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Summer Book Deals

condensationIt may be different where you are, but here in Japan it is positively sweltering and incredibly difficult to drag oneself outside into the heat unless absolutely necessary. Social life and environmental concerns be damned, here at the Japan Exposures we want to do nothing more than to stay inside, pour ourselves a cool beverage, crank up the air-conditioner, and flip through our photo book library. We suspect it may be the same for you.

To that end we have put a number of books on sale from now until August 31st — although the pessimist in us worries the heat may last longer! While not all titles can claim anything but a slim connection with summer, we did try to cater to vicariousness in our selection, so if you’re looking to experience summer from afar, you might be interested in some of these:

Taiji Matsue - CellCell, by Taiji Matsue ¥4,990 ¥4590. Truth be told, while there are no doubt shots in this 2008 AKAAKA-published book taken in summer, it’s the book’s cover featuring a swimming pool that gets us in the summer mood. Good thing then that this sampling shows that indeed, there are more pools to dive into.

Daido Moriyama - HawaiiHawaii, by Daido Moriyama ¥8,990 ¥7,990. What says “summer” more than Hawaii, where it is basically summer all year round? This large tome has plenty of suntan-oiled bodies and floral print wraparounds, not to mention plenty of sand, er, grain. Ample samples here (not all from “Hawaii” though). Bonus points for Moriyama’s high contrast b/w making the surf and sand seem cooler than it probably is.

Mitsugu Onishi - The Long VacationThe Long Vacation, by Mitsugu Onishi ¥3,990 ¥3,490. The English title of this work is somewhat misleading. A more accurate translation of the Japanese title might be “The Distant Summer”, and this book has a somewhat “Summer of ’42” feel to it although it is Tokyo in the 1990s, with enough summer festivals, embarrassing hairstyles and stonewashed jeans to have you glad we now live in 2010, although the heat has probably only gotten worse.

There are more deals from where these came from, and while we can’t claim all will cool you down, they might provide some small protection from this summer’s other burning topic, the strengthening yen.

Rayqual releases Sony E-Mount lens adapters

Premier quality lens adapter manufacturer Rayqual have today released the first version of their range of lens mount adapters for Sony E-mount cameras, such as the Sony NEX3 and NEX5. The adapter for Leica M mount rangefinder lenses is available as of today, with other manual focus mount versions (Nikon F, Canon FD and Contax/Yashica) and adapters for autofocus lenses (Nikon FG, Pentax DA) including an aperture control ring following in due course (please see the product pages for produc trelease schedule).

The new Sony E-Mount is an exciting addition to the growing variety of small mirrorless SLR cameras allowing flexible use of contemporary and classic lenses. While there are a wide variety of adapters on the market, Rayqual adapters are MADE IN JAPAN to the highest quality standards allowing photographers and cinematographers to reliably and precisely mount alternative lenses on their cameras.

A customer in the video/motion picture industry who tried their luck with the cheaper alternatives comments: “We already have adaptors for all our Nikon lenses and they work, it’s just that the tolerances are no good resulting in the lenses rotating which is a problem when trying use a follow focus shooting video.” The issues were resolved after switching to the equivalent Rayqual products.

You can find the Rayqual Sony E-Mount lens adapters and other Rayqual products in our web shop.

Hand-made leather camera case for Olympus E-PL1 and Leica X1

We are pleased to announce an addition of a Olympus E-PL1 and and Leica X1 versions to our popular range of hand-made leather camera cases.

It is good to see that the trend towards high performance and presentably stylish camera continues as more and more people seem to appreciate this type of camera.

A quality camera case will make these high-tech, yet elegant looking cameras even more presentable and also protect them from external knocks while at the same time be smooth in the hands when using it. A detachable back cover protecting the LCD display is available as an option.

These camera cases handmade by an artisan, one by one, in the old center of Tokyo. Their quality and feel are extraordinary; “Perfume of REAL leather, high quality finish and stitching” writes one satisfied customer.

A unique feature of this case is that the strap attaches to the case, not to the camera as with most other cases. This case effectively cradles your valuable camera safely and gently, safeguarding your investment.

Hand-made leather camera case for Ricoh GXR

We are pleased to announce an addition of a Ricoh GXR version to our popular range of hand-made leather camera cases. The Ricoh GXR is yet another stylish and high-performing camera, similar to the Olympus E-P1/2 and the Panasonic Lumix GF-1. The GXR takes the concept of exchangeable lenses one step further by incorporating exchangeable sensors! A quality camera case will make this high-tech, yet elegant looking camera even more presentable and also protect this valuable camera from external knocks while at the same time be smooth in the hands when using it. A detachable back cover protecting the LCD display is available as an option.

These camera cases handmade by an artisan, one by one, in the old center of Tokyo. Their quality and feel are extraordinary; “Perfume of REAL leather, high quality finish and stitching” writes one satisfied customer.

A unique feature of this case is that the strap attaches to the case, not to the camera as with most other cases. This case effectively cradles your GXR safely and gently, safeguarding your investment.

Rayqual SLR lens to Leica rangefinder adapter

This is an interesting new lens mount adapter from Rayqual, which allows mounting of various SLR mount lenses on Leica M or Leica Screw Mount (LTM) mount rangefinder cameras.

