I recently got back from a trip to Japan. I was there for a few weeks and visited 8 cities and as you can imagine, I took a lot of photographs. So many photos that I was actually photo-saturated by the end, if you can believe that. I’m starting my Japan coverage today with the cameras I brought. I own a lot of cameras and which set of cameras I bring is always an important consideration.
It’s been over 2 1/2 years since my last visit to Japan. Back in the November of 2014, I brought the Fujifilm X100S and the Nikon 35Ti, a high-end point and shoot film camera from the early 90s. In Japan, with the favorable exchange rate, I purchased an entire Pentax Q7 setup, complete with multiple lenses. I ended up shooting with the Q7 the most, really enjoying its small size and interchangeable lenses.
This year, I brought my two most often used cameras — the Olympus PEN-F and OM-D E-M5 Mark II. I was tempted to also bring the Pentax Q7 but decided against it, opting instead for the Ricoh GR. The super compact Q7 really works well in Japan, especially for street photographs and I like its contrasty black and whites. But the PEN-F is more versatile, higher quality and with even better black and whites. The Ricoh GR was going to serve as my compact street camera, if necessary.
I brought a lot of lenses too. Almost too many, but I used every lens and all the equipment fit into my travel camera bag. I often paired the 9-18mm zoom on the PEN-F with the 14-150mm zoom on E-M5 Mark II. That gave me an effective 18-300mm equivalent zoom range. For lower light, I also brought the 12-40mm f2.8 Pro, my chunkiest lens. For compact street shooting and low light, I brought the 17mm f1.8 and the 25mm f1.4. Finally, for fun, the super compact fisheye body cap lens. All are Olympus lenses except for the 25mm f1.4 Panasonic Leica.
I’m still organizing and digesting all the photos I shot, but here’s my final tallies.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II — 4,666 RAW photos
Olympus PEN-F — 2,344 RAW + JPEG photos
Ricoh GR — 1,439 RAW + JPEG Photos
Total — 8,449 RAWs and 3,783 JPEGs
Duplicates and less than stellar images will be deleted but it’s a time-consuming process. I don’t mind post processing but culling and deciding on the keepers is what I don’t particularly enjoy. I suppose it’s the downside of taking so many photos.
I’ll be blogging about Japan for a while. A change of pace from all the recent ROT Rally coverage and other events around Texas.
I shot today’s image at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Called the Edo-Koji, it sort of simulates the look of old Japan but with modern stores and restaurants. It’s worth a visit and conveniently located in the International Terminal. There are two airports around Tokyo — Haneda and Narita. If you have the choice, fly to Haneda. The airport is closer to Tokyo, prettier and you can spend some time at Edo-Koji.
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