Mod: Autofocus Helios-44 for Nikon

Hello, everybody! I am going to show you a little project of mine. I get bored with fixing and repairing lenses so I do modifications as well when time and budget permits. Here is my latest creation (now in prototype stage) – the Autofocus Helios-44 for Nikon!

Here is the thing in action. It works surprisingly good at this stage so I am going to take this thing for a test tomorrow afternoon!



Repair: RF-Nikkor-P.C 10.5cm f/2.5

Hello, everybody! It is Father’s Day today so I will greet all of the fathers who are reading my blog today a very happy Father’s Day! I was admitted to the hospital today because of my blood pressure but I am OK now but the most important thing is I spent time with my family. I spend so much time at work and maintaining this blog that I often times find I’m neglecting my family. Speaking of fathers, I am going to introduce to you a very special father this time because this father started a long line of excellent descendants!


Today, we are going to talk about the father of this venerable lens family that we started talking about in the previous articles, the RF-Nikkor-P.C 10.5cm f/2.5 lens! This lens made it’s debut in late 1953 and was made to fill-in the gap between 85mm and 135mm. Some people find the focal length odd but it makes a lot of sense if you are carrying a 50mm in your bag because 85mm just isn’t too different from 50mm and 135mm may be too long for many people. The f/2.5 maximum aperture may also be unusual to many people who aren’t familiar with Nikon’s history but the f/2.5 maximum aperture was also used on the W-Nikkor 3.5cm f/2.5 RF lens. Back in the day, Nikon was in a contest with everyone else so even a small lead counts! This was the fastest lens in the 100mm class, imagine that.

IMG_3765This lens looks gorgeous with all those shiny chromed parts. You will sure to get plenty of stares when you shoot with this lens! I know some people who treat cameras as jewelry. I know it sounds weird but who are we to tell them otherwise? More

Report: Nikon 100th Anniversary (Part 2)

Hello, everybody! I went to the Nikon Museum yesterday afternoon and went to the small conference room under it to listen to a talk about the prototypes found at the Nikon’s Ohi Plant before it began being demolished due to the building’s age. The talk was by Nikon’s head of professional camera development from the Nikon F3 to the Nikon Df, a great guy by the name of Mr. Goto Tetsuro. There were around 60 people in the cramped room and we sat there for around 2 hours of Nikon geekery. There were lots of information, trivia and insights that were shared yesterday afternoon that would have been inaccessible to people who are not working at Nikon or the Nikon employees who don’t have anything to do with camera development. It was a good afternoon despite the heat and hunger.

The talk was light-hearted and can be compared to a journal recollection of some sort so there were many small things that were inserted into the program that weren’t originally planned. There were many important information shared about the development of the F-mount, the Nikon F and the Nikon F2 and I will share them one of these days in my blog so come back here everyday to add to my click counts! Do click the ads when I have them here in the future to help me pay for the overhead and server stuff!

IMG_4970Look at all these beauties! If only I can take them home! What you see here is definitely worth hundreds of thousands of dollars! This is the closest thing we can get to traveling back in time to Nikon’s early years in consumer camera production. It is as if I can see, smell and even contact the very people who were involved in these prototype cameras.


Review: Fujifilm Natura 1600 (continued)

Hello, everybody! This is a follow-up post of my Fujifilm Natura 1600 review from a few weeks back. I believe that I have generated some interest in this film just by looking at my blog’s stats so I decide to write this.

The previous part showed how this film looks like in a crowded Tokyo alley lined with all the vivid colours and shades that you will find in a techno-punk scene and in this article I will show you more low-light scenarios where this film will be handy.

Before anything else, I would like you to know that I process my film after I digitize them and part of the process is to colour-correct my pictures. I do not add any contrast to it but the colours aren’t as faithful as the original. Other than that, everything is pretty straight. I do not even add or remove sharpness or meddle with the noise reduction for all of my digitized film. Having mentioned that, please enjoy some more pictures from Fujifilm’s Natura 1600 shot my me here in Tokyo!

