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Feb 22 | All About Tokyo Taxis – Part 1

In which I discover a minor taxi racket in Akasaka, ogle taxis from the top of Tokyo station, go taxi hunting, and end up calling myself an otakushii. You can get descriptions to all these photos by reading the alt text (hover) or by looking through this imgur album. New York City has, for all […]

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Feb 12 | Strange Dreams from Oshima

In which I sleep walk 20km across an island 120km away from Tokyo, while taking weird photos and searching for warm drinks in the freezing cold. Samyang 14mm f/2.8, 15 second exposure on 5D Mark III, Magic Lantern, shooting once every 1 second at ISO 3200 with mirror lockup to prevent shaking It’s 6:57 when […]

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Jan 3 | What’s In My Bag

I’m a photographer based in Tokyo. I collect film Canon SLRs too, though my current bag setup is not built around showing off my cameras! The key components are a Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon A-1, with a Samyang 14mm wide angle lens. I’m chiefly a landscape photographer stuck in an hyper-urban jungle, […]

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Dec 26 | 1980 Canon Reflex magazine

Follow my adventures on YouTube at the CanonFilmGuy or see the entire catalogue at canonfd.org This is the 31-page Canon Reflex sales brochure from 1980, and lists information about the Canon F-1, AE-1, AV-1, AT-1 and the A-1. The full version can be downloaded here. A stamp at the back identifies as the store it […]

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Dec 24 | What’s in a viewfinder?

Follow my adventures on YouTube at the CanonFilmGuy or see the entire catalogue at canonfd.org The view within a viewfinder has always been an opportunity to display additional information to the user. In the photos below I go over 8 film SLR and rangefinder camera viewfinders. Canonet 19 (1961) The Canonet’s viewfinder, which sported what […]

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Dec 22 | Canon A-1 vs. New F-1

Follow my adventures on YouTube at the CanonFilmGuy or see the entire catalogue at canonfd.org Update 12/24: Mike Santos from the Canon FD group on YouTube kindly suggested corrections. Thank you! In the late 1970s and early 1980s Canon released two different 35mm film SLRs: the A-1 and the F-1. They were targeting different buyers: […]

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May 2 | Design details of the Tokyo subway ticket machines

I’ve been a big fan of the Germaphobe’s Guide to Buying a Metrocard in it being an elegant exercise of understanding the design decisions behind the things we use every single day. I decided I’d take a similar exercise to the Tokyo subway ticket vending machines, which in some shape form the backbone of the […]

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Feb 27 | GPS tracking my ski trip in Vail

This past week I had the chance to ski in Vail, Colorado, and I took with me my BadElf GPS Pro as I skied up and down, into the Back Bowls and the Blue Basin. I’m always interested in recording all sorts of odd bits of data, so I figured my ski tracks would be […]

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Jan 31 | Diving deep into an app: Yahoo Norikae Annai

Everyone knows Japan is a transit heaven, a carefully coordinated orchestra of trains and buses that shepherds what amounts to the entire population of Switzerland on any given day. Having moved from Switzerland, the other transit heaven, the one thing that I miss the most is a nationally unified transport structure that, coupled with an […]

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Nov 30 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review

I’m a card carrying member of the heavy, bulky DSLR Canon fanboy group, so getting my hands on a Lumix DMC-CM1 was something that took a bit of warming up to. But at the end of the day, it’s what camera you have in your pocket that matters most, and this has turned out to […]

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