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Japancamerahunter – What you should know

Here is some info for people in case you were wondering what I am all about
I have had a few people ask me lately what I do and what this site is all about, so I thought I should clear up a few things.

Yes, I am a camera collector and fan, but I would not claim to be a camera sage.
Yes, this is my job. I source cameras, sell cameras and accessories.
Yes, I do live in Japan, but I am not Japanese.
Yes, I am an amazing cook. But that is irrelevant.

No, I cannot find everything, that would make me a magician.
No, I don’t give things away, this is my livelihood.
No, I cannot buy the camera for you first just because you are not sure if you want it or not.
No, I cannot talk to animals, that is just a scurrilous rumor.

One of my latest acquisitions 

JapanCameraHunter is basically a site promoting my passion and what I do. I can find you the camera of your dreams, if that camera is unusual, old or hard to find. If you want the latest eleventy gazillion megapixel super beast Nikon/Canon thingummy, then I suggest you go to DigitalRev or somewhere like that, as I cannot get them for you cheaper. I do buy new cameras for people, but they tend to be cameras that you cannot find outside of Japan, or are sold out everywhere else.
So, if you just have to have that lens or camera and cannot possibly wait, then get in touch and I can make it happen for you.
the leicas

Some Leica cameras loitering recently

One of the things about Japan is that it has an absolutely amazing selection of camera equipment on hand. Seriously, you have never seen anything like it. I personally know of over 40 camera stores in Tokyo alone, some of which are completely specialized to one single brand. The thing that gives me the advantage over many people is that I have been doing this for a few years now, and people know my name, so I get to hear the rumors, the info and where things might be hiding.

The other thing about Japan is the quality. Some people say that the cameras here are expensive. Well, they are expensive for a good reason, Japanese people take care of their cameras like nobody else. Where else can you get a 40 year old Canon rangefinder that looks as if it has just come from the factory? Japan also has the largest stockpile of Leica cameras and lenses in the world! Nikon rangefinders? I know one store that has over 75 of them on the shelves!
This is what I do, I find these cameras for you and I stand by what I sell. I know that whatever I find for you will be stunning and you will be happy.
Leica M4
This camera cost over $7000! A black paint Leica M4 MOT.
But there is more. It is not just about cameras, nooooo, there is much more to it than that. I like to share videos of photographers and photography related things that interest me. I like to take pictures of cameras and write about them. I also like to show my photography and the photography of others. I shall hopefully being doing some interviews and reviews in the future, so look out for those.

In the meanwhile I welcome feedback and questions about myself and the site, please tell me what you want to see more or less of and I will try to heed your wishes.
Thanks for your support and keep on coming back, there is plenty more in the pipeline and there should be some interesting developments in the near future.


Summer with a Leica

Or ‘strolling the streets of Japan with a Leica’
Japan has been having a hell of a year, possibly the worst in living memory. The Tohoku earthquake, the ensuing tsunami and the meltdown of the Fukushima reactors taking a massive toll, not just physically and economically, but also mentally. Japanese people have shown massive strength in the face of insurmountable odds, but they are human (despite what the cartoons would have you believe) and they are exhausted.

This summer in Japan we have been told that we must reduce our use of air conditioners and electricity, as capacity is not enough to hold up to demand, and to compound this we now have to be careful about what we eat, as they are finding cesium everywhere . Now this is not meant to be a rant about government, although I would gladly rant about their ineptitude. This is meant to be a show of some of the images I have been taking in Tokyo over the last few weeks. Trying to highlight that people are still living, and enjoying life here.
awa dance
I got my Leica last month and I decided that I really want to make the most of it during the summer this year. Many summer festivals have been cancelled because of the earthquake, so the ones that are happening are all the more important to people. You can really feel the spirit and the energy of the people coming through when you go. I really want to try and capture some of that feeling, as I think it is even more important this year for people to be able to have fun and take their minds off the doom and gloom.

I have been in Japan for over 7 years now and this is the first time that I felt like people were really excited about the festivals, so I have been trying to go to as many as possible. I really wanted to be able to move smoothly and inconspicuously through the crowds, which is why I decided on Leica for this summers shooting.
Getting the Leica has been a revelation for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Nikon, but this camera is something else completely. Shooting street with a Leica is fast, smooth and very low key, you can just blend into the scenery. You can get closer to your subjects and really see what is going on.

I love the feeling, the noise and the smells of the Japanese summer festivals, and this time I feel like I have really managed to capture that through some of the images I have taken with the Leica. I have completely fallen head over heels for my M6 and if you have not shot a Leica, then I compel you to do so, you will not regret it.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that they convey a sense of hope, which is what we need here right now. It has been tough but Japan will get through it.
Please feel free to comment on the pictures or anything, I always enjoy hearing from you all.


The faces of Japan

There are millions of interesting faces, here are a few. We are surrounded by millions, but how often do we really look at their faces?

I have been taking photos for years, and for the most part they have been either crap or in no form of direction. I decided recently that I really needed to document the faces of the people around me, and specifically people that interest me. Japan is a fascinating place and it needs to be show, but not in that cliched way that most people show it. Yeah, basically we have all seen the geisha shots or the yamamba girls. How about some regular people?

After the earthquake I thought it would be nice to try and show people smiling, because to me that is what I want from my interactions with people, to evoke a smile. I am not a sensationalist or a paparazzi trying to grab a wild shot, I feel that it is important to interact with my subject so that I can really show them and see how their character comes through.

In this series of pictures I am trying to show just that, the real people of Tokyo. I hope that it will continue to be a large piece of my work. More will come soon.

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