Going to Japan - Second Hand equipment
I am going to Japan in a month! Yay for me! I've always wanted to go to Japan, so this is a bit of a bucket list trip.
Unfortunately, though, I am part of a tour (my wife's work), so to get away from the touristy places is going to be hard. I don't mind in the slightest. You gotta do what you gotta do.
Anyhow, on the last day, I will have about 6 hours to spare in Tokyo. Now, I have heard on the grape vine that Japan can be a bit of a mecca for second hand camera gear, so I am keen to see what I can find. My plan is to go in semi prepared to see what I can find (but it may go out the window on the day).
Does anyone here have any inside knowledge of where to find possible second hand gems?
If you're not getting an answer here, I know that on rff, there are members who live in Japan/Tokyo and have knowledge of such places.
Quick search ''japan'' in APUG will travel you to lots of thread.
Good luck and have fun.
We were there last year. There are a couple of big ones:
BIC Camera & Yodobashi Camera. They are both chains, so they have many stores. The ones in Tokyo are bigger than in the smaller cities, but they're all interesting.
Check out: http://www.gojapango.com/tokyo/tokyo.php?poi_id=1521 and http://www.gojapango.com/tokyo/tokyo.php?poi_id=3103
Have fun, I sure did!
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Great! I have a bit of reading to do!
If your interested, we are in Japan for 6 days, going to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Okazaki and back to Tokyo. (Okazaki is to visit the manufacturing facility for the company my wife works for). We are on a pretty tight schedule, so I'm sure any photography I do will be of the "Main Attractions". I think I'll still manage to get my Bronica in the bag....
Good luck, I don't think 6 hours is enough for even 1 or 2 decent second hand stores. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for.
If you are going to Shinjuku or Ginza, they are pretty close by. I would first try to find out where the tour is going.
You also might want to buy film/developer/darkroom equipment here. The stuff you bought from me about 1 year ago when I was moving here, is from Japan after all.
You can also search for rough prices on map camera website. Although they are more expensive than others.
What is it that you are after?
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I would highly suggest Map Camera in Shinjuku if you have the time to get there (it's on the Yamanote Line and out the... East exit I think?). You'll go into a whole market bazaar and Map Camera is sort of hidden in there.
They have a crap load of nice used goods. Nothing short of amazing really. That's where I got my Leica.
I would probably spend my entire time in Shinjuku - the links goros posted above should give you plenty of information about the best places to visit for second-hand gear, although to not go to Yodobashi Camera while you are in the vicinity would almost be a crime too.
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. D. Arbus
Thanks guys & gals!
I am going to specifically look for Bronica S/SQ (Nikon lenses for the S stuff) & Minolta MD/MC gear. Minolta AF gear would also be of interest.....Oh and if I can find the odd LF lens here or there. Crap, might need a bigger suitcase!