Wednesday, April 01, 2009

D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Ebisu

The 2009 D1 pro drift series has begun again. As I can hardly ever get weekends off because of shooting weddings I was only able to go see the practice day on the friday before the main event. But its still a great chance to get out and see the boys ripping it up without having to fight through all the crowds of the sat/sunday.

Plenty of the cars have had color changes and new graphics for most. One of the more surprising sponsors was Norton (yes the antivirus) now across the side of NomuKen's r34 GTR.

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Nomura Ken  Wins! round 1 @ Ebisu
Winner of D1 round 1 at Ebisu. Nomura Ken! Omedetou! 
Good on ya mate!

JZX100 Chaser from WELD
Perhaps the best looking car there. 
The JZX100 Chaser from WELD

Kumakubosan in his Evo X
Old mate Kumakubosan in his new Mitsubishi Evo X

Drift Zamurai smokin it
Drift Zamurai now sporting a blue RX-7 FC 
looked to be going strong even though he missed out on qualifying for the weekend rounds. 

The weather started out perfect in the morning but by the afternoon turned to dog poop when snow started bucketing down eventually reducing visibility to about 20m so we left. But for more news on all things D1 and drifting from Japan come check out Stu's Drift in Japan site here

Tokyo Photo Imaging Expo 2009

Tokyo Photo Imaging Expo 2009

Attended my first photo expo in Tokyo last week.  Apart from the fun of seeing all the crazy new stuff on display it was good to have a little mini holiday away from Fukushima for a change. P.I.E as its known was held at the Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba not too far from Disney Land. The place is just massive and quickly got lost amongst huge lenses, many many photographers and lots of cute promotion girls. 

One of the major stand outs for me at the show was Sigma's worlds fastest super tele zoom. The 200-500mm f2.8. 

Just have a look at this monster!
The Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 MONSTER!

Minox where there with their crazy cool miniature digital cams. Almost perfect mini copies of famous cameras that can actually shoot.
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Minox mini Rolleiflex- The LCD screen is viewed from looking down into the top just like the original camera. Before you can shoot the next frame you need to turn the little crank around just like the film advance lever. How cool is that!

Canon had lots of sweet big white L lenses for me to play with and drool over. 
Me playing with a dream lens

And of course no show in Japan would be complete without promotion girls! 

Tokyo P.I.E girls

Tokyo P.I.E girls

For more shots from Tokyo P.I.E 09 please have a gander at my Smugmug gallery here.