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Sep 14, 2011 22:49 |  #1036

LostInInaka wrote in post #13105176 (external link)
Just have to chime in here about Canon's repair service...

Had a 24-70 with a broken lens mount, filled out a quick repair request form (all the service centers are more than a convenient drive away, so no drop off service for me), got a box the next day, packed it up, the next morning got a call with an price estimate and quoted 7-10 days to fix. Well the next morning, got another call saying it was done and had already been shipped. Just got it about 5 minutes ago COD'd to my door.

Gotta say I am very impressed at the turn around and communication...

Now I just have to make it to a center to pick up a CPS form...

Sounds like typical Japanese service to me.
These days, it's when they don't perform like that, that I get a shock!
So much so, when I go back to the UK for trips, I try to close my eyes and ears to what passes as "customer service" over there.
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Sep 27, 2011 21:28 |  #1037

Hey, I'll be in Kadena AB, Japan starting November 30. Hopefully this thread will make the transition a bit easier! Skygod, I'm not sure if you remember but you were an early influence for me on this site, hopefully that trend continues! For those of you that do not know Kadena AB is on Okinawa, one of the islands south of mainland Japan. I look forward to getting back on the site and back into photography! (I just got out of Air Force basic training)


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Sep 28, 2011 12:23 |  #1038

ElTigreBlanco wrote in post #13173837 (external link)
Hey, I'll be in Kadena AB, Japan starting November 30. Hopefully this thread will make the transition a bit easier! Skygod, I'm not sure if you remember but you were an early influence for me on this site, hopefully that trend continues! For those of you that do not know Kadena AB is on Okinawa, one of the islands south of mainland Japan. I look forward to getting back on the site and back into photography! (I just got out of Air Force basic training)

I grew up in Okinawa in Koza City (now known as Okinawa CIty) which is just outside the main gate of Kadena (east side of the base). If you're new to Okinawa and want some ideas for photo ops, just ask. But I'm sure you'll find many photo ops in Okinawa even without trying. It's such a beautiful and tranquil place, especially if you go up north. :)


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Oct 02, 2011 20:24 |  #1039

Published....sort of...
http://metropolis.co.j​p …ategory/photo-of-the-day/ (external link)
Thought you might like top see my SkyTree photo here.
Cheers,
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Oct 04, 2011 21:33 |  #1040

ElTigreBlanco wrote in post #13173837 (external link)
Hey, I'll be in Kadena AB, Japan starting November 30. Hopefully this thread will make the transition a bit easier! Skygod, I'm not sure if you remember but you were an early influence for me on this site, hopefully that trend continues! For those of you that do not know Kadena AB is on Okinawa, one of the islands south of mainland Japan. I look forward to getting back on the site and back into photography! (I just got out of Air Force basic training)

Hey! Good to see you back in the game on POTN, though sadly, at the moment (due to a new baby!) I simply don't have much free time at all....so today is a rare moment to jump into the threads and catch up.
Do keep in touch though, and I hope things go well on Okinawa, especially with the issues about relocating.

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Published....sort of...
http://metropolis.co.j​p …ategory/photo-of-the-day/ (external link)
Thought you might like top see my SkyTree photo here.
Cheers,
John

Well done, John! And yes, your shot really highlights how European (or even USA-types) should be brought here, to teach the Japanese what a "view" is!!!!!!!
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Nov 14, 2011 09:21 |  #1041

skygod44 wrote in post #12356575 (external link)
[1~14 snipped....so look up there!]
Great list!
Here's my adaption:
1 - If you have big feet, yes, bring extra shoes, but if your feet are up to 30cm long, don't bother as we've lots of cheap shoes available.
2 - Agree!
3 - If you're body-size is "normal", bring as little clothing as possible, as you can buy plenty here, which is suited to the climate.
4 - Ibuprofen is now cheaply, and widely available. Haven't seen asperin though....
5 - Glasses are cheap and plentiful here now. And "made while you wait" is all the rage!
6 - If it were me, I'd cancel subscriptions.....and get into the Japanese stuff!
7 - A one year contract means exactly that here....so if you're going to leave in less than 366 days, yes, get a 'phone over there.
8 - Perhaps using the internet might be easier...?
9 - Again, internet gives us so much access these days....
10 - Onsen are great! Especially in remote areas.
11 - Online booking for hotels using a network called "Jalan" is by far the cheapest way I've found of using hotels. Your support team can help you with that.
12 - Driving here is great!!! Except for the slow speed limits, poorly maintained roads, badly signed towns and cities, non-named streets, weird rules of the road, overly strict police, drivers of custom cars, people riding scooters, people "aiming in the generally correct direction" any super-compact sized cars, coaches on the highways..........etc, etc....
13 - Japan is a great base of Asia and Australasia. Enjoy!!!!!!
14 - Agree!
Regards (again!),
Simon

I know this is a late reply (half a year actually), but I just want to give an update on my life here and thank the advice given in this thread to help me prepare for the move.

