Years ago I got into photography with a spontaneous purchase.
A few months after I returned from living in Japan for a the majority of my twenties, I needed to furnish the 3rd floor of my parent’s place where my wife and I were staying until we purchase our own place.
We started off shopping for TV/DVD/Speakers/Vacuum at BestBuy, and asking for this and that free, asking for discounts on other random things, I randomly saw an “Open Box” for a Canon EOS XTi SLR for $450, I said to the sales guy, throw that in and we’re set ( as a joke ). The guy probably cashed in on the commission, so he said, “sure”, to my surprise.
From there my SLR life begins…
Altogether, I went through 3 camera bodies, and 9 lenses.
My final kit before my conversion;
Canon 7D, Tokina 16-50/2.8, The uber compact 70-300 DO IS and a couple primes the 50/1.4 and 28/1.8
Total weight : 2746
My Bag, the Lowe Pro Slingshot 100AW, and it was PACKED.
Kit Weight: 1426g
So I was carrying around just over 1.5KG of camera as a kit…
A little after my son was born, I had a wisdom tooth removed, and after that to kill time, I made my way to Yodobashi Camera Umeda. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is a HUGE! electronics store, think an average BestBuy x 1000 ( ok maybe 5 ). This place has a floor dedicated to Camera gear. Anyway, it could have been the affect of the drugs, but I saw the OM-D E-M5 and immediately wanted it. The size, the weight (<550g), the speed and the look… everything about it! I went home after to spend some time with the baby, and taking pictures, at some point I found myself holding the baby and a heavy camera/lens… and boom. I was sure I needed to do make the switch. Next day, I went to a BicCamera ( another super electronics store ) because of their point/reward system was slightly better than yodobashi and bought the EM5 kit. The next day I used the points (the points can be used from the next day) to purchase a second battery and the panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens.
Fast forward 1.5 years, the EM-1 was available for Pre-Order, I knew I wanted it. They fix a all issues that I had with the EM5 after using it 1.5 years (needs a grip, more customization, better AF Tracking to name a few) and the biggest one was the wifi capability built in . I made the decision to pre-order in Japan as 1) I’d be there on release date, 2) they were offering 3 years warranty over the standard 1 year.
With the EM1 I have absolutely no complaints, and my photos look better than ever, and easy to upload to Facebook ( I use the facebook camera app on the iphone instead, so I’m not spammed from everyone’s micro updates ), Instagram, Twitter and Flickr .
Here is simple excel of the weight comparison before, after and now
There’s a plethora of things to know before you go to Japan.
I’ve lived in Japan for the majority of my 20′s and I go back to Japan twice a year. So when it comes to Japan, I think I can help.
First things first. Get a guide book. Seriously. Get one with a map of Japan, a map of the major cities’ subway systems. Without it you’ll be lost the moment you step out of the airport. If possible grab one with some phrases.
I’ll cover quite a few topics in this multi part series, I want to cover the following;
- Planning (Part.2)
- preparing (Part.3)
- traveling within Japan (Part.4)
- communication [phone/data/wifi] (part.5)
- hotel (Part.6)
- shopping (Part.7)
- things to eat (Part.8)
- things to bring (Part.9)
So this must be my 100th attempt at blogging. I started a blog in the 90′s and had it going for a while. While I lived in Japan but then I just got too busy. Early 20′s in Tokyo, single and paid fairly well. Life doesn’t get any better. So here I am mid 30′s re attempting something that I enjoyed in my early 20′s
Random photo attached…