Report: The 10th Shinjuku Classic Camera Bazaar

It’s that time of the year again! This year’s Shinjuku Classic Camera Bazaar was a held at the usual Takashimaya department store in Shinjuku and lasted from 8/15 to 8/21. It was a week of chaos and shopping and I have found a few good deals here. Read my article to see what this is all about and I hope that I can inspire you to come to Tokyo next year to shop in next year’s Shinjuku Classic Camera Bazaar!

shinjukuThis is the poster for this year’s bazaar! If you haven’t seen my report on last year’s event then please read my article for the 9th Shinjuku Classic Camera BazaarPeople come here from all of Japan and beyond to shop in Tokyo’s biggest used photgraphy equipment and accessories bazaar. It has been going on for years now and it looks like it won’t go out of supporters any time soon.

IMG_9237I know this panorama sucks but this should give you an idea of how big the bazaar is. It’s always been this big since the first one I went to a couple of years ago.

Here are the beautiful patrons at the first day of the bazaar. It’s the busiest day and there are people who wait at the door of the department store for 2 hours or more just so that they can get to the booths as fast as possible as soon as the door opens. Most of the shops at the bazaar are from Tokyo but some came from Aichi, Osaka and elsewhere.

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These are great magazines and they’re being sold for $14.50 each. I was contemplating if I should get them all but it turned to be too expensive for me. I’m not piss-poor but there are more things that I should prioritize these days.

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Here are some medium format cameras for you! Check out the Bronicas here. I love them because they’re not expensive and they’re just as good as the more expensive brands. My own Bronica S2a was bought from this bazaar a few years ago.

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These are sub-miniature cameras called “bean-cameras” or 豆カメラ in Japanese. They’re very cute and they function just like any camera. I think they use 8mm film if I’m correct and you can spool them yourself. There are some collectors who specialize in these.

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For the TLR camera lovers, this is something for you! I’m looking for an Aires Automat so I was taking my time looking at these. Some Aires Automats were fitted with Nikkors and they cost more than the usual ones with the Coral or Olympus lenses. I’m only interested at these because of the Nikkors or else I wouldn’t even bother looking for a TLR camera.

IMG_9268Here is a beautiful black Nikon Photomic FTn finder for the Nikon F. I’m not sure if this is working but you can easily salvage some working parts from a working silver one. These are more valuable because they are rarer then the silver ones.

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I bunched-up all of the Nikon-related stuff here in this set. Click on the thumbnails to see the bigger pictures. I was tempted to buy a Nikon F3T here but I just don’t have the extra $400 to spare. Maybe I should just save my money and get a Nikon F3 Limited instead?

IMG_9309A very clean Nikon D200! This is still a capable camera today and it will still give you nice RAW files. The 10MP image size doesn’t sound like much these days but it’s more than big enough for events and other purposes where you need to shoot a large amount of images and process them in post. The smaller file size will make it easy for you to churn out lots of pictures using less time and storage. A Nikon D7000 will be better for the same cost but the Nikon D200 has its advantages when it comes to toughness and a smaller file size.

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Sorry for including the Cosina Contax cameras along with the Zeiss Ikon Contax! You see that lens set being sold along a wooden box? That’s a rare set and these were made in the days of the Soviet occupation of East Germany soon after the war. Not many were made and if I am correct, these were given as gifts to important Soviet officials and other VIPs as a souvenir of some sort from Zeiss.

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Here’s a collection of assorted cameras and other stuff. I’m not interested in anything not related to Nikon or Zeiss Ikon Contax so I didn’t take the time to take pictures of the other stuff. There were many interesting things for sale there there’s something for everybody.

IMG_9313This Zeiss Ikon Contina is being sold for $97.00, I was tempted to buy this but I have a lot of backlog at home and it will take me 6 months at least to finish every one of them and I would prefer a Zeiss Ikon Contessa instead because of the rangefinder. This is just a view finder camera if I am not mistaken so it doesn’t have a coupled rangefinder.

IMG_9250I saw this one being sold for about $97.00 and I think that it is a fatastic deal if the meter is working (I didn’t check). I have a soft spot for Pentax Spotmatic cameras.

IMG_9249More Pentax Spotmatics! These are reliable cameras but they’re no match for the reliable and tough Nikon Nikkormats! I will make an overhaul article one of these days and hope that you guys will enjoy it.

IMG_9302This is the scene every year when the junk section is opened (from weekends). There is a wild rush to the 4 or 5 tables filled with junk equipment as people elbow each other just so that they can get their hands on the valuable junk. I was with my daughter that day so I skipped this entirely. I will not risk her safety just for this.

IMG_9308Here’s a picture of one of the tables. The junks here are over-priced but you can be lucky at times and get your hands on a good deal! Japanese people love to try their luck and it’s the reason why this is such a popular attraction in the bazaar.

IMG_9312A nice find at the junk section. I had to return it since I am not into binoculars.

IMG_9310I got this one for $9.80 at the junk corner. I kept this one because the meter is working. It needs a CLA and the needle compartment will have to be cleaned because it’s dirty so the needle is stuck at times. One way to check if a Nikon EM’s meter works is by firing it with no lens attached, cover it with your hand and see if the speed changes. If it does then the meter still works. If you have a lens with you then it will be better since you can set it to a different aperture and see if the shutter fires at the correct speed. You judge this by the sound of the shutter if the needle is stuck. If the needle is moving then you can see how it moves as you stop the lens down. It shouldn’t be jumpy at all, if that’s the case then it will have to be opened so the contact brushes can be cleaned. Watch out for my article on the Nikon EM and how to do a minor CLA.

That’s it for this article! Did you find anything interesting in the pictures? Please feel free to visit them next year around the same time of the year. You’ll not regret the experience even if you didn’t find anything at the bazaar. I personally make it a habit to to go out of my way just to visit the bazaar. There’s another one coming in 3 weeks’ time but it’s from the Import Camera Sociery, a different group of camera shops here in Japan. Thanks for reading this article and I hope that you come back next week for another repair article, I have a few articles prepared for you in the coming weeks so check them out in the future and help make this blog popular! Ric.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bernardo
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 17:41:58

    It´s a pleasure to read your articles. If you visit Madrid you will have all the beers paid


  2. Richard Gaspari
    Sep 12, 2018 @ 20:16:41

    Wow… this looks like so much fun. Pretty much a dream come true for people who love cameras (like me). Wish I had the means to just fly out to Japan and go to things like this. But hey, at least I get to live vicariously through your pictures, right? 😉


  3. Henry Witpeerd
    Jan 23, 2021 @ 18:27:35

    Thanks for your wonderful articles specialy the repair ones, if you ever visit Maastricht in the Netherlands we will meet and I show you the best Camerashops in the area around within 25 miles. Keep going on. I doing some repairs on Leica and Nikon.


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