Monday, November 30, 2009

Why Japan Rules

There are obviously MANY MANY reasons why Japan is THE SHIZZLE (sushi, ninjas, capsule machines, Nintendo, maid cafes... er, wait, those are lame), but this one probably tops the list for the photogeek in me: Magazines with giveaways - specifically, this magazine that gave away a DIY Twin Lens Reflex camera. How freaking awesome is that? And apparently, it only cost like 2500 yen (less than 30 bucks). GAWD I wish I was in Japan right now.

Hit up this link for photos of the camera being assembled by some blogger.

Meanwhile, my own TLR, the Super Ricohflex, is out of commission because of an as yet undiagnosed focusing issue (the focus of the viewing lens appears to be off from the taking lens)... woe is me.

Double exposure, taken back when the Ricohflex was still a healthy 50+ year old body. I miss those days.


  1. Did you ever get your hands on one of these? I finally figured out where to find them and I think I can get one of them to you, if you're willing to send a bit of gold back this way.

    Let me know if you're interested.

  2. Oh totally! How do I get you the money? Paypal? I'll flickrmail you for details. Thanks for looking out! That is awesome.

  3. I recently acquired a Gakkenflex and have achieved some fun and surprising results with it. Lots of fun to be had with that plastic toy.

  4. I'm envious. I was tempted to buy one off the Fourcornersdark store, but they were charging too much money. I'd rather dump that money into a cheap Yashica or other similar TLR and mess around with that instead.