Tag Archives: Japan

Return To The Olympus OM30

I knew I had left at least one SLR in Japan, but I didn’t know which one. I was happy to find it was the Olympus OM 30 with a 50mm lens. I used that one for most of my holiday, once I put in 5 batteries..yeap 5!

First I took it to the Kounosu Poppy Festival which had over 30 million poppies in bloom and a delicious Kakigori.

Then I took it to the Kawajima Rose Festival which has the longest rose tunnel in Japan. It really did get a flower workout.

After being in a suitcase for almost a year, you can see it still worked perfectly. I finished the film on the way to Champ Camera to get it developed.

It was nice having (almost) one camera to choose from for a while and it reminded me why Olympus was my first love.

A Photo Book on Japan

I finished school a week ago and have been hanging around watching the world cup. I was planning on traveling around Japan, but England is doing surprisingly well, though I might have just jinxed tonight’s game. Well, yesterday was very rainy and there was flooding around Japan. So instead of going out walking and exploring I sat down at my computer and made a small photo book using iBook Author. It doesn’t have much text, mainly photos. It is already on iTunes and iBooks. You can find it here.

Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 15.50.00Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 15.50.39Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 15.50.56

Japan v Hong Kong camera prices.

I decided to go to Hong Kong for Xmas. I have never been and always wanted to. It is so close to Japan, plus I have friends here with a vacant apartment for me to use. Thanks buddies. Anyway, one of them also likes film cameras and he sent me off to a place with a few shops. Once I found it, there was a plethora of cameras to choose from.

But golly the prices. They were so much more expensive than in Japan. I did buy some film and the seller asked me what camera it was for. I showed him the Contax 167mt in my bag and he said, “honest, honest where you get that lens, it is rare here, very expensive”. I told him about living in Japan and how much I paid for the 50mm, he said it would be double in Hong Kong…of course then he tried to sell me a uv filter for it. 

I also had a mju 70 in my bag that I got for $3. I saw one in a shop for almost $80. I think I will leave it for my friend as I understand now why he doesn’t have so many cameras. I haven’t tested it, but I am sure it works. I will finish the film here and develop it later for this blog.

So no Xmas gift for myself at the moment, but it does mean I might go a bit wild before I leave Japan.

And here is a cute penguin I saw in Kowloon Park for your troubles

Merry Seasonals to you all.