Ginza Camera Fair

I went to my very first camera fair today. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the opportunity was there so I took it. There seems to be 3 a year and after today I will definitely go again.

There were quite a few stands there with a wide range of film cameras. To be honest the whole thing made me realise that:

  1. I am a nerd
  2. I have a nice camera collection
  3. I know a fair bit about cameras
  4. I am a nerd
  5. I can’t resist a cheap old camera

I didn’t go with the intention of buying anything, but there were junk bins!

The junk bins were the only areas that were hard to get a space to peruse. I had to hold my ground a few times. I did notice I was probably the only female there and so I felt I had to be a little more “stand my ground-ish”. One or two Japanese men tried to push me out of the way. In these instances being short and rotund, low center of gravity, really helped. Having stood my ground I felt like I should buy something, it was my god given right!

So I ended up buying 4 cameras for about $30

The only one I was unsure of was the Konica, but I read a little about it when I got home and wow, lucky me. Turns out it is a great camera and this is the rare version due to the 1.6f lens.  

They all seem to function properly apart from the flash on the Olympus. I will work on that, but the camera doesn’t need it to function in daylight. I will test them all eventually and put them on here.

After the fair I went to a fabric area in Tokyo and bought some leather and stuff to reskin either these or future purchases.

Once I got home the weather was awful so I decided to spend my time changing light seals and reskinning some of the cameras I bought. Here are the results:

Now to test.