Japan is probably my favourite place to go shopping; for both tech goods and their seriously slick style in fashion. It’s easy to say I’m in love with the country. In the past, I have made videos and posts about my recent tech purchases which seemed pretty popular, so I’m back with a new one of my best purchases from Japan!
Check out the video below and then read on for a whole list of the products that I’ve found online. Some of these are unique affiliate links which means that by clicking on them, you will be getting the best prices available and supporting the work I do in producing these videos and blog posts, with a small commission for every purchase.
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In case you missed it, check out the Japan photography blog posts and vlogs over on jellyjourneys.com. I honestly feel as though these are two of the best vlogs I’ve ever made — you should really check them out if you haven’t already!
I’ve had an Incase tech backpack for about 8 years or so and still use it today. It’s one of the most functional bags I’ve ever owned and is built with the utmost quality. I recently discovered the EO range, aimed at travellers with a secret weapon of expanding capabilities. Apparently, these bags had been released a couple of years back, so I was left wondering where on earth I had been all this time?! As far as my knowledge goes, they were never really on sale in the UK, so that explains why I’d never seen them before.
Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found them in a department store in Tokyo! I spent about 3 weeks going back to this one store to weigh up my purchase, before I decided that I definitely didn’t want to miss my chance at getting it! It’s literally one of the best bags I’ve ever seen/owned. It’s incredibly functional, extremely well designed and quite literally perfect for my needs!
Did I mention that I absolutely love this bag?
Since having my Sony A7R II, I’ve been using a Metabones adapter to connect it to my Canon lenses. It seemed about right that I look into getting some native glass for this incredible camera, so I put in a huge amount of research into the right lens to pick. I decided upon this 35mm f/2.8 for it’s super sharp optics and small form factor — perfect for travel photography. I love having a native Sony lens and the design and feel of the Zeiss lens is super premium.
I do have a couple of small issues though, the lack of an MF/AF switch on the lens itself means that I have to dedicate a button on the camera to switch between the two modes. It sounds like a small problem, but you wouldn’t believe the stress it’s caused on setting auto-focus modes between photo and video. Maybe I’ll write a post about this to fully explain what I mean…
The other issue is that the grip around the focus barrel is quite subtle, which means a tighter grip is needed when using manual focus. No big deal really, just something to note.
I’ve been a fan of Native Union for about a year now ever since I first bought the belt cable that featured in my first recent purchases video. This night cable is an extra long lightning cable (that also comes in USB formats) with a weight movable ball that can help keep the cable in place. It’s prefect for use on the sofa or bed, where a socket might not be easily reached. As always from Native Union, the quality is fantastic!
I needed a headphone splitter so that Elly and I could work on the vlog edits whilst travelling. I also wanted to make sure it was a good quality that wouldn’t downgrade the audio or fall apart. A quick pop to nearest tech shop and I picked up this 5-way splitter from Belkin. Now, 5 ways is possibly a little bit overkill, but it could prove useful in future scenarios when at least one extra person needs to watch something with headphones.
When travelling, I always try and get a local SIM for my iPhone so that I can continue to stay connected, without paying extortionate roaming fees or always hunting for WiFi hotspots. However, when travelling for a long period of time, that means sacrificing my UK SIM and therefore my UK contact number, which could prove troublesome and annoying when keeping up business contacts and two-factor authentication for my accounts.
So, I looked into getting a portable WiFi device that essentially converts a SIM signal into a personal WiFi hotspot. They’re really popular in Japan, featuring in almost every tech store I visited as well as being available to rent for tourists. I decided to buy one rather than rent one as I know that I’ll be doing plenty more travelling in the future and will most likely be using it a lot!
Lowepro ProTactic Photography Gloves
Weirdly, I can’t actually find any trace of these Lowepro gloves actually existing. They’re not even on Lowepro’s own website, which is odd. I picked mine up in Yodabashi Shinjuku, if you fancy trying to find yourself a pair!
Unfortunately, I can’t find where any of these pouches are online which is rather annoying. I bought them in a store in Harajuko, then returned to buy some more a few days later but they had none left. The inside label say “Browny” if anyone is able to track them down online…
With all of the travelling I’ve been doing, and the thousands and thousands of photos I’ve been taking. It was inevitable that I would need to get some extra storage space for my backups. As I already had some G-Tech drives with me for my primary data storage, I only needed something cheap and cheerful to maintain the backups of the my G-Techs; which is why I got this WD Elements drive.
As a 2tb drive, it’s actually pretty compact and fairly lightweight which does the job very well for my travelling needs.
Hakuba Camera Inner Soft Box
Unfortunately, I can’t find the exact Hakuba box insert online, but I have definitely seen plenty of these soft box inserts around many camera stores in the past.
Similar to the Hakuba soft box insert, this is a fairly standard lens pouch that I’ve seen in many camera stores around. I’ll be using mine for times when my lens needs to go in a bag that isn’t that well protected, such as a carry-on suitcase.
I found these little carabiner type clippy things in various stationery stores and thought they might come in handy for something. Exactly what that is, I’m not sure yet; but they’re seem pretty well made and rated for some serious weight.
The FujiFilm Instax cameras are great for creating instant memories, much like the Polaroid cameras of yesteryear. I love the wide format of the FujiFilm variation and always make sure to get a few packets of film whilst I’m in Japan as they’re literally half the price to anywhere else in the world.
These little lens wipes from Zeiss will be separated out into pretty much all of my bags, for times when I need to give my equipment a quick clean.
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