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  • The Cameras Featured in the Tamayura Series

    You might have seen many cameras in the Tamayura anime series, but do you know that they exist in real life?


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    Just like how the okonomiyaki shop, the watch shop as well as the various places of Okinawa, Kanagawa, Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima featured in the show exist in real life.

    We won’t talk about the real life places featured in this series, a quick google search would be enough to satisfy your curiosity about those. In this post, we will talk about the cameras featured in the series. Maybe you’d want to get an identical one after reading this post.

    There are many types of cameras (Rangefinder, DSLR, SLR, TLR, Viewfinder, Compact, Point & Shoot) featured, but to make it simpler for everyone, it’ll be categorised simply into two categories, Film and Digital.

    Digital Cameras

    Canon S95

    Manufacturer: Canon
    Model: Powershot S95
    Type: Digital Compact
    Lens: 6.0–22.5 mm f/2.0–f/4.9
    Seen in: Tamayura hitotose episode 3. Used by Komachi.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 10 megapixel CCD sensor digital compact from 2010. Succeeded by the S100.

    Canon Powershot D10

    Manufacturer: Canon
    Model: Powershot D10
    Type: Digital Compact
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura OVA episode 3. Used by Sayomi.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 12.1 megapixel digital compact from 2008, designed for underwater and heavy-duty use. Succeeded by the D20, D30.

    Pentax Q

    Manufacturer: Pentax
    Model: Q
    Type: Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura more aggressive episode 2 and other episodes. Used by Kanae.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 12.4 megapixels CMOS crop sensor MILC from 2011.

    Fujifilm X100

    Manufacturer: Fujifilm
    Model: X100
    Type: Digital Compact
    Lens: Fujinon 23mm f/2 Fixed prime lens.
    Seen in: Tamayura Movie. Used by Takumi.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 12.3 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor digital compact from 2011. Succeeded by the X100S and then the X100T.

    Ricoh R10

    Manufacturer: Ricoh
    Model: R10
    Type: Digital Compact
    Lens: 4.95mm-35.4mm f/3.3-f/5.2
    Seen in: Tamayura more aggressive episode 5. Used by Kanae.
    Find out more: Ricoh R10
    A 10 megapixel CCD sensor digital compact from 2008.

    Nikon D80

    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Model: D80
    Type: DSLR
    Lens: Possibly AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-f/5.6 Kit lens
    Seen in: Tamayura Hitotose Episode 9
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 10.2 megapixels CCD sensor DSLR from 2006. Succeeded by the D90, followed by D7000, D7100 and now the D7200.

    D700

    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Model: D700
    Type: DSLR
    Lens: Looks like a Tamron lens in some scenes
    Seen in: Tamayura more aggressive episode 4 and other episodes. Used by Riho Shihomi.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 12.1 megapixels CMOS full frame sensor DSLR from 2008. Succeeded by the D800(e), followed by D810.

    That’s all for the digital cameras, now for some fun with film.

    Film Cameras

    Rising Sun

    From left to right:

    Manufacturer: Canon
    Model: F-1
    Type: Film Single Lens Reflex
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura OVA episode 1. At the camera shop.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film SLR from 1971.

    Manufacturer: Rollei
    Model: Rolleiflex (not sure of the exact model number)
    Type: Film Twin Lens Reflex
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura OVA episode 1. At the camera shop.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A medium format film TLR, depending on the exact model from late 1920s to 1990s. This is very expensive.

    Manufacturer: Leica
    Model: M6
    Type: 35mm film Rangefinder
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura OVA episode 1. At the camera shop.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film rangefinder camera, from late 1984 to 1998. This is good stuff.

    Nikon F

    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Model: F
    Type: Film Single Lens Reflex
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura hitotose. Komachi uses it.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film SLR from 1959. The Nikon F has interchangeable prisms, the one featured in the anime has the eyelevel prism. If you want to start out with a film SLR, get this or the Nikon F2 or FM2. They’re fully mechanical cameras, fully functional without batteries! (Batteries are for the built in light meter.)

    Ricoh XR1

    Manufacturer: Ricoh
    Model: XR series, possibly the XR-1
    Type: Film Single Lens Reflex
    Lens: –
    Seen in: Tamayura more aggressive episode 2. Natsume uses it.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film SLR from 1977.

    Ricoh 35Zf

    Manufacturer: Ricoh
    Model: 35ZF
    Type: Viewfinder
    Lens: Rikenon f 2.8 / 40mm
    Seen in: Tamayura more aggressive episode 2. Natsume uses it.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film Viewfinder camera from 1966 made in Taiwan.

    Rollei 35S

    Manufacturer: Rollei
    Model: 35S
    Type: Viewfinder
    Lens: Zeiss-licensed Sonnar f 2.8 / 40mm
    Seen in: Potte uses it.
    Find out more: Wiki
    A 35mm film Viewfinder camera from 1971 made in Singapore.
    I want one: This can be had for upwards of SGD$250 second hand.

    That’s it for the identifiable cameras in Tamayura, quite a lot isn’t it?
    The depiction of the cameras in the anime is also highly detailed, quite impressive. From the screens/rears of the cameras to the details in the viewfinder of the D700 and of course the exterior of the cameras. Much accuracy.

    X100 Rear
    R10 Rear

    So how many of the cameras do you own? Or plan to own?

    By the way, there was a scene of Potte loading a roll of film into her 35S, the film looks extremely similar to the currently in production Fujifilm Pro 400H. Except the one in the anime has some colours swapped and letters changed.

    If you haven’t watch this series, now is the time.


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