I’m Just came back from a week in the Holy Land (Japan of course). I was very lucky in general. Under the photography point of view not much. My bag was composed of M9 with 28 elmarit, 90 elmarit, 15 voigt plus the Fuji xpro1 with a 50mm 1,4 equiv (don’t ask the real focal lenght). A lot of photo opportunity which at a first glance did not work out well for me. Every where there was a lot o people (really a lot of chinese) for the cherry blossom. One day I decided to take the fuji and it died of battery illness Just 2 hours after the day. Another day I miss the opportunity to meet John Sypal from Tokyocamerastyle by Just 15 minutes. So not very lucky. At least this time no deer from Nara tried to charge me, they have been content just be eating part of my map.
The usual tour at Yodobashi and Bic camera in Shinjuku was uneventless. The Ginza tour of used camera store, Lemon camera, Sukiya etc, a lot of nikon lenses, was not as expected, nothing more than everything ever made for nikon, used or new, for the Leica there is a good selection, but luckily we in europe can still find everything at a decent price, except for the “collector” pieces, which I think that Tokyo still offers a good amount of rarity compared, to let’s say the New Old Camera shop in Milan or others.
I was looking for some fancy polaroid or instant camera but it seems that not much was for sale, I manage to get 4 boxes of FP10045c for half the price of ebay. Velvia in 4x5 is still pretty much available, but I did not see the Velvia 100 in 4x5, you can get everything you want in 35mm and 120. Of course in japan you can still use film as much as you like, and is very common to find people with film cameras, mainly Nikon, some contax and of course Leica.
A note must be written because it seams that everybody in china got a sony alpha 7 and traveled to Japan, somebody got 2, the leica M240 is very popular also, I’v counted at least 3, and a guy was using 2 at the same time plus a film MP.