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Review: Japan Camera Hunter Film Case

by G Servo on 12/28/2012

We, here at the Phoblographer love film photography. Many of us can be found with SLRs or Rangefinders in our bags along with our digital cameras. This is one of the reasons a few of us know and like Japan Camera Hunter. A great deal of people think Japan Camera Hunter is just about used cameras, but it is about so much more. Bellamy Hunt, AKA Japan Camera Hunter, actually sources, through his connections, cameras and other photographic equipment from Japan to customers around the world. He is also one of the biggest advocates of buying film, not megapixels. When I learned about the Japan Camera Hunter Film cases, my first thought was, “That is brilliant”.

 

Ergonomics

The case holds about ten rolls of film, which is a better alternative than having ten loose rolls all over your bag. It’s simple and very handy on long photo walks.

The case fits nicely into camera bags. On those longs days when you want to carry twenty rolls of film or keep the exposed and unexposed film separated the Japan Camera Hunter Film case will not get in the way.The case is made from a durable, high impact plastic. The film fits in snugly. The case fits well in one hand making it easy to maneuver, in and out of your bag when needed. It’s small enough to fit in a coat pocket should you need to put it there temporarily.

The case is white to block light from hitting exposed film. If the case is left out, the white will also reflect the light stopping the case from getting too hot. The white color also makes the case easy to customize if you are the artistic type. I like the fact the stamps ‘Japan Camera Hunter’ and ‘Made In Japan’ on the case are discreet.

Gear Used

I put two Japan Camera Hunter Film cases in my Event Messenger 150 with just my Nikon EM, 50mm f1.8 E along with a Nikon 105 f2.5 Ais and still had some room left over. I also had the Japan Camera Hunter Film cases in my Tamrac Evolution 8 along with my Nikon D700 a few lenses. They fit nicely in that bag also.

Suggestions

If you are only carrying one Japan Camera Hunter Film case, I would carry a pen to mark the roll of film that’s exposed. This will save you from mistakenly using a roll twice. Another option is keeping an empty case just for exposed film.

Conclusions

Not only is the Japan Camera Hunter Film case useful, it’s a great way to support film photography as well. It’s like you’re prepared for the long haul when you have one or two of these cases loaded with film. If you shoot 35mm film, I HIGHLY recommend the Japan Camera Hunter Film cases:

  • The regular film cases are available in the Japan Camera Hunter shop. You can get there by clicking here.
  • The Bikkuri cases are also going to be available. You can get them by clicking here.

This  is what Japan Camera Hunter says about the Bikkuri case. “Bikkuri means surprise in Japanese, and each one of these cases is a surprise, you don’t quite know what you are going to get. These are the new JapanCameraHunter cases, except for one difference, these ones come full to the brim with 10 rolls of film! But as these are the Bikkuri cases, you are going to be in for a surprise, as you will not know what is inside until you open the case. But don’t worry, you are not going to open the case to find a bunch of cheap, expired film. These cases will have a selection of interesting, unusual, regular and fun films inside them. Some of the films that you might find in your case are going to be unique or soon to be discontinued films, which makes them all the more special.”

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