Digital camera meeting, Oct. 2, 2003 in Tokyo

I and a few other friends using digital cameras will give a talk at the Tokyo PC Users Group’s meeting.

We will talk about the digital cameras we use–the basic features, what we like and don’t like about the camera, etc. We hope to help you decide which digicam to buy if you still haven’t bought one yet or want to buy a better one. People in the audience will also be welcome to talk about the digicams that they use.

The Tokyo PC Users Group is Japan’s largest English-speaking personal computer club, with a particular interest in bilingual personal computing. They hold monthly meetings featuring various speakers. The meeting costs 1,000 yen for non-members.

Date: Oct. 2 (Thu.), 2003, 7-9 pm
Place: Tokyo Union Church basement (near Omotesando Station)
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Minolta Photo Space in Tokyo closes–>Konica Minolta Plaza

Minolta Photo Space in Shinjuku, Tokyo has closed on Aug. 12, 2003 due to the merging of Minolta and Konica.

The gallery was within Minolta’s camera repair center and product showroom (Minolta Photo Plaza Tokyo). The gallery will be absorbed by nearby Konica Plaza which will be renamed “Konica Minolta Plaza.”

In mid-Sept., Minolta’s repair center and product showroom will be renamed “Konica Minolta Photo Square” and will move to the 5th floor of the same building (Kawase Bldg.) in Shinjuku.

Canon EOS Kiss Digital demo on display

On Aug. 20, Canon announced the new EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel in the US and EOS-300D in other areas) digital SLR camera to be available for sale from Sept. 20.

The camera is now on display for you to touch and feel at Canon Service Stations in Japan.

I went to the Ginza branch (Tokyo) and tried out the camera for the first time. It was light and compact, much more so than the EOS 10D. Very impressive. Finally, a D-SLR for the rest of us. This camera definitely ushers in a new era in digital SLR cameras. Rival makers (especially Nikon) will have to come up with entry-level models of their own because that’s where the market and money is. But technology-wise (CMOS sensor, optimized lenses for D-SLRs, USM, etc.), Canon already has a leg up on everyone else, so it’s going to be tough for Nikon, etc.

Being an entry-level, affordable digital SLR, it completes Canon’s digital SLR line-up which already includes the top-of-the-line EOS-1Ds for pros and the midrange EOS 10D for advanced amateurs.

The lightweight and compact Kiss Digital boasts a 6.30 megapixel CMOS sensor (22.7 x 15.1mm) and compatibility with all Canon EF lenses and EOS accessories. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens (equivalent to 29-88mm) developed and optimized especially for the Kiss Digital will also be available together with the camera in an optional kit. The street price in Japan for the camera and lens is expected to be around 140,000 yen. Also, complementing the EF-S lens will be the new EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6II USM lens (40,000 yen retail) to be marketed at the same time.

With the milestone Kiss Digital, Canon hopes to entice more users to buy or switch to a D-SLR to greatly expand the digital SLR market. It also aims to claim a 50% or larger market share for D-SLRs.

Mailing list for photographers in Japan

Information for photographers (or interested) in Japan, we just opened a new mailing list:

The Japan Photography Mailing List is a forum for both amateur and professional photographers as well as photography enthusiasts living in Japan or with an interest in Japanese photography to meet online, exchange ideas, learn new techniques, discuss new and emerging digital imaging technologies and camera equipment, ask questions, discuss exhibitions and other photographers’ work, offer photography tips, arrange outings and gallery visits, and promote their own work in a receptive environment.

More information can be found here:

Update: This mailing was abruptly shut down by the volunteer mailing list operator and moved to Yahoo Groups. I’m no longer an active contributor.

Canon Salon S opens in Shinagawa

In May, Canon Sales, Co. moved its HQ from Makuhari (Chiba) to its new skyscraper called Canon S Tower near JR Shinagawa Station.

The Canon Wonderland photo gallery in Makuhari has closed and reopened in Shinagawa as Canon Salon S.

Address and directions here:

Canon S Tower, 1st floor
Konan 2-16-6

Phone: (03) 6719-9111

10:00-17:30, closed Sun., national holidays

Canon’s new photo gallery opened in May 2003 when Canon Sales, Co. moved its headquarters from Makuhari, Chiba to the Canon S Tower, their new sales HQ in Shinagawa. The gallery is large, with 58 movable panels 1.2 meters wide. Free admission. On the 2nd floor, there is a nice Canon product showroom.

8-min. walk from JR Shinagawa Station, south exit. Walk on the elevated “Sky Way” pedestrian overpass.

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