Luckily, I'm a pretty small guy; actually, I'm a REALLY small guy, so finding clothes, shoes, etc. in my size is no problem at all.

Unfortunately, the rules of my company states that I cannot operate a motor vehicle here. I can only use a bicycle or public transportation because of safety purposes.

As far as gear goes, I found a place in Nakano (in Tokyo) that sells new/used gear at a really good price. Sadly, some lenses -- 24-70 or 35L -- are much more expensive here than in the States. I'm thinking about buying it at B&H and having it shipped to my place.


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Nov 24, 2011 01:45 |  #1042

XxDJCyberLoverxX wrote in post #13397414 (external link)
I know this is a late reply (half a year actually), but I just want to give an update on my life here and thank the advice given in this thread to help me prepare for the move.

Luckily, I'm a pretty small guy; actually, I'm a REALLY small guy, so finding clothes, shoes, etc. in my size is no problem at all.

Unfortunately, the rules of my company states that I cannot operate a motor vehicle here. I can only use a bicycle or public transportation because of safety purposes.

As far as gear goes, I found a place in Nakano (in Tokyo) that sells new/used gear at a really good price. Sadly, some lenses -- 24-70 or 35L -- are much more expensive here than in the States. I'm thinking about buying it at B&H and having it shipped to my place.

Wow! Great to see a reply.
And it's good that you're finding things OK in Japan.
Not so good that you're stuck with a bicycle/public transport, though driving can be quite hazardous if you're not used to people driving with their eyes shut!
As to lenses, yep, the Yen is very strong right now, so DO buy from B&H or Adorama and enjoy that saving.
Cheers for now,
Simon (also absent a lot recently, due to the new baby taking up 28 hours per day of my time!!!!)


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Nov 24, 2011 08:12 |  #1043

XxDJCyberLoverxX wrote in post #13397414 (external link)
I know this is a late reply (half a year actually), but I just want to give an update on my life here and thank the advice given in this thread to help me prepare for the move.

Luckily, I'm a pretty small guy; actually, I'm a REALLY small guy, so finding clothes, shoes, etc. in my size is no problem at all.

Unfortunately, the rules of my company states that I cannot operate a motor vehicle here. I can only use a bicycle or public transportation because of safety purposes.

As far as gear goes, I found a place in Nakano (in Tokyo) that sells new/used gear at a really good price. Sadly, some lenses -- 24-70 or 35L -- are much more expensive here than in the States. I'm thinking about buying it at B&H and having it shipped to my place.

Too bad you can't drive around the country...a lot to see off the beaten track...befriend someone with a "k" van and get out of Tokyo....or just take a local train to the last stop and walk around...I used to do just that and see small towns...that's what I did when I lived in Sendai and saw towns that are no longer and will never again be...sad to even think about that...

As for gear....check out "recycle" shops for old MF lenses....one thing Japanese do like is new gear and MF lenses may be found gathering dust in those little local neighborhood thrift shops....

Just don't offer to pay the sticker price...these shops are probably the only place you can negotiate a bahgin...just look at the lens closely, suck air between your teeth, shake you head slowly in disappointment, say "takai, neh" ("kai" like tie, "neh" like heh but a bit drawn out) and get the owner to make an offer...now you're in the driver's seat to offer a lower price...
Good luck...


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Nov 30, 2011 17:38 as a reply to  @ kitacanon's post |  #1044

Looks like I'll be getting a chance to go back to Japan next fall, hopefully. This'll be the first time taking my two kids to go see all the relatives in the Isogo, Yokohama area. We'll probably have to go up to Sakuragicho so that we can take more pictures of the ferris wheel/amusement park as well as Asakusa. We'll probably have to go visit the relatives and the haka as well as do some sight seeing, possibly even Tokyo Disneyland or maybe Nara to feed the deer.

Anyways, right now I'm just learning how to use my 60D and only have the 18-200 kit lens and an 85 1.8 lens. Will these two lens be okay for the trip or should I look into a wider lens, like maybe a 10-22? I really don't want to carry more than 2-3 lens + flash.


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Dec 02, 2011 07:27 |  #1045

mnk231 wrote in post #13476069 (external link)
Looks like I'll be getting a chance to go back to Japan next fall, hopefully. This'll be the first time taking my two kids to go see all the relatives in the Isogo, Yokohama area. We'll probably have to go up to Sakuragicho so that we can take more pictures of the ferris wheel/amusement park as well as Asakusa. We'll probably have to go visit the relatives and the haka as well as do some sight seeing, possibly even Tokyo Disneyland or maybe Nara to feed the deer.

