Charity photo exhibition in Tokyo

A group of about 70 photographers in Japan will hold a charity photo exhibition sale at Axis Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo on May 14-15, 2011. Each original print (or photo book) will be sold for 30,000 yen and the proceeds will be donated to a charity for children in the Tohoku region affected by the earthquake/tsunami disaster.

The photographers include Sugimoto Hiroshi (photo book sale), Moriyama Daido, Kon Michiko, Suzuki Risaku (photo book sale), Nagashima Yurie, Nakano Masataka, Herbie Yamaguchi, Hirama Itaru, Bruce Osborn, and Miyoshi Kozo.

Each photographer will have 3 to 5 prints for sale. The show will be from 11 am to 8 pm on the 14th, and 11 am to 6 pm on the 15th. When a sale is made, the print will be taken down and given to the buyer. So you may not be able to see all the prints at the gallery.

Map to Axis Gallery in Roppongi: http://www.axisinc.co.jp/access.html

Info in Japanese: http://caps.vc/

Sasamoto Tsuneko exhibition at FCCJ Tokyo

Japan’s first woman photojournalist is still going strong at age 96. Sasamoto Tsuneko has seen all of the Showa Period (1926-1989) and has photographed many people of the Showa times.

She’s now having an exhibition of her photos at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Yurakucho, Tokyo. The show will be until June 3, 2011 at the Main Bar Gallery.
http://www.fccj.or.jp/node/6591

I attended the opening reception and I found her to be very gracious and vivacious. She seems at least 20 years younger than her real age.

The FCCJ is right in front of JR Yurakucho Station. Map here:
http://www.fccj.or.jp/aboutus/map

Also see an article about her in The Japan Times:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20100924a2.html

Nikon reports earthquake damage

Nikon has posted a bulletin on its Web site on March 14, 2011 to report damage and personnel injuries to factories and workers hit by the Tohoku earthquake in northeastern Japan. They do not know when they can resume operations.

They will likely have global supply problems. Their damaged Sendai factory produced their top D-SLRs including the D3x, D3s and D700.

See the Nikon bulletin here:
http://nikon.com/about/news/2011/0314_01.htm

Hope they get up and running soon.

CP+ 2011 camera show in Yokohama

Canon booth at the last CP+ show in Mar. 2010.

The 2nd CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show, Japan’s largest camera show, will be held during Feb. 9-12, 2011 in Yokohama, at Pacifico Yokohama, a large convention complex and the same venue as last year’s CP+. Interesting that it will be held in Feb. instead of March, the month when the camera show was held for many years. Hopefully, it won’t snow on those days.

Note that the morning of Feb. 9, the show is open to the press only.

Admission is 1,000 yen at the door, but this fee can be waived if you preregister via the CP+ Website.

You can also register to attend free seminars and lectures where they provide simultaneous Japanese or English translation. One of the speakers is Thomas Knoll, the software engineer who initiated the development of Adobe Photoshop 20 years ago.
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/visitor/event/lecture.html

For details, see the show’s official site in English:
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

See my photos of CP+ 2010 here.

Pacifico Yokohama is near JR Sakuragicho and Minato Mirai Stations:
http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/

CP+ is held by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association). CIPA is an international organization comprised of companies involved in the production and sale of silver-halide camera and digital camera, imaging-related products, software and more. In addition to product specifications, standards and technical research, CIPA deals with environmental issues and other industry-wide issues and seeks to contribute to the development of photographic and imaging culture.
Web site: http://www.cipa.jp/english/

Canon EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II locking Mode Dial

Canon will offer a hardware modification of the Mode Dial on the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II. From Dec. 8, 2010 in Japan, you can have the Mode Dial replaced with a locking Mode Dial that has a button at the dial’s center to lock the Mode Dial’s setting. Whenever you turn the Mode Dial, you have to first press the button at the center of the dial. The locking Mode Dial is similar to the one found on the EOS 60D.

The cost will be 10,500 yen and you can have it done at any of Canon’s Service Centers in Japan. The modification will take about 10 days in Japan and there is no warranty on the locking Mode Dial. You will have to bear the cost of shipping or taking the camera to a Canon Service Center.

Payment for this modification is required even if the camera still has a valid warranty.

I have the 7D and from my experience, I haven’t had problems with the Mode Dial turning inadvertently. Significant force would be required to turn the dial by accident, but it is possible. This modification may offer peace of mind, but for me, it would be an extra step to turn the dial.

Official Canon announcement in Japanese:
http://cweb.canon.jp/e-support/products/eos-d/eosd-modedial.html

Yodobashi opens in Kyoto

Yodobashi Camera has finally come to Kyoto with a megastore in front of Kyoto Station right behind Kyoto Tower. It opened on Nov. 5, 2010.

Called Kyoto-Yodobashi, the huge 6-story building looks similar to Yodobashi’s megastore in Akihabara and Osaka. Besides selling camera equipment and consumer electronics, the building also houses other shops and restaurants. Store hours are 9:30 am to 10 pm.

It will give major competition to BIC Camera also next to Kyoto Station.

Official site in Japanese: http://www.yodobashi-kyoto.com/index.html

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