If you cannot make it and there is something that you really want from the show then let me know and I can try to get it for you. There are going to be a lot of items that will not be regularly available, so this is a chance to get something cool.

See you there,

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Fujifilm X10 Promotional Video

I managed to find a promotional video for the x10, though I would have hoped that Japan would have produced another one of the frankly disturbing video’s, like the did for the x100.
This camera is certainly going to be popular, just as long as Fuji can price it correctly. It really doesn’t matter about performance for a lot of people, just as long as it looks good and takes nice pictures, and that is the market this camera is aimed at. So us purists can whinge and gripe as much as we like, but we are not the core market for Fuji, and have not been for a very long time.



Fuji X100 video. Wow! Just…wow.

This is one of the Japanese videos released by Fujifilm for the X100.

Words fail me.


Fujifilm, you have got some balls.



Panoramic heaven with the TX-1

The secret Hasselblad, for half the price!
Here you go, something that you don’t get to see everyday. The quirky and interesting Fujifilm TX-1 panoramic film camera. This camera is a bit different from your regular 35mm film camera, in that you can switch it to panoramic mode, which automatically widens the shutter plane (pretty cool to look at). When you do this you will get approximately 21 shots from a 36 exposure film.

The TX-1 was built in conjunction with Hassleblad and branded as the X-Pan in Europe and America. Basically it was the same camera, although the X-Pan had a black finish. This was an unusual team up for Hasselblad who were more used to working with Zeiss. But it was a secret match made in heaven, they managed to make a robust and solid camera that keeps on going in no small part thanks to the solid Fuji engineering. The TX-1 sports a tough Titanium body and feels weighty in the hand. The functions are simple and easy to find, and the camera sits comfortably in the hand.


The X-Pan/TX-1 came with 3 lenses. The 30mm, the 45mm and the 90mm. All of these lenses were manufactured by Fuji under the Fujinon brand. The camera that I supplied came with a 45mm F4 lens, which was absolutely superb. the lens is sharp and has excellent rendering. The 45mm works out to be the equivalent of a 24mm in panoramic mode. There is slight evidence of vignetting in panoramic mode, but this can be remedied in photoshop or through the use a centre filter from Fuji.

This camera was bought for a customer, but I decided to test it before sending off to him, to make sure that there were no problems, and I can happily say that there were none. It was a tank and gave you a lot of confidence to shoot with.

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I was sad to let this camera go, but happy because I know that it is now making a customer in Canada very happy. If you are interested in buying one of these fantastic cameras please get in touch and I shall be able to locate one for you.



This is why I do what I do…

Because I get to see stuff like this beauty, every single day. I love cameras, sometimes I think a little bit too much…

It has to be said that there is a very fine line between a passion and an obsession, and to be honest with you, sometimes I am not really sure which one is which. I love cameras, I love what they do and what they are made for. But not just that, I love they way they look, the way they feel in your hands and they way they can make you feel. Some cameras make you feel very very conspicuous, whilst with others you can feel almost invisible. They have a power over the person who holds them to change they way that they act and the way that they interact with people.

And whilst I really love cameras, I always try to keep in mind that they are a tool, a means to producing something better or greater than myself. It is all very well to be wrapped up in cameras, but you must remember to use them.

Still, it is tough when they look so damned good.

I am very lucky to live in Tokyo, there can be no place on earth that is greater for cameras and camera shops, but also it is a place that is great for taking pictures, really a win win situation. Whilst I am not a film vs digital nazi, I am afforded the opportunity to use film on a daily basis because of how cheap it is here. Don’t get me wrong, I have owned and used digital cameras for a while and have used the very best of them, but I simply prefer to use film cameras now. I am not going to get mired in a pointless debate about which is better, they both have their merits and their flaws. But, as Japancamerahunter, I am primarily searching for film cameras, or very very special modern classics, so that you lucky people can have them for yourselves.

A fridge recently, notice the absence of food

I am also lucky in that I am basically surrounded by people who share very similar ideas to me, people who are passionate about photography, or cameras, or both. This gives me a wealth of resources to fall back on, and helps me to locate the things that you cannot find everyday. And this is why I do what I do, because I love finding that next thing, that new shop or that great camera, but I also love interacting with the people that I meet everyday. The shop owners, the photographers, and the general public. I really am living what I could call my dream, and I know how lucky I am to be doing it. It may not be much, but it makes me happy.

A cool little store that I found last week, it is almost impossible to see from the street

As long as I can keep on doing this, I will, and I am always happy to hear from people who are interested in Japan or what I do. I you are in Japan or coming to Japan then drop me a line, it is always nice to meet people who share my passion. I really take pride in the idea that I may be able to find you something really special and I always love to hear when someone is happy with the camera that I have supplied for them.


This camera is pretty damned cool

Any camera that looks like a robot is cool. It has professional written on it, it must be good…

Well well well, here is something that you don’t see everyday, the beautifully built Fujifilm GA645 Professional. I say that you don’t see this everyday, but that would be a bit of a lie, as I know at least two guys who shoot with these regularly. And why wouldn’t they? It is an autofocus, fully auto medium format camera that boasts the wonderful Fujinon 60mm f/4 lens.

It is basically a medium format point and shoot camera that runs the equivalent of a 35mm lens, so in other words, perfect for street shooting. It is fast and surprising quiet, very easy to load (I found it to be much faster in the loading than a Holga), though you do need to make sure that the leader of the film is nice and tight in the holder, otherwise it may not autowind.

This camera looks the part and feels great in your hand. It is not too heavy, but still enough that you know it is there. If you look closely you will see that the viewfinder is vertical, making it perfectly set up for portrait shots. So far the only problem I can find with this camera is that if you are an idiot like me, you will forget to take the lens cap off for the first three shots….doh!

Apart from that, it really is a dream to use and you can find yourself chewing through film a little bit too quickly if you are not careful.

Go on, look at it, you know you want to

The stats for this are fairly standard, with a shutter speed ranging from bulb, 2secs right through to 1/700s. So it is not all that fast. You really need to know the limitations of this camera.
The aperture range of this camera is from f/4 through f/9.5, so again you have to make sure you know your light and what film you are running.
And when it comes to film you can run a pretty wide range through the camera, from ISO25 right up to 1600 in 1/3 steps.

The guys I know who use this camera love it, and swear by it, stating that it is extremely well balanced and the focus is pin sharp. I must admit, I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of this camera.

This camera is for sale and you can find it on e-bay, come and support me and help me bring you more cameras. You can also find pictures of it on flickr, come and see.