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Happy Year End Holidays

Kodak Portrait 12"/305mm 4.8 (left) @~f8, Schneider G-Claron 305/9 (right) @f11, 4x5, Fuji FP-3000B45

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Hopefully you have all finished your holiday shopping, naturally in the Japan Exposures Web and Book stores we hope, and are getting ready for some quiet time around Christmas and New Year. We are well into the year-end season and Japan is abuzz with people celebrating the closing year, including Japan Exposures as we held our one-year anniversary and year end “bonenkai” earlier this month. Here are some photos of the night showing many of our cover artists, some classic and soon to be classic photobooks, and of course our passionate companion, Tokyo Camera Style’s John Sypal:

We would like to wish all readers, friends, contributors and customers of Japan Exposures a happy year end season. Christmas will mostly be over in Japan on the 25th of December with decorations being removed preparing for the real holiday which is Japanese New Year. Like Christmas in the West, the country will come to a stand-still next week while we join with our families for some quiet and festive time together. If you place an order between Christmas and January 4th, please expect that processing might be slightly slower than normal as our suppliers and the post office will be closed.

The JE team wishes everyone happy holidays and all the best for 2010, photographic and otherwise.

Motif Camera Bag

Motif Camera Bag

As seen on Tokyo Camera Style: the Camera Camera Bag!

The camera bag that looks like a camera – perfect for people who celebrate camera culture or simply disorganized photographers with a tendency to forget what is in their bags!

This popular bag is not only an eye-catcher, it is also practical. Several pockets, zippers, a belt loop and inside small media pockets make this a fun bag to carry around your camera or other items.

Comes in several colours and designs, depending on model. It is light so shipping won’t cost the earth. See the full selection here in the Web Shop.

Sayonara 110 – Fujifilm discontinues 110 colour negative film

Sayonara 110 – Fujifilm discontinues 110 colour negative filmAfter 32 years in production Fujifilm has discontinued production of the Fujicolor 110 format (aka “pocket”) colour negative film. 110 is a cartridge-based film format used in still photography. It was introduced by Kodak in 1972. 110 is a miniaturised version of Kodak’s earlier 126 film format. The image is 13×17 millimeters, with one registration hole. (Wikipedia)

The last batch has been produced in September 2009 so it will be only available while stocks last.

We are trying to maintain stocks of this film as much as we can (available in 12 and 24 exposure versions in the web shop), but of course there are limits to what is available to us. All film has expiry dates well into 2011 so now would be a good time to stockpile it if you like this film stock and format.

For samples please visit this Flickr group.

MS-MAG x1.15 Leica M viewfinder magnifier back in stock

As we announced previously the popular MS-MAG 1.15x magnifier (announced as discontinued and sold out) is back in stock. This magnifier is of great value as on cameras with 0.85 magnification (e.g. Leica M3, Leica M6) it will result in natural view allowing shooting with both eyes open.

Thank you for your patience and those who have placed pre-orders, which will be fulfilled today.

Introducing JE Web Shop Exotica

Our Equipment Sourcing Service is proving increasingly popular and we are getting good attention from the Tokyo used camera dealers on behalf of our clients. But sometimes there is an item too good to miss, but without a current client mandate. Therefore we have started to pick up these items anyway and offer them in the Japan Exposures Web Shop with the hope of finding them a new owner that way.

From Hello Kitty Polaroids to the now legendary Fujipet toy camera, you can find an initial listing of interesting items in the newly created category Exotics. Give it a browse to be enticed and check back once in a while for any updates.

Of course, Equipment Sourcing will still be there for those who know what they want and items that you want us to search for.

Availability of Rayqual Leica M-M4/3 adapter for Leica M lenses

Rayqual Micro Four-Thirds adapter for Leica M lensesWe have just received notice from Rayqual that the Leica M-M4/3 adapter for Leica M lenses will be available on the 26th of January. Once we are able to ship you should have it within a matter of days afterwards. (Possibly even for the rest of Chinese new year holidays! EMS shipping within major Asian locations takes about one day, however bear in mind postal delays caused by the holidays so we cannot guarantee a timed delivery.)

In the meantime you might be interested in looking at some pictures of lenses mounted on the G1 using the Rayqual device and sample images taken with them. The article is in Japanese but there are plenty of images and machine translation does a decent job.

The lenses used are (from top to bottom); Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8, Summicron-M 35/2.0 (4th generation non-aspherical), SMC Pentax-L 43/1.9 Special, Canon 50/0.95 and Nikkor S.C. 50/1.4.