While the adapter is not fully rangefinder coupled, it will facilitate focussing much more than any other adapter. It will set the camera’s rangefinder to a fixed distance of three meters. You will not be able to focus variably by means of the rangefinder patch, but the 3m setting and usual distance scale-based focussing should help a great deal.

Recommended for lenses up to 50mm focal length. Price ¥18.900.

The following lens mounts are available:

  • Nikon F
  • Contax/Yashica
  • Pentax K
  • Olympus OM
  • Leica R
  • Minolta MD
  • Exakta/Topcor
  • M42 (Price ¥13.900)

As usual MADE IN JAPAN quality. Rayqual mount adapters consistently get positive feedback from our customers. Here is a recent comment: This is one well-built little adapter. No rotational slop, very solid; it’s very smooth mounting the lens. Glad I didn’t try the cheapos from eBay… (Texas, USA, on the Rayqual C/Y to EOS adapter)

Books Exotica — Seventeen by George Hashiguchi

Seventeen, by George Hashiguchi -- Book CoverGeorge Hashiguchi is we suspect not a household name for our overseas readers. But to our mind, even though he’ll never get the love that someone like Hiroh Kikai enjoys, he’s one of the finest portrait photographers in Japan — a modern August Sander of Japan, if we may be so bold.

Seventeen (17歳), by George Hashiguchi
Pub. by Kadokawa Shoten, 1998
ISBN: 404851122X
Original Cost: ¥2,800
Japan Exposures Price: ¥1,490 SOLD

Photographer
George Hashiguchi’s portrait collections are so ubiquitous to the point where you may actually be inclined to think he was a hack, churning out book after book like he was a professional cat photographer. It must be said that Hashiguchi hasn’t necessarily helped himself in this regard, since most of his portrait projects — senior citizens, couples, fathers, workers, and 17-year olds like we have here — all follow roughly the same formula: a very specific group of people, full body portraits in black and white, an accompanying page of text featuring the same type of questionairre presentation (eg. the subject’s favorite music, what they ate for breakfast, how much their monthly allowance is) along with a paragraph or two of commentary from each subject. However, like more famous typologists, this standardization goes a long way toward highlighting the individual idiosyncracies of the subjects and countering what could be mistaken for homogeneity.

Seventeen, by George Hashiguchi -- Sample Page Spread 1

Description
Portraits done across Japan of 17-year olds, this is a republished version of Hashiguchi’s “Seventeen’s Map” which was published in 1988 (cue obligatory Parr/Badger reference — Volume 2, p. 300), with all the same portraits and text but different sequencing. Hashiguchi traveled throughout Japan with the very specific intention of taking portraits of people who were 17 years old at the time of shooting. According to Hashiguchi, he didn’t care who his models were, as long as they were 17. He also included in the book every single person he photographed, choosing not to edit out any of the subjects.

Hashiguchi (writing 20 years later) says, “These 17 year olds were all reall very different. These were ordinary high school students, and students whose hearts were engaged in activities outside school. There were 17-year olds who were already working, and those who were devoting themselves to art. All sharing this space of “Japan today,” all breathing the same air, these 17-year olds were yet so different, thinking such various thoughts.”

Condition
No problems at all, some minor sunning of dust cover and page edges is about all one can say bad about this copy. A good, used copy.

Valuation
Well, the original 1988 publication can go anywhere from $200 to $750 depending on condition and whether it’s signed or not, no doubt because it was included in you-know-what.

Seventeen, by George Hashiguchi -- Sample Page Spread 2

Goes well with…
If you’re intrigued by this book, you might be interested in the other Hashiguchi books we have in the bookstore, including a completely new book on 17-year olds, 17: 2001-2006, which has the added benefit of accompanying English text.

If you’re interested in obtaining a reasonably-priced copy of the original 1988 “Seventeen’s Map”, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Details
Hardcover. 22cm x 15cm. 1st edition, 1st printing (1998 version). 200 pages, approx. 95 b/w photos. Available here SOLD.

Hand-made leather camera cases for Mamiya 7/7II and Fujifilm TX-1/Hasselblad Xpan

We are pleased to announce the addition of a Mamiya 7/7II and Fujifilm TX-1/Hasselblad Xpan version to our popular range of hand-made leather camera cases.

The case looks absolutely fantastic!!

Customer who purchased the TX-1 case, from Hong Kong

The irreplaceable aspect of a skilled craftsman is that unlike a machine in a factory, he can do things for you that are special and usually not available. Mr Hirano, the manufacturer of our range of beautiful handmade camera cases, is able to design a camera case for a classic camera even though it is not usually in the range of products. For that however, we need a sample camera to model the case so we are always on the lookout for new cameras that would benefit from a case.

These camera cases handmade by an artisan, one by one, in the old center of Tokyo. Their quality and feel are extraordinary; “Perfume of REAL leather, high quality finish and stitching” writes one satisfied customer.

A unique feature of this case is that the strap attaches to the case, not to the camera as with most other cases. This case effectively cradles your camera safely and gently, safeguarding your investment.

Enjoy. Camera.

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