I have put together a shopping guide for anybody who is going to travel to, or currently lives in Tokyo. Anybody who is interested in photography knows how confusing and overwhelming Tokyo is. The first time I came here I had no idea where to start, so now I thought I would make a guide so people don’t have the same problem.
In my previous posts I talked a lot about developing and discussed a lot of equipment associated with it. The information below is aimed at anybody who is going to visit or live in Tokyo and do any kind of photography. This guide is in order of where you should visit first based on Location and recommendation.
NAKANO (Fuji camera)
Nakano is very close to Shinjuku. Just take the chuou rapid towards Mitaka, and its one stop. Nakano is famous for its Nakano broadway which on the higher floors contains mountains of manga and film memorabilia. Other than that, it is also home to one of the best, if not the best camera shop in Tokyo ‘Fuji camera’. Fuji camera is made up of several shops on the same street. It has a main shop (Ground floor) which is full of the latest camera gear in all formats. It also stocks lots of used camera bodies and lenses that are in ‘as new’ condition. In the same section they also sometimes have used scanners.
The up stairs part of this shop (2F) has every kind of Hasselblad and medium format camera you could imagine. It is in this section which they also sell camera bags and even digital backs for medium format cameras ($$$$).
Digital camera body / film camera body / compact camera / digital lenses / manual lenses / digital camera accessories / camera filters / film / scanners / medium format cameras / medium format lenses / digital backs / camera bags / light meters / more
The second part of the shop is aimed more towards darkroom & developing and tripod style equipment. This part sells mainly used stuff but you can get anything you need here. This is definitely the place you want to come if you want to start doing darkroom stuff.
tripods / light stands / clamps / enlargers / timers / enlarger lenses / enlarger filters / safe lights / easels / developing tanks / trays / tongs / dark curtain / more
The last part of the shop is a used / junk section. This part is dirt cheap and you can often find a bargin here. For example, I got an old 35mm body for £15, and all that was wrong with it was the light meter wasn’t working. It is in this section where they also have every kind of lens cap or hood in brand new condition. If you’re going to buy anything from this part of the shop, it might be worth taking a lens to test out anything you might want to buy. Saying this, they do have a lot of cameras that are in very good condition.
used 35mm SLR camera body / medium format camera body / TLR / 35mm compact camera / lens caps / body caps / lens hoods / straps / photography magazines / junk / more