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Hot Cake Machine

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on January 26, 2010

I love seeing how things are made. Back in school I was one of the few kids in class who actually enjoyed the outings to local factories (of course a visit to the ice cream factory I did in New Zealand back in 2007 was far better than the visit to the ball bearing factory back in 1985). In Kyoto I found this little shop making small hot cakes and selling them by the dozen. I love the ingenuity of this machine, all the man has to do is trim the finished cakes and occasionally unjam squashed cakes. The machine is not only efficient, I also love the way it looks! For once I’m kind of mad that my D700 doesn’t have video capabilities. You would have loved seeing that machine crank out hot cakes by the second.

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  1. Gregoire Bolduc said, on January 26, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Great pics!

    My camera is a D-70 and it doesn’t shoot video either… But I always carry a Nikon Coolpix S-2 in a belt pouch all the time. My wife doesn’t use it (I had gotten it for her), but it’s good for snapshooting and taking videos. The image quality isn’t as good as with my D-70, but it’s always with me!


    • tokyobling said, on January 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

      Hi! Yeah, I’m thinking of getting one, but I was also thinking of finally upgrading my cell phone to one that shoots HD video. As you well know, changing cell phones in Japan is a major hassle though, and I still have almost 300 unanswered emails in my inbox. I have never been into Nikons compact cameras, I had a fling with Ricoh but it wasn’t for me either, so I might just bite the sour apple and go for a Canon compact with video.


      • Gregoire Bolduc said, on January 28, 2010 at 9:18 pm

        The Canon S90 is a good camera and has gotten great reviews here in the US. If I ever need to replace my S-2 (or actually get a job and have the money), that would be my choice!


        • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:13 am

          Michigan, was it? Maybe it’s time to get out of there! (^-^;) Right now I am a bit “low” on my love for digital cameras, they all use the same tech and the photos all come out looking much too similar. Which is why I’m almost never on Flickr these days.

          Going back to subject, I will have to look up the S90. I was always more into a G10 but it is kinda large…


          • Gregoire Bolduc said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:40 am

            Well I may leave Michigan once my wife retires from her job in 32 months… Until then, I’m here!

            The G-10 has been replaced by the G-11. And it’s about half again as large as the S90!

            If you want to copy the film look with digital cameras, it seems that someone came out with a program that duplicates the look of films like Kodachrome, Vericolor, etc. The name of the program escapes me though…


          • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2010 at 1:35 am

            32 months to go then. The clocks are ticking! (^-^) A German friend told me the G10 is better than the G11, but I wouldn’t know. I do know that the second I can afford a house with a darkroom (in Tokyo? Good luck with that…) I will get myself a large format analog camera…!


          • Gregoire Bolduc said, on January 29, 2010 at 1:41 am

            The imaging sensor in the G-11 is larger, so less noise at higher ISOs. And the same sensor is in the S90 as well…

            Larger format as in 6X6, 4X5 or what?


          • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2010 at 3:44 am

            Thanks for the info, I wouldn’t know about that. (^-^;)

            Not larger format, but Large Format! Large Wooden box camera, 20cm tall negatives! I already use 6×6 (Hasselblad) and 6×4.5 (Mamiya) but I want to focus my printing on contact prints. I’ll keep doing the digitial though, for speed and simplicity. But all this is in an impossible future. My rent is already through the roof over here… haha…


  2. Lisa E. said, on January 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    What an awesome machine!


    • tokyobling said, on January 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

      As close as Cake will ever get to Steam-Punk! (^-^;)


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