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Nobuyoshi Araki Camera Timeline

Nobuyoshi Araki: My Favorite Cameras (1961-1995)

Source: Eureka: Nobuyoshi Araki Special Issue (Vol. 28-2,  1996)

Note: Book titles in italics denote camera used when applicable.

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-1961

 Mamiya Press  (Notes:  borrowed from his father, who used it for commemorative photographs of local schools)

-1962

35mm SLR: Minolta SR-3  (Sacchin)

35mm: Kowa Wide

-1963

35mm Rangefinder: Nikon S2 (Sacchin)

35m Half Frame: Olympus Pen S (Sacchin)

-1964

35mm Rangefinder: Nikon SP w/ 28mm lens  (Last Year’s Photographs)

(Notes: This camera was inherited from his father.  Lost after being left on a chair in a bar. It had disappeared by the time Araki returned for it.)

-1969

MF SLR: Zenza Bronica S2 w/ 50mm lens  (Yoko, My Love)

LF: Linhoff Technica 4x5

-1970

35mm SLR: Topcon RE Super w/ 25mm lens  

-1971

35mm SLR: Nikon F  w/ 20mm lens (Sentimental Journey)

35mm Half Frame: Olympus Pen FV (Sentimental Journey: Okinawa Sequel)

-1972

35mm SLR: Minolta SRT 101  w/28mm, 35mm, 58mm, 85mm lenses

MF SLR: Pentax 67 w/55mm lens  (Notes: This is his all-time workhorse camera, a model which he still currently uses.)

-1973

35mm SLR: Minolta SR-2 w/21mm lens

MF TLR:  Rolleiflex Planar 75mm  (Postwar,  I Tokyo)

-1974

35mm SLR: Canon F-1 w/ 50mm Macro lens  (My Mother’s Death)

Minolta SRT Super (I Tokyo)

-1975

35mm SLR:   Minolta XE

MF Rangefinder: Ikonta Super Six (Ikonta Story)

-1979

35mm SLR: Nikon FE (black) w/ 35mm lens (New York)

35mm Compact: Minolta Himatic SD (Pseudo-Diary)

-1980

35mm Compact: Canon Autoboy

-1981

35mm Rangefinder: Minolta CLE w/ 40mm lens  (Shashin-ron)

Olympus XA

35mm SLR: Canon A-1 w/ 35-70mm zoom lens

Nikon EM

35mm Compact: Minolta Himatic AF

MF Rangefinder: Super Ikonta (Notes: Gift from photographer Jun Miki)

-1982

35mm SLR: Pentax LX w/50mm macro lens (Erotos)

MF SLR: Pentax 645

MF Rangefinder:  Plaubel Makina 6x7, Plaubel Makina W 6x7 (Personal Sentimentalism In Photography, Seoul Story, I-Photographs)

110 subminiature: Pikarri Konica

-1983

35mm Compact: Pentax Autoron AF

-1984

35mm SLR: Olympus OM4 w/ 40mm lens (Shashin-ron)

-1986

35mm Compact: Minolta Himatic AFD (Arachy’s Tokyo Erotic Diary)

-1987

35mm Compact: Pentax Zoom 70 Date

-1989

35mm Compact: Konica Big Mini  (Winter Journey,  The First Year of Heisei)

(Notes: Araki used both the 200 and 300 series versions of this camera. The magazine did not specify which was used for either book.)

-1992

35mm Compact: Nikon Mini II  (A’s Diary)

Konica Hexar (Photo Maniac’s Color Diary)

-1993

35mm Rangefinder: Leica M6 w/ 35mm f2, 50mm f2 lenses  (Tokyo Biyori, Kyoto White Sentiment, Love By Leica, Ku)

(Notes: Camera purchased at Lemon-sha in Ginza.)  

-1994

35mm SLR: Pentax Z1 w/ 28 - 105mm lens  (Tokyo Love (with Nan Goldin)

-1995

35mm Compact: Fujifilm Tiara

Kyocera T Proof (Sentimental May, The Works Of Nobuyoshi Araki - 20)

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The timeline in the magazine in which this list was sourced ended with 1995. The following is a (partial) list of cameras Araki has used since then:

35mm Compact Cameras:

Fujifilm Klasse S

Fujifilm Classica Natura (Kaori Sex Diary, 2008)

Minolta TC-1

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35mm SLRs:   

Pentax MZ-5 (in silver),  Pentax MS-S (in black & silver)

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35mm Rangefinders:

Contax G1 w/21mm lens (Hong Kong Kiss, 1997)

Leica M7 w/ 35mm f1.4 Summilux (chrome) lens & 50mm f2.8 Elmar-M (black) lens  

(Araki Teller Teller Araki 2014, Love By Leica 2006, Tokyo Bondage 2007, Last By Leica, 2016)

(Notes: The black M7 was a gift from Leica. It came with his name engraved on the top plate.)

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Medium Format Rangefinders:

Fujiflm GA645 (Tokyo Travel Diary, 2003,  May, When Even Morphine Has No Effect 2004)

Mamiya 7II (Tokyo Aruki, 2009)

Fujifilm GW690III (69 Erotic Scenes, 2009)

Fujifilm GF670 (Photographs of a Seventy Year Old, 2010)

Fujifilm GF670W (Tombeau Tokyo, 2016)

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Instant Cameras:

Polaroid 680 (Polart)  (Notes: currently using Impossible Project Film )

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The sky in Japanese May. The carp swims. da Shigeo MARUO
Tramite Flickr:
福岡県糟屋郡新宮町 / LEICA M8.2 × ELMAR-M 24mm F3.8 ASPH. / CP C4 12 004 /

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夢の竹林へ by sunnywinds*
Via Flickr:
Travel to a Dreamy Bamboo Forest

(five) Tokyo film shooters: 

Leica SF-20 flash / Rolleiflex /  Metz 20 C-2 flash

Leica M6 with 35mm f2 Summicron asph. lens & Konica Hexar flash / Leica M6 with 35mm f2.8 Summaron lens  / Konishiroku  Pearl III  / Fujifilm Tiara II / Stereo Realist 3D viewer

Leica M2 with Nikon S-mount Nikkor f1.4 Olympic lens / Leica M2 with 35mm f2 Summicron asph. lens / Fujica Super Six MX

Leica MP with 50mm f2.8 Elmar-M lens / TDC Stereo Realist / Canon Dial 35 / Rolleri 35 SE

Olympus Pen Fv / Ricoh GR10 / Ricoh R1s / Ricoh Auto Half / Nikon SB-30 flash

Christopher Williams, Cutaway of a LEICA TRI-ELMAR-M“, 28-35-50 mm f/4 ASPH., Angle of view:, Focal lenght 28 mm: 75°, 65°, 46°, Focal length 35 mm: 63°, 54°, 38°, Focal length 50 mm: 47°, 40°, 27°, Optical design: 8 elements in 6, Aperture: f/4 (largest) f/22 (smallest), Scale: combined meter/feet-increments, Leica M quick-change bayonet, Focusing range: 1m to Infinity, Smallest object field:, Focal length 28 mm: 750 x 1130 mm, Focal length 35 mm: 620 x 930 mm, Focal length 50 mm: 430 x 650 mm, Highest reproduction ratio:, Focal length 28 mm: 1:31, Focal length 35 mm: 1:26, Focal length 50 mm: 1:18, Lens produced between: 1998 and 2007, Date of the cut: unknown, Fotostudio Axel Gnad, Düsseldorf, February 13, 2009, 2009