In your bag No: 619, Ki Choquette
A very cool name and a very cool bag too. Just look at it. And the carpet too. This is a stunning retro setup that anyone would be happy to use. come and check it out.
The Rollei A110, a guest review
Barry Harding has been kind enough to give a little review of this often overlooked little camera from Rollei. 110 is starting to make a comeback now, so this is timely. Let’s let Barry do the talking.
Why should I buy a camera from JapanCameraHunter?
This is a mighty good question that I have been asked a few times recently. So, I thought it would be nice to fill you in on what I do and why I think I offer a good service.
Other medium format cameras
So, you don’t want to have a TLR, what other options do you have? One of your main options in this field would be the Hasselblad and Hasselblad style of cameras. In this section of the buyers guide I shall talk about this style of camera. In the final section we will cover SLR type cameras and rangefinders. So off we go…
So you want to get a bit bigger, but what are your options?
Right, so I hear that you are looking for a medium format camera, but you are not sure what is on offer. Due to popular request I have decided to produce a little buyers guide to medium format cameras.I have decided to break this piece into bits to make it a bit easier to digest. The first being TLR cameras.
The Rolleicord TLR, a beautiful and capable camera
I have always been a bit of a fan of the TLR camera, and there are not many more beautiful than Rolleiflex cameras. Rolleicord cameras were designed to be the less expensive brothers of the Rolleiflex cameras, but that does not mean they are any less capable. Nowadays when you think of a cheaper version of a camera, you can obviously see the difference. But this camera comes from a different era, when quality was much higher.
This camera is the beautiful Rolleicord Vb Type 2. The serial number suggests that this was an earlier type 2, produced in the early 70′s. At the time of production this was considered be be almost on par with the Rolleiflex cameras of the time. You can tell the rough date of production of this camera not only from the serial number, but from the Rollei-Worke in large type under the taking lens. After 1971 this was changed to a smaller type.
The Vb features a Xenar 75mm f3.5 Schneider Kreuznach taking lens and a Schneider Heidosmat 75mm focusing lens. It comes with a Syncro Compur 1/500 shutter and X-sync and will take 12 frames on 120 film 6X6.
But aside from all of technical details, this is a very beautiful camera. The classic design makes look like an antique, something from a bygone age. To me this is the ultimate self portrait camera, as it looks so cool in the shot that you cannot help but to include it. As this camera is meterless, you have to either train yourself very well to gauge light or you have to carry a light meter with you, which is not such a bad thing really. Using a TLR really trains you to be patient, as you have to really work on your framing. Some might say it is not really a street camera, but you only have to look at the work of people like Vivian Maier to see that it is a very capable street camera in the right hands.
This particular camera is in absolutely mint condition. It comes with the original hard leather carry case, hood, filters and strap. It is a stunning collectors piece and worthy of anyones collection, but it is also a wonderful users camera, and does not deserve to sit on a shelf for the rest of its days.
If you are interested in this camera and would like to purchase it, you can contact me for more details by clicking here.
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This is why I do what I do
There are a lot of people who ask me why I do what I do, and the answer is simple…I completely love what I do. Some people want to be an accountant, some people are born to be nurses, but for me I love cameras. But what I love even more than cameras are people. You see, for me this job the main thing is the people. I love going out to the stores and meeting people, I love meeting my customers, I love hearing from all of you. I have been told by a few people that I should have an automated e-mail reply, but I really like taking the time to reply to everyone, it is that personal touch that makes it for me.
But, after all is said and done, I love the gear and I love taking pictures.
Japan is a pretty amazing place when it comes to cameras, and this is one of the reasons why I am here. Where else in the world can you go and visit a store that is completely dedicated to Polaroid cameras? Well, you can here. I visited the wonderful SX70Forever store today and saw something that you are not going to see anywhere else in the world, a store with a massive selection of polaroid cameras and memorabilia. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with old class cabinets and jazz playing on the stereo. It was busy too, with a lot of people coming from all over Tokyo to buy cameras. They have a fantastic selection of used and sometimes unused stock on their shelves.
But this is just one place out of very many. You see there is nowhere quite like Tokyo when it comes to finding cameras. There are more stores than I can possible count. Some of them are huge and very well known, but others are tiny little places tucked into a back alley or side street. I have spent several years trying to find them and build relationships with the owners of these stores. And this is what has given me the chance to do what I do. I can find the things that people want, because I know where to look.
This is just a tiny portion of what is on the shelves in one of the more famous stores in Ginza. The prices are high, but so is the quality. And that is the thing people sometimes don’t understand. Tokyo is not the place to come and find a cheap camera. Aside from the yen being strong, the quality and selection is so high that the stores can charge high prices, as they know that they have the best gear in the world. On this shelf alone you can see lenses that are basically so rare that you cannot find them almost anywhere, especially not in mint condition. But these are all mint.
So really, this is it…this is why I do what I do. I get to go and find all of these items. I get to see the stores, meet the people and most importantly to me, I get to find people something that will make them happy. Because that is what it is all about, you going out and taking pictures. If something that I find you helps you to take more pictures then I have achieved my goal.
I always love to hear from you and love to see your comments. Drop me a line or leave an comment and help me to make what I do even better.