Around the middle of the Muromachi era, Sousetsu, the second son of Raiei, owner of the Takayama castle, asked his close friend Murata Juko, superior of temple Shomeidera, to produce a bamboo whisk. This is said to be the start of the Takayama whisks' production.
The Fujinon XF60mm macro lens has a magnification factor of 1:2. There are various other options like the pricey Zeiss 50mm macro, which is a true 1:1 autofocus lens or vintage manual lenses like Minolta 50mm or 100mm using a converter.
I just posted some few sample images here and don´t go into details, since you find a very good article at Lichtklicker.
All images shot with the X-E2, Fujinon 60mm macro lens and Raynox DCR-250 using Velvia filmsimulation.
I am travelling to Hong Kong once a year. This time I only took the Ricoh GR and a Fuji X-100s with me. "Getting close" is what I really like in a crowded city like Hong Kong. By the way, I can barely distinguish images taken with the Ricoh and the one captured with the Fuji. More and more I think, all these discussions on the internet about gear is useless in real life. Free yourself, enjoy shooting and don´t hunt for more lenses and bodies. Make good use of what you already have.
Mitsuboshien-Kanbayashisannyu-Honten is a long-established store first started in the Tensho Era. Along with the long history and tradition that it inherited, the store is known as the master of tea ceremony for the Shogunate. Kanbayashi does not aim to just sell genuine Uji Tea but also to impart the knowledge of taste and history of tea. They also provide tea-ceremony experience to customers.
"I want to study the movements of the upper body," Rolf Baum about his sculptures and statues.
I got the Wide Conversion Lens GW-3 a few weeks ago from Ricoh Japan. The adapter gives the GR-V a 21mm field of view. When mounted, the lens with adapter add another 211g weight to your GR-V camera. The balance is still acceptable but you will feel the total 451g and need to get used to the extra weight.
I was writing about the excellent vintage Minolta 50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG lens already. This time I had the chance to compare the RAW files with the JPG files.
SPACE Tokonabe is one of the finest shops to buy traditional japanese pottery craft in Tokoname. The store used to be an old pottery factory with potter's wheels and machinery.
The Minolta 50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG is an excellent manual focus lens from the 1970s. It is sharp at all apertures and it´s usable @ f/1.4. for low light photography. The narrow depth of field creates creamy bokeh. Images are a little less contrasty but easy to fix in post. Balance of colors are neutral. Manual focusing is fun with the waffle-pattern rubber. This vintage lens is just a joy to use.