I will be travelling to Tokyo in two weeks, what are the best places to look at film cameras, and where is the best film selection? Are there labs that can process film while I am there? I'm only going for a week, so most likely I will bring any film back with me for processing back home, but just curious what the options are.
I'm also interested in any recommendations for locations to visit.
Shinjuku has a veritable city of cameras, just to the west of the (Shinjuku) station. Yodabashi Camera has SEVERAL buildings devoted to photography - one is just film and processing (I didn't use it, but you could), and an entire floor of another is Large & Medium format cameras (for example). Nearby is BIC camera, with a similarly large offering. Film prices err on the expensive side, and cameras aren't really cheaper than the US, but the sheer range will fill you with geeky joy!
Some more thoughts here: http://mrmarcmorel.wordpress.com/201...-with-cameras/
Thanks for the insights Marc! I quite liked your article as well. I don't necessarily expect to find deals there, but I'm sure I will appreciate the extensive selection I'm hearing about!
I am planning to take a Fuji GF670 medium format camera, my 4x5 is a Sinar, and I don't feel comfortable travelling with it. I thought of using up some of my stash of Kodak E100VS in 120 over there. Especially if there are any fall colours to be seen.
On the other hand, I might want to shoot some black and white as well. Play it by ear I guess. Might bring the Pentax K1000 too just in case, since I have different lenses for it.
Thanks Karl - I used my Fuji 6x8 rangefinder a heap more than the 5x4"... Your Fuji will be perfect for travels, I reckon. Tokyo is a colour riot - E100VS is a great match :-)
Excellent! I'm really looking forward to this trip!
I visited Tokyo in April and purchased a camera from MAP camera in the Shinjuku district. They have a very nice selection.
Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter has published a series of guides covering different areas of Tokyo:
I got some notes and links to maps and stuff on my blog here:
If you haven't been in Tokyo before, prepare to get stressed out in the Shinjuku-area, just getting out of the train/subway station can be a challenge, after that, the real challenge navigating the area begins....so take your time, smile and laugh about how often you get lost :)
The Ginza-strip is imo the best place to start, it's just one main-street and all the camera-shops lies there, or in one of the side-streets, very easy to navigate.
Like mentioned above, checkout http://www.yodobashi.com/ and http://www.mapcamera.com/
I'm going there this Thursday and I'm going to be shopping around for a deal on Pentax 67 + few lens. Also maybe a Hasselblad 60mm lens.
Also lots of film, since it's a lot cheaper than Australia. Here are some prices of film at Yodobashi:
Karl , check Fuji camera prices at US before investing %40 more in japan. If I am not wrong Rattymouse or someoneelse did needed advise and I checked the camera prices at japan and was 600 dollars more expensive. Be aware.