When you shoot as much as I do frequent trips to the camera service center becomes necessary. I’m lucky to live in a city that has several official Nikon service centers but the one I used the other day was in Shinjuku, on the 28th floor of the L Tower. Excellent service for any mechanical problem you might have with your camera. The center being on the 28th floor also gives you an excellent opportunity to get some photos of Shinjuku from above! I took these through the thick window glass, which is always a little bit difficult. To really cut out the glare you need to have an assistant and a big black cloth, but I made do with myself and my coat to get these. You can spot quite a few tall landmarks, such as the Docomo Tower and the Sky Tree. Enjoy!
In my photo life there has been a few true-love affairs and quite a few misses. Starting with my first ever camera, a semi automatic Olympus Trip 35 that to this day takes the most amazing black white photos, to my mother’s Nikon FM that I just borrowed and never returned, and the Hasselblad 500CM that I still take out for a spin every now and then, to the sadly stolen Nikon F601 that was one of the best camers ever for color positives, to my trusty Nikon D90. But not all love lasts for ever and a few days ago I traded a bunch of old stuff in for a new bright young thing. These photos are some of the first I took, completely manual, absolutely no post processing, with a Nikkor 85mm f1.8. I think I am in love.
The pictures show a man installing the festival lanterns announcing the sponsors of this year’s Nakano Matsuri. I don’t think I’ll be in town over the next weekend though, so sadly I’ll miss it. Luckily, I’ll be in an even bigger festival, far away from Tokyo. I love my life.
I visited the Tokyo Eco Products convention the other day (2008/12/12) to be exact and naturally I headed straight for the Nikon booth where my gaze immediately fell upon this beauty: a Nikon D3 cut in half for all of our camera porn pleasures! For a technophile camera lover as myself, I was for once happy to be a foreigner in Japan: the staff politely ignored my feeble attempts to take a decent photo through the counter glass. I felt slightly incestous: a Nikon D60 photographing a crippled D3. Behold all the beauty that is Nikon technology! And pray that you never see anything like this again.