by J. Ramón Palacios
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the land of Nikon ...
very happy family trip to Japan allowed me to continue relearning
and complement the FE2 equipment with a second body, a (not so
good) catadioptric (mirror) 600mm f/8 Sigma lens and MD-12 motor
drives for both bodies.
was a delight to shoot at 3.2 frames per second; although each time
I shot my wife sighted and made calculations from yens to pesos.
FE2 - Nippon Kogaku K. K. - Tokyo, Japan
was irrelevant to tell her not to make currency conversions
if she wanted to have fun; I listened to her muted groans
each time after my shots, until I explained to her that
I had spent less on photography than for a single night
at our suites at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Tokyo (base
Kyoto, Nara and Kamakura,
marveled my family as they had marveled me, several times
before in earlier business trips. Its people, culture
and traditions, their love for children and the elderly,
were a poem to life and occasion to be thankful for ours.
'dynamic duo', my 'children', mockingly in the beginning, were
my smiling companions to every temple and palace I had known;
and with their great mimic abilities, they made private jokes
using the voices of the kabuki theater.
later, courteously, patiently and very attentive, they listened
to my narration of the history of the Shogunate, of battles
such as that of Sekigahara, of the exploits of samurai and
warrior monks, the stories of the always misunderstood ronin
they had a chance to unwind at the flabbergasting discotheques
professional pop singer of great success by then, took the
opportunity to visit the Yamaha Foundation with her mother,
under the recommendation of Chairman Kawakami.
became experts of the metro of Tokyo and its four levels
and, of course, also experts on shopping at Ginza.
Ramon, formidable table tennis competitive player, bought as many
special racket rubber surfaces as he found and we both purchased
special attire and boots for motorcycling. Japan had been number
one in the world in such matters for some time.
to my heavy duty Tamrac gadget bag (almost trunk by now), this
trip deserved the addition of an additional and bigger one, for
the format in which I had learned to relish photography: the 6X6
(2 ¼ X 2 ¼).
two Hassellblad bodies, one 500 Classic and one 500 CM, there
was opportunity to remember and honor Herr Carl Zeiss, through
four of his astounding CF lenses: 50mm f/4 Distagon, 80mm
f/2.8 Plannar, 150mm f/4 Sonnar and a 250mm f/5.6 Sonnar.