While Yodobashi is an overwhelming large scale store for all sorts of technology, it can feel a little impersonal almost like a high tech supermarket, so it was super fun yesterday to re-find a camera store that my friend Ian introduced me to, many years ago….
I had a few attempts at finding it from memory, but finally resorted to this great google maps guide to camera stores in Osaka and of course there it was: Tokiwa Camera Store – as the link says it is a “good old-fashioned camera store. They have a large selection of used camera bodies and lenses, as well as a broad range of new lenses including rarer lenses from Zeiss and Voigtlander.”
Years ago I bought my first macro lens there, and when visiting yesterday discovered they had the entire range of Zeiss ZE lens for Canon EF cameras, so you know what that means right? I tried out the 50mm F2 MakroPlanar and compared it to the 50mm F1.4 Planar and ended up buying the latter (I already have the Canon 100mm macro lens) Its a beautiful lens with almost painterly bokeh – heres a shot of those autumn flowers I took with it:
The guys at Tokiwa Store were super friendly & helpful, it made me wish I had gone there first & bought the 21mm Distagon from them. I bought the obligatory lens protector for the Planar lens, and when I asked if they had a lens pouch to protect it while in my camera bag, they dug out this great old Nikkor leather lens case and included it for no charge.
The guy said that case is probably over 50 years old – like good lens they should last a life time, and a lovely antidote to disposable consumerism… I didn’t discover it until I got home & unpacked the bag but he also included a Tokiwa lens cloth and this great catalog from 1976!
Ever wondered what a Mamiya RB67 cost in 1976? or a Hasselblad 500c?
So awesome to see the massive range of Super 8 film cameras & projectors back then too
Tokiwa Store is a 5 minute walk from Nanba Station in Osaka, take your passport & you save sales tax/duty on any purchases… I will go take a few more photos next time I am over that way – so great to eg see half a dozen Hasselblad 500s for sale in the front window!