From Japan: Cameras in Akihabara

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by Mark V on Nov 08, 2008 at 5:14 AM

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Iris and I went to the electronics district in Tokyo, the famed Akihabara. You ever see a movie where the characters visit a sketchy market of cramped alleys and exotic goods? Well, Akihabara would be the place to stage that scene if the characters were nerds into ham radio and action figures. We found 6 stories of model kits and action figures of animation school girls, five by five stalls selling vintage tube amplifiers and high-tech Xmas lights, and a pornographic DVD store catering to any and all of your dirty needs. You want cellphones that do everything except work anywhere else but Japan? Easy. You want an electronic gizmo for a bike? Yeah, I found it. Not in a store, but rolling through the crowds of shoppers in the street.

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I saw this guy in full kit riding, which did seem to stand out a bit in this neighborhood. However, not as much as the crazy white guy in full anime costume proudly showing his super-geek van. But then I did a double take and had to chase the rider down.

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Mounted to his front axle, he had a small, handheld camcorder. The camcorder seemed to be connected with the combination of a commercially-produced camera mount and maybe a Nitto-type headlight bracket that replaces the nut of a quick release skewer. He has a long leash on the camcorder, maybe for security, maybe for stability. I’ve never seen anything like this in use, but I’m intrigued. I’m thinking it helps that the camcorder is really small and relativlely light weight.

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Please tell me you brought that mount and camera system home instead of a *stupid* mini velo! Now that’s something we could use.

How well does it handle image stabilization?

well, that question was well beyond the capability of my rather dusty and rudimentary Japanese language skills.  i could barely communicate that i wanted to take a picture of his bike and camera.

@ DL
Thank you for making my day.

oh we kid my friend—I’m happy for Mark that he found the bike he’s been wanting and he’ll write [about it soon](http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/3020049430/).

Well, isn’t that cute? But it’s wro-o-o-o-o-ng!!

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