Anyways, right now I'm just learning how to use my 60D and only have the 18-200 kit lens and an 85 1.8 lens. Will these two lens be okay for the trip or should I look into a wider lens, like maybe a 10-22? I really don't want to carry more than 2-3 lens + flash.

Hope you can make the trip....
It should be lovely that time of year "up north".

As to lenses, well, as anyone will tell you it all depends on what you want to photograph.

I have the 10-22, and quite honestly, it's quite a specialist lens. Doesn't come out to play much, but part of that is because I don't live somewhere where I need an ultra-wide on a regular basis. No "skyscrapers" here!

My most-used lens is the Sigma 30 f/1.4. Great on a crop-body - just the "right" field-of-view. Lovely smooth bokeh too, making it excellent for family shots, and general stuff like the Ohaka. So, without knowing exactly what you want to photograph, I'll say take a look at the Sigma.

Cheers for now.....
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Dec 02, 2011 12:02 as a reply to  @ skygod44's post |  #1046

skygod, thanks for the advice. I'll definitely look into the Sigma 30mm. To be honest, and I know that most on this forum will not like this train of thought, most of the pictures will be just as you described - family shots and general stuff. As I said, this will be the first trip for my kids and I will probably be taking more pictures of them than anything else.

That being said, I will probably try to take a picture of everything else as well. I don't know that I have anything specific in mind (i.e. landscape, people, etc.) to shoot as it is more memories. The only reason I asked specifically about the 10-22 is that I've used the lens before and it is great when there's not a lot of room to back up and take pictures, like at the shrine at Asakusa.


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Dec 03, 2011 07:11 |  #1047

Just one question about buying used gear in Japan: if I need a lens/camera to be calibrated or repaired, could I go to one of the big camera stores (Yodobashi, or other big sellers) and ask if I could go through them to fix my gear?

Is there LostInInaka mentioned that a form was filled out; I'm assuming it has to be in full Japanese? Although I can speak conversational Japanese, I don't think I'd be able to fill out a full form or explain to the Canon service tech. what my problem is.


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Dec 04, 2011 21:18 |  #1048

Greetings -
As far as I know, Yodobashi and others do not provide repair services, but Canon has a number of services centers all over Japan. I have used them and so far service has been superb. Canon service centers do not do calibration (micro-adjustment - I asked). There is a repair slip, but they fill out most of it such as lens, serial number, whether it included front and back cap and a description of the problem after you tell them. I gave them a name card with my address and phone number and they copied it on the form. Last visit was in October, an "Err99" on a lens. Dropped it off and four days later it arrived at my home good as new. Here is a good link: http://photojpn.org …service-centers-in-japan/ (external link)
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Dec 07, 2011 22:06 |  #1049

mnk231 wrote in post #13484937 (external link)
skygod, thanks for the advice.

Your're welcome.:D

I'll definitely look into the Sigma 30mm. To be honest, and I know that most on this forum will not like this train of thought, most of the pictures will be just as you described - family shots and general stuff. As I said, this will be the first trip for my kids and I will probably be taking more pictures of them than anything else.

That being said, I will probably try to take a picture of everything else as well. I don't know that I have anything specific in mind (i.e. landscape, people, etc.) to shoot as it is more memories. The only reason I asked specifically about the 10-22 is that I've used the lens before and it is great when there's not a lot of room to back up and take pictures, like at the shrine at Asakusa.

I guess one important consideration is what you think will make an interesting picture on your return home.
Living in Japan, I find pictures of shrines and temples to be very dull....'cos I can see them any time I want.
But pictuers of people at temples and shrines are always interesting to me.
Thus, if I had your camera bag, I'd probably have the 18-200 on the camera most of the time, and then perhaps swap to (my suggestion), the 30mm lens for family shots because it will more easiy create a "pleasing" photo full of warm memories.
Just my extra thoughts on the matter.....
Cheers for now,
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Dec 08, 2011 11:11 |  #1050

skygod44 wrote in post #13511530 (external link)
Your're welcome.:D

I guess one important consideration is what you think will make an interesting picture on your return home.
Living in Japan, I find pictures of shrines and temples to be very dull....'cos I can see them any time I want.
But pictuers of people at temples and shrines are always interesting to me.
Thus, if I had your camera bag, I'd probably have the 18-200 on the camera most of the time, and then perhaps swap to (my suggestion), the 30mm lens for family shots because it will more easiy create a "pleasing" photo full of warm memories.
Just my extra thoughts on the matter.....
Cheers for now,
Simon

Well, upon your advice I picked up a 30mm from the boards here and it should be arriving early next week. Interestingly enough my fondest memory of Asakusa is the vendor that was selling fresh senbei. Wow that senbei, hot fresh and still a little sticky, was awesome. Hopefully I'll be able to take some decent shots to share here.

Thanks again.


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