There aren’t many photographers I know who like drinking from lens mugs. I myself have turned them into stationery holders. But what about some hand-crafted drinking glasses inspired by lenses and made by a talented artist? Canon has teamed up with Yuri Yamada, a Japanese artist working at glass studio Saihou. She has created these gorgeous glasses inspired not only by the look of lenses but also by a shutter sound and the feel of the focusing ring.
The camera market is an interesting thing, especially when it comes to sales. Depending on how we look at the data, it can show very different results. Two reports confused me at first, with one declaring Olympus as King in the Japanese mirrorless market, holding four of the top ten spots on sales while another says that Canon’s EOS R5 was outselling every other interchangeable lens camera available.
Well, it turns out they’re both right. For the first six months of 2020, one report shows that Olympus holds the Number 1, 2, 6 and 10 spots on mirrorless camera sales collated from Japanese retailers. The other is a little more recent, covering the first two weeks of this month, showing that the EOS R5 has been outselling every other mirrorless camera currently available.
It’s easy to forget that Nikon still actually has a 35mm film SLR in its current lineup. That camera is the Nikon F6. Released in 2004, it was Nikon’s final flagship in their 35mm SLR lineup, so it’s no surprise that they haven’t quite been able to let it go just yet, despite the fact that their DSLRs are starting to be made obsolete by their new mirrorless releases.
Well, now, Nikon Japan has announced that they’re recalling some of their F6 bodies over excessive levels of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) contained within certain parts of the camera. These levels put it outside of the values set by the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Don’t worry, though, it only affects 152 F6 units.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many camera companies are experiencing delays and temporarily shutting down factories. Japan’s newest financial incentives stimulate manufacturers to move their productions out of China. And since most major camera companies are Japanese, this could change the industry immensely.
The first major photography trade show of the year, and one of the largest in the world, CP+ 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus fears. Japan has reported its first death as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the second such confirmed death outside of China. Amid fears that there is no effective treatment or containment measures, organisers have chosen to cancel CP+2020.
This is the second major tech event to be cancelled over coronavirus fears. The world’s largest smartphone show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) was cancelled on February 12th. A notification the CP+ website informs readers of the cancellation of the show, which was planned to take place between February 27th and March 1st, 2020.
Well, this is a bit of a surprise. Sigma appears to have finally made a camera that’s a sales hit. At least for Japanese retailer Yodabashi Camera. Yodabashi Camera is one of the largest camera retailers in Japan, with online sales second only to Amazon. Their latest report says that for the last two weeks in October, the Sigma FP was their most sold camera, ousting Sony from the top spot.
Tourism in Japan has increased dramatically over the past few years. And as we all know, not all tourists are respectful towards the places they visit. Kyoto’s historic Gion district has been struggling with bad tourist behavior. As a result, Kyoto has banned photography from all of Gion’s private streets and properties.
Even though Canon only makes two full-frame mirrorless bodies, they have been working on their EOS M APS-C mirrorless line up. And it seems to be paying off. According to the BCN ranking, which collections point of sale data at retailers throughout Japan, Canon is leading the way, at least for September.
It has become normal to give away every little bit of information about ourselves on social media. But it seems that we reveal way more than we think if a wrong person follows what we post. A man was recently arrested in Japan for stalking and attacking a pop star in her own home. How did he found her? Reportedly, he analyzed her social media videos and reflections in her eyes in selfies she posted.
In most countries, it’s illegal to drink and drive. But in Japan, it has now been proclaimed illegal to fly a drone while drunk. A new law has banned drunk droning, and the offenders could end up in prison for up to one year.