14 Jan Yodobashi Camera

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/6.4, 1/340 sec, ISO200)

I can’t remember exactly the time when I felt like that. I guess I was five and I was inside a toyshop.

As soon as I entered I was in a new world. Yodobashi Camera. The biggest camera store in the world. An amazing place. According to Wikipedia the first store located in Shinjuku/Tokyo sold 1/3 of all SLRs sold in Japan in the 70s. And I guess that was not a small number. I visited the old store in Shinjuku/Tokyo at the end of the week since it was very close to my hotel. This is about the Yodobashi camera store in Osaka. 12 storeys high though the top 4 are a parking garage and the 8th floor is a restaurant.

On my trips through South East Asia I got the impression that photography with a real camera is dead. Everyone just shoots pictures (mostly selfies) with her/his smartphone. Often I was the only one with a real camera. But not so much here. Classical photography is alive and kicking in Japan and in this store I can see why.

Just imagine a camera shop where you can find every camera or lens from every brand. Even real exotic stuff like Sigma Quattro or Zeiss Otus lenses. In addition all camera bags from LowePro, ThinkTank, Tenba or Artisan&Artist. And of course there are tripods, monopods…

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