Japan Trip: Photo Gear Shopping Heaven

Until visiting Japan I’ve only dreamt of a camera store that sold almost everything one could find on an online site. Yodobashi Camera at Umeda Station in Osaka exceeded my dreams. The photo section occupies most of 1 floor. There are 5 more devoted to consumer electronics, 2 to clothes and 1 for restaurants.

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Need a tripod? I couldn’t fit all of them in one shot.

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Image stabilization in cameras now means tripods are used mostly for specialized photography. As such, many buy the tripod and head separately. This is 2/3rds of the tripod head display case.

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Many serious photographers would love to shoot with a Leica. The total price for these six lenses is $24,000. Might explain why most such photogs never own a Leica.

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The store also caters to studio photographers. They’ve got your lighting, reflectors, stands, seamless background needs covered, and more.

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