Japan Camera Hunter news
Busy busy busy is how it has been at JCH towers recently, so I thought I would take some time and fill you all in on some things going on and coming up on JCH.
First of all, I want to thank you all for viewing my site. It is sometimes a bit overwhelming to think of how JCH has evolved from the first signs of a site and through the multiple upgrades. I am always trying to find new things to do and new things that interest me, and there have been a few lately. Check them out.
Hasselblad H5D test
Recently I was lucky enough to be loaned an amazing Hasselblad H5D for a few days by the wonderful people over at Hasselblad Japan. It was pretty wild and I am going to have a piece up for you about it as soon as I can figure out how to edit the absolutely mahoooosive Raw files it produces.
Street presets (look to your right) have been a supporter of the site for a while now. They are also behind the lovely Inspired Eye magazine. Well, now the have made a few more of their presets for your lightrooms. There are two packs available, both called Elixir. One is for Colour and one for Monochrome. They look to have a ton of presets in them, giving your pictures some very interesting looks, if that is your thing. Clever stuff, as this sort of thing is a bit above me.
Check out street presets for yourself.
Japan Camera Hunter Film Cases
Always developing, the new white 120 cases are now available in the store. And I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. It seems to me that a lot of people have been asking for a smaller case. Well, I might just have something in mind. I am currently developing the next generation of film cases and I hope to have them out in 2014.
Yup, something special. I have been working with a pretty well known and very cool company to put a limited edition run of something together. We have worked on a collaboration and the results are awesome. I am really excited about this and the announcement will be coming soon. but I am not going to tell you what it is yet. You have to wait.
Japan Camera Hunter giveaway competition
Just as soon as I figure out what sort of competition I am going to have, I will have one. I was trying to find my way around JCH towers the other day when I noticed that I have absolutely tons of camera stuff that I don’t use. So I am going to give it away, in the form of a competition of some kind. Watch this space. Oh, and no, I am not giving away one of my Leica’s, so don’t ask.
Photo Zines and Books
This is easily my favourite feature to do, as I get to see some amazing work and then share it with all of you. But I am feeling kind of bummed as the response has died down after an initial flurry. I still need more zines and books to keep this one alive, and I would very much like to do so. So please send them to me and get involved with this great project.
Send me your books and be a part of it.
So a few things going on as you can see. But, I want to know what you want from the site. What would you like to see more of? What could I do better? Please make sure you leave comments that are not complete tripe and I will do my best to bring new ideas to the site.
I was introduced to MagCloud by your photobook/zine segment and have done my first photobooklet as a result. I look forward to sharing it with you and thank you for that great feature!
Bellamy, it seems like your special project might be a camera bag with a JCH logo. If so, I’m really hoping it’s a backpack to allow me to carry even more heavy vintage equipment without developing FLBP (future lower back problems). And, since I, like you and many of your loyal followers, live in all-too-humid and way-too-rainy Asia, could you please include a raincover similar to the ones featured in the Lowepro AW (all weather) product lineup? Please, pretty please!
Haha, I’m also hoping the special project is a camera bag :) (hoping for a messenger/shoulder bag.) JCH has seen so many bags, there’s likely some amount of expertise there!
When is the target date for the announcement of the special project? Late 2013? Early 2014? Later? Just curious ;)
This might be an unusual request or suggestion. But the “bellamy head” logo is so great. I think it would make a great patch, put on camera bags, maybe even a small pin, stickers? Excited to see all of the news coming.
I love all the camera and kit reviews from yourself as well as your readers, but it would be great to see a few more reviews, examples and comparisons of (the dwindling number of) film types. But it’s been heartening to see a few new entries, such as Ferrania.
Keep up the great work, and likewise would love to see a JCH bag!
Oh go on, give one of your Leicas away, you know you want to! ;)
I love anything to do with photo books so its always a treat when I see a new post about one :) also if you do collab with a camera bag company…. Ive been looking for a new bag for a while! Keep up the awesome work!!
No, I don’t want your Leica in the giveaway competition…. but the Canonet GIII int he out of focus pic would be nice ;-)
Second the request for “Bellamy-head” embroidered patches. Very cool idea!
There is always something interesting to view on this site.
May I suggest that the In your Bag photos expand to full screen when clicked? My ancient eyes like the aesthetics of well made photo products and they need to have relative close-ups to view them clearly.
Nice to see the 120 film cases.