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How Chinese Photogs Are Camouflaging Their Japanese DSLRs During Protests

Over the past month, there have been violent anti-Japanese protests across China over disputed islands between the two nations. Japanese businesses and manufacturing plants have been besieged, leading companies like Canon and Panasonic to suspend their operations and evacuate their premises.

In the midst of all this chaos, a tricky problem presents itself: how does a Chinese photographer go about documenting the rioting? As you know, Japan is the motherland of most major digital camera companies, while China doesn’t have much of a role in this industry besides manufacturing the cameras at the request of those corporations. The answer: flags and tape.

Chinese tech blog M.I.C. Gadget writes that camera users across the country are attempting to make their Japanese DSLRs more patriotic by slapping Chinese flags onto them:

Anti-Japan demonstrations took place in about 85 Chinese cities over the weekend, and photo journalist and enthusiasts are trying to cover-up their equipment to avoid been attacked or smashed by some crazy patriotic activists.

While there hasn’t been any word of Nikon shutting down operations, the Nikon brand has certainly been targeted. In response to smashed stores and graffitied billboards, some third-party Nikon-branded stores in China are attempting to appease the public by displaying anti-Japanese slogans across their storefronts. This one has a message that reads, “Beat down puny Japanese, kidnap porn star Aoi Sola, return us the Senkaku islands”:

You’d think that if the protesting photographers were serious about this whole anti-Japanese thing, they’d ditch their fancy Japanese DSLRs and buy a Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c or a Leica S2 or something…


Image credits: Photographs by Weibo user 1361273367, Weibo user liujie110, M.I.C. Gadget, and Weibo user wongweixiang


 
  • http://twitter.com/NikolaOvcharski Nikola Ovcharski

    lol…

  • Pete Watson

    And Take Off The Nikon Straps!!

  • Fred Nerks

    I wonder how this incident will affect camera prices and availability. Or need I wonder? Will China attack their own factories where the Japanese cameras are made?

  • My $.02

    Just goes to show the illogical and irrational thought process of a protesting mob. If it keeps going, major companies will do like they always do, look to relocate their operations to a more stable and profitable region.

    Philipines, Malaysia, wherever.
    Just look at the USA, States like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, though it was not protesting that made companies leave, more the bottom line, but soon companies will do the same in China as they did the states if stability and a solid profit margins by means of cheap labor start to deteriorate.

    I give China about 50 years until they start to make the cheap labor market a thing of the past and companies will have less of a selection when it comes to cheap labor.

    My prediction, is Afghanistan or Iraq will soon become the next cheap labor regions, if government corruption and civilian safety can be achieved in a relatively short time.

  • BigTallGates

    Yep, the most immediately recognisable thing on a Nikon dslr … the yellow strap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.webb Andrew Webb

    To clarify: Those are independent retail stores using the Nikon sign to attract customers, not Nikon-owned outlets.

  • Cam

    Fred- never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups, they’d kill their own mothers if you wrapped a Japanese flag around em

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Right, thanks for pointing that out. We’ve edited the text to make this clear

  • jdm8

    Leica S2 as a credible alternative? Because walking into an unruly crowd with a $23,000 camera, not including lens, makes sense? The Kodak SLR mentioned was discontinued seven years ago, and featured a Canon mount, I think they had a similar model with a Nikon mount. Changing camera brands to cover a short term event doesn’t make sense.

    I think the stickers and flags is probably the best way to go.

  • OSAM

    Sarcasm. This guy doesn’t get it.

  • My Two Bits

    Are Afghanistan or Iraq “more stable”? Great post until that final prediction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1079180093 Tommy Sar

    I don’t understand the logic behind kidnapping Sora Aoi in protest of Japan.

    They just want her boobies.

  • Renato Valenzuela

    fortunately for Nikon, their factory is in Thailand.

  • Seagull

    Use Seagull

  • G

    Nikon actually makes many lenses in China.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andres.trujillo.94064 Andres Trujillo

    “… civilian safety can be achieved in a relatively short time” Still great prediction, and quite possible IF relative stability can be achieve there

  • Ricky

    They have been protesting Japanese restaurants in China owned by Chinese. Many Japanese restaurants are hoisting Chinese flags to combat this.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Aren’t those 2 small Japanese islands? Are those being contested as well? (^_^)

  • FML

    Pathetic Chinese. You can’t fool yourself.
    They are still Japan camera, no matter what you try to hide.

  • Guest

    Pathetic Chinese. You can’t fool yourself. They are still Japan camera, no matter what you try to hide.

  • sixpm

    Human’s are still spiritually immature, for earth is the only home we got and it belongs to no one but we are free to use it and to survive on it and not to claim it and try to own it.

    We come with nothing and die without able to take a dim with us, why fight? beats me?

  • Eziz

    The store watches too much porn :))

  • Eziz

    *owner

  • guest

    I’m really not trying to be racist as I am part Chinese myself, but–having lived in China–I gathered that the sentiment of most is, every inch of Asia inherently belongs to China.

