Repair: Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S

How are you, readers? I have not updated my blog for weeks and I can see that people are checking my site on the weekends looking for updates. The past few weeks were terrible. I got sick and the rest of the family got ill as well including our precious baby. I am so busy at work and having an idiot as a team mate doesn’t make things easier so I am left with no time to update this blog and stress levels are very high. Don’t worry, I will make it up to you because we are going to teardown a very special lens this time.


We are going to feature a legend in this blog post. A lens so steeped in hearsay and fantasy that it’s reputation preceded it. The fact that this lens is rare and out of production is also contributing to the hype. And as a Nikon tinkerbug, this lens ranks very high on my list. It is like hunting down and killing Moby Dick and this lens is no other than the now-legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S!

img_1658This lens when coupled with a camera that has a Nikon D4 sensor will enable you to shoot in really dim situations like a candle-lit room with ease. The Noct is designed to be used in the dark or night photography. One of it’s selling points is how it corrects points of light found on the corners of the frame. Usually, large aperture lenses will distort these points of light when shot wide-open but the Noct is corrected to help keep the shape of the lights and prevent these from smearing. It’s not perfect, but it is much better than many lenses for this.


Mod: Nikon Df Split Prism

Hello, friends! This week was just a pain for me – literally! I had a new gout attack and my left foot was super painful! I haven’t gotten anything like this for 2 or so years now and as my doctor told me, it might be an indication that my uric acid level is going down. My foot is feeling much better now and I should be OK by Monday. The pain associated with gout is just as painful as manually focusing a fast prime on modern DSLRs like the Nikon Df and I will show you how I made my experience a lot better in this blog post, making me hate this camera a little less.


Today, I am going to show you how I replaced the original matte screen that came with my Nikon Df with the FM3A’s K3 screen for better focus confirmation with faster manual focus lenses (f/2 and faster)!

img_1698This is all we need for this project. Be sure to work in a clean place! More

Repair: PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5

Wow, it’s now September and it’s still HOT in Tokyo! Autumn is just around the corner and next month should be a lot cooler. I cannot wait to take pictures of the Autumn scenery in Tokyo because this is the most photogenic time of the year in my opinion. The boring concrete buildings will be accented with the vivid colours of Autumn and what better lens to take pictures that juxtaposition than this lens that I will be showing you on this post!


Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you the PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5 lens! This lens is both unusual and historically important. I say unusual because this lens is a specialist lens that was specifically designed for architectural photography. This amazing Nikkor was also ground-breaking back in the days because it is the first lens for the 35mm format that can give you any control over the perspective of your image by modifying the vanishing point of your frame and hence – “PC” (Perspective Control) and not the destructive concept that is destroying our societies because it was taken too far and used out of context! Fuck PC!

IMG_0206Oh, such a lovely lens. This thing is heavy so do not let it’s small size fool you! It is a gem of a lens that was made with precision in mind. The lens is dirty in this picture but you are going to see it cleaned before your very eyes! More

Repair: Nikon FE Camera Back Lock

Hello, everybody. It’s a rainy day today here in Tokyo, it’s actually very bad timing since it is the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival today! I was hoping for good weather last night but it seems that nature listens to nobody. Oh,well…maybe it’s going to be sunny next time.


Today, we are going to talk about how I fixed the locking mechanism of my Nikon FE’s film door. My Nikon FE is supposed to be sold but I accidentally soiled the camera so it’s going to stay with me for now. I also fixed some other things on this camera and I will show you what I did next time. This is going to be a series like the one I did for my Nikon F.

IMG_1435.JPGHere is the Nikon FE along with the Nikon F. Notice how small it is but I assure you that this camera is very capable. In fact, I would say that it has most of what the legendary Nikon F3 has when it comes to features.

Repair: Nikkor-Q 135mm f/3.5

Hello, everybody! How are you guys this week? As usual, I am very busy with work, family and maintaining this blog. I find it difficult to balance the 3 and I got even less time now because I need to devote more time to my growing daughter’s development so I hope that you will understand if I am having a hard time publishing my posts on time.


Today, we are going to talk about a cheap and fantastic lens that is always considered by many as the underdog of the Nikkors – it’s the magnificent Nikkor-Q Auto 135mm f/3.5 lens!

