Happy SUNday! – Carol’s first Canon camera

Carol and her AE1

Carol with her brand new Canon AE-1 – 1978

Just back from a trip to the Navy Exchange… Carol’s first 35 mm SLR and she’s all smiles!
Our on-base house in Yokohama, Naka-ku, Honmoku, Japan.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris & Carol

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random scans from Japan

Every now and again I’ll find the time to scan a bunch of camera brochures for easy future reference. Here’s my latest batch fresh from Japan.


Buy, sell, build or renovate your home!

Tokyu Lines, Minatomiral Line Route Map (current).


Canon AE-1 Instruction Book (below) from March 1981. Definitely a different cover from the English Edition.


Asahi Pentax Slide 501 (below) automatic 35mm slide projector/viewer. No date on the brochure but I’m guessing that it was released in the mid to late 1970s (around the time of the Pentax ME).


From inside the brochure a rather surprising graphic. Can you imagine if something like this was inside your Kodak slide projector instructions in the US??? But Japan takes a more mature approach to nudity and the graphic is quite funny to see the reactions on the catoons faces.


The Minolta TC-1 (below) from a brochure dated 1999. The TC-1 is a compact point and shoot 35mm film camera that still commands a strong price in the used market. Mint and near mint examples regularly sell from $800 to $1,200 USD on sites like eBay and Yahoo Japan Auction.


The brochure that I scanned this from shows a list price of  ¥148,000 and an actual selling price of ¥122,000 (about $1,140 USD).


28mm G-Rokkor f/3.5 lens – kinda slow for the money IMO.


Fujifilm X-T1 / X-T10 brochure dated May 2015.

Nikon F80 (N80 in the US) brochure dated August 29, 2001.


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Fujifilm X-Pro2

Thanks for stopping by and some of these brochures can be found in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

Kamakura Daibutsu

My wife and I lived in Yokohama, Naka-ku (Honmoku) from the Summer of 1977 to early Spring of 1980. We totally enjoyed our time in this wonderful country and are hopeful we will be able to return again. We had our favorite spots – Sankei-en and Kamakura being two of our most favorite. As with any well known attraction, the Great Buddha at Kamakura has been photographed from every angle imaginable. I’ve always enjoyed exploring angles that may not have been tried before.


July 1979. Canon F-1 with FD 24mm lens on Kodachrome 25.


Kodachrome 25. Bright sun. Canon F-1 with FD 24mm lens. It’s what film photography was (is) all about.


More traditional view of the Great Buddha. Steaming hot July day on the Kanto Plain. Yashica TL Electro-X on Kodachrome 64.


Gotta have a tourist shot! We love the antennas on top of Mt. Fuji!

So many things will have changed in Japan since we were last there but they’ll be plenty that will stay the same… forever. Kamakura is one of them.

Thanks for the visit!