    I mean, the country I was born in doesn’t even exist on some Chinese maps, and is steadily being taken over by China–first by raping the natural resources, and by sending in thousands of laborers to mine those raped resources. My somewhat uncommon ethnic group probably won’t exist in another hundred years.

    lolol imagine Americans rioting over Guam.. I wonder how many people would, and how many people don’t know it exists.

  • guest

    let me clear myself–the sentiment of mainland Chinese people, the average blue-collar folk and not the scientists.

  • Ollie

    Actually, they are two fairly big ones…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jp.nepomuceno.9 Jp Nepomuceno

    now they should not also use Japanese cars.

  • http://twitter.com/nmkinbox kwon

    I am also Chinese-Vietnamese… but mostly Vietnamese, and well, China plays dirty real dirty, I suppose it’s from the Art of War, win at ALL costs! China has been doing the same in Vietnam with the Hoang Sa & Truong Sa Islands for natural resources. In the Northern territories they’ve bought cats at an unbelievably inflated and un-refusable price to make cat’s foot (like the lucky rabbits foot of yore). As a consequence, the Northerners are in a scarcity of cats that catch the mice that ruin their crops. Many many stories are in the Vietnamese news in the past few years about the chemicals and even leech eggs or plastics in baby milk formula that are put into food supplies and sold to the Vietnamese.

    I know what the above commenter means, China really really does think they own everything around them. The rest of the world has got to be careful of this giant, China will become a monster insatiable if the world ignores it for too long!

  • …..

    THE BEST CARS ARE MADE IN AMERICA, AND CANADA. THE BEST CAMERAS ARE MADE IN MIDLAND ONTARIO CANADA, LEICA…NOT ASIA. THE BEST GUITARS ARE MADE IN CANADA ( VANCOUVER BY LARAVEE).. AND MARTIN/GIBSON OF AMERICA….. .NOT ASIA. THERE FOR…… BUY AMERICAN/CANADIAN, AND ALSO FROM EUROPE….DON T BUY CHINESE DISC BRAKES FOR YOU ASIAN CAR…IT WILL BREAK AT 80 MPH…..BUY AMERICAN CANADIAN. NOT ASIAN……I HAVE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE FOR OVER 35 YRS ( I USED TO SELL CAMERAS) ASIANS ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE..SEE HOW THEY DRIVE,AND HOW THEY COPY GERMAN AND NORTH AMERICAN PRODUCTS. MY 97 BUICK RIEVERE WILL GO ON FOR ANOTHER 20 YRS….ASIANS PRODUCTS WON T.

  • ……

    FIGHT COMMUNIST……BUY AMERICAN….. OR ..LOST YOUR JOB YET???…THEN KEEP BUYING ASIAN…… FROM A PERSON WHO IS SICK OF ASIAN PRODUCTS FLOODING THE MARKET. DID YOU KNOW THAT CHAIRMAN MAO KILLED MORE PEOPLE IN THE CULTURE WAR,THEN HITLER, AND STALIN TOGETHER, AND HE S CONSIDERED A GREAT MAN IN……. MONKEY LAND . I HOPE TO DIE BEFORE ALL OF THE WORLD IS TAKEN OVER BY ASIANS. ITS SPELLED KOREA, WITH A K…NOT C.AND LETS ALL REMEMBER THAT ALL FREE NATIONS FOUGHT (MANY DIED) IN THE KOREA,AND VIETNAM WAR. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER, DIED IN VIETNAM,TO STOP COMMUNISM,THEN PENTAX OF JAP LAND MAKES FACTORIES THERE TO FLOOD THE WORLD……..SHIT. BUY AMERICAN/CANADIAN…..STOP BEING STUPID,AND GET OFF THE FENCE….YOU WILL ALL SUFFER SOON. I PURCHASED A GIBSON GUITAR….THROUGH OUT THE YAMAHA. MY LEICA M3 (1956) STILL TAKES GREAT F I L M SHOOTS. REMEMBER…THOSE WHO DON T READ HISTORY, ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT.

  • jullsky

    thank god pentax is located in the Philippines hehe.

  • Elton Carolus

    Why cover up? If I am a protester out to destroy I’ll smash any camera anyway.

  • FlameonMe

    Afghanistan? Iraq? Google ”
    Afghan National Army Physical Training” and after viewing, return here and tell me if you think these people are ready to take instruction on intricate tasks.

  • ChinaisDogs

    Oh Dog china

  • ChinaisDogs

    chinese are stupid

  • Sahaja

    The factory making Nikon 1 cameras is in China. They make many lenses and Coolpix cameras there too.

  • Boomshankar

    I completely agree with your views. Being from India, where we are locked in constant bickering with the Chinese over a disputed territory which totally belongs to India. Still the Chinese consider it their God given right to take whatever they feel like