IMG_0456The lens is overshadowed by it’s faster f/2.8 sibling, the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto lens for obvious reasons but I will tell you now that this lens is even sharper than it’s f/2.8 sibling wide-open. That is saying a lot because the NIkkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto is one helluva lens in terms of bokeh and sharpness wide-open! You get that kind of performance together with a compact housing and a reasonable price and the result is going to be a classic! More

Mods: DIY Focusing Screen for DX Cameras

Hello, everybody! We are supposed to have the usual lens teardown today but I am too lazy and tired today to prepare the pictures and commentaries so I will just write a short entry this time around. I am also very busy in our studio because my cute assistant is currently working off-site for a couple of months. She should be back by the end of this month.


When I still had the D7200, I was always straining my eyes at the tiny DX viewfinder every time I used a manual focus lens with it. I focus using the focusing scale so I generally get a nice and focused picture when I am using the lens stopped-down. Shooting the lens at it’s biggest aperture is another story and I had to find a better solution for this.

12241211_10153244985416911_7368475265942359102_n.jpgThe first solution that I thought about was using focusing screens! You can buy one for any camera or ask a shop to trim one for you but I am cheap so I simply opted to DIY the screen myself to save some money. I ended up saving enough money that if ever I failed at this, I would have enough money to attempt 3 more times! More

Repair: Nikon F Eye-Level Finder

Hello, my dear readers. I just unloaded plenty of digital gear yesterday morning. Shooting film and using analog equipment has been so much fun for me that I have relegated all of my digital equipment for low-light and indoor shooting exclusively or for really important events where there is no room for mistakes (paid stuff). Chances are if you are reading and following my blog then you are already at the same point in your photography adventure as me. Do not believe it when they say that shooting film is cheaper then shooting digital, we will talk about it in a future post because there is just so much cow dung being posted on the internet by film snobs.

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Repair: Nikkor 200mm f/4 K/Ai

Hello, everybody! Lately, there has been a shortage of cheap lenses in the junk markers in Tokyo so I haven’t added anything new into my lens collection for a couple of weeks now. There are many factors that contribute to this and one of them is the swarm of mainland PRC tourists flocking here to Tokyo. It was very different several years back but what can I do – it’s an open market and it is everybody’s right to shop. Luckily, I can still find a few good deals like the lens that we are going to talk about in this blog post.


We are going to discuss a very important lens in Nikon’s lens lineup during the 1970s and that lens is the Nikkor 200mm f/4 K/Ai lens! The K (New-Nikkor) and Ai version of this lens is near identical so you can use this guide for both lenses.  I have overhauled both versions and I cannot find anything different between the 2 versions.

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Repair: Nikon F Photomic Ftn (Foam)

Hello, everybody! Summers here in Japan can get really hot or rainy. All the heat and water will result in high humidity and we all know what that means. If you got the misfortune of having one or more of your lenses infected with fungi then head this fungus removal post to remedy the problem.


This is a part of our Nikon F series. Last time, we talked about how we can fix and clean the film counter display of Nikon F and now we are going to talk about how we are going to fix and clean the very popular Ftn finder!

IMG_1075The Ftn finder can be distinguished from earlier models by the lever on it’s right side. This lever is used to open the 2 clasps that help secure it to the front plate of the camera’s face. There are 2 other earlier finders with a light meter attached and this Ftn finder is the last and most advanced iteration, making this the most popular metered head for the F so far. More

Repair: Nikkor 135mm f/2.8K/Ai

Hello, dear readers! How are you this weekend? The weather here in Tokyo is beginning to be unbearably hot as mid summer approaches, there are afternoons where the mercury would even reach 38! Please stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water because I do care for your well-being. I do not wish to read about a photographer who collapsed because of heat stroke, that would definitely spoil my mood. Do take care.


Today, we are going to talk about the Nikkor 135mm f/2.8K lens! For those of you who have been following my blog for some time you may have remembered that I made a tear-down guide of the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 lens earlier this year – this lens is it’s successor!

IMG_0324This lens looks great on modern DSLRs like this D750. It’s image quality can still keep up with the best of Nikon’s (or Sony’s) sensor technology!

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