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Repair: Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 RF

Hello, my dear readers! I am currently occupied with last Winter’s backlog and I haven’t finished half of what I need to repair at this point. Most of it are my own stuff plus some belonging to my friends whom I do favors for occasionally. I am also occupied with the blog more and more these days as evident by my continuous posting in the past couple of weeks. I get my energy from the simplest of things like looking at pretty girls, visiting the camera bazaar with my baby or simply eating some good comfort food. Speaking about simplicity, I will be showing you today a very simple lens from Nikon that harks back to her formative years. It is a significant lens historically but has been forgotten by many due to it’s modest properties and abundance. Please sit back and enjoy the article.


The lens we are going to talk about this time is the Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 (RF) lens! This lens was conceived during war time (against the Republic of China) and throughout WW2. It was a lens that was partly designed during the designer’s free time at Nikon (known then as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) but went into production when Nikon shifted priority from usual military-related optics to consumer ones after the war for Leica and Canon cameras and eventually on Nikon’s own camera – the Nikon I. This lens represents the transformation of Nikon after the war. From a company manufacturing equipment for battle to one that makes products that bring joy to many people, including me.

img_3489You can think of the Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 as a kit lens of some sort as it is usually sold with Nikon’s rangefinders. I am not sure if this was sold like that straight from the factory but I’m guessing that it was since Nikon’s rangefinders have an internal helicoid for the 5cm class of lenses. Here is mine with my Nikon S2.


Review: Fujifilm Natura 1600

Hello, everybody! How are you tonight? I am going to write something about a film stock I use occasionally here in Japan. This is my first film review here on my blog. I am not an expert in the field but I believe that I know enough about film to give you guys a general idea on how a film looks and behaves. Read along and enjoy!


Tonight, we are going to talk about that elusive film outside of Japan from Fujifilm and it goes by the name Natura 1600! It is a wonderful film for lowlight photography and is the only one I am aware of that isn’t exotic as far as C41 colour films are concerned. It does have it’s quirks and I will tell you what I have experienced with this film so far and after shooting a handful of rolls of this film, I think I now know how this film behaves under the conditions that it was meant to be shot. Again, take my words with a grain of salt!

IMG_4649Fujifilm Natura 1600 is unique and it occupies a niché market where it does not have any real competition. It’s a very good film for it’s price (at least here in Japan). Try it yourself! More

Unboxing: B+W UV-Pro Premium


Today, we are going to do an unboxing video of the B+W UV-Pro Premium fungal spore and bacteria killer. This will supposedly sterilize your lens by using UV light pulses to kill any germs on the surface of your camera’s sensor or lens. Watch the video and see what’s included in the package! Enjoy!


Repair: Nikkor-P 180mm f/2.8 Auto

Hello, everybody! How are you this weekend? I’m currently very happy playing with my Nikon rangefinder cameras. They are very fun to use and while they are not as accurate and as precise as the F-mount SLR cameras, they do win in the fun department where it comes into it’s own with many intangible qualities that makes them worth using despite all the hassle and quirks of the Nikon S-mount camera system. Like what I told my friend yesterday, you must follow your heart because it can detect the intangibles of life, giving you the metric for happiness and satisfaction. Today, we will talk about a lens that has an intangible quality to it that it still survives today as a viable option for exquisite images.


Today, I will introduce to you the venerable Nikkor-P 180mm f/2.8 Auto! This lens is really good that many people still shoot with it specially here in Japan. It is considered to be a hidden gem of some sort these days because people tend to ignore it’s modest specs and the f/2.8 maximum aperture is not as fast as what many people lusted for  these days but I will show you in this blog post why this lens is still relevant today as a professional lens for portraiture and fashion if focus speed is not much of a concern.

IMG_1928Just look at the size of this thing! The lens is so dense that it feels like holding something for the gym than a precision optic! Let’s see if the fancy electronic lenses for mirrorless cameras will survive a direct collision with this lens! It feels like it was built to survive a nuclear war during the Cold War (those were scary times). More

Repair: Nikon SP/S3/S4/F Shutter Speed Calibration

Hello, Everybody! How are you guys today? I’m stuck at home today to take care of baby. It was a very tiring day because my toddler is full of energy! Cameras are like humans in a way in that they come out of the factory working fine but as they age and wear it will begin to show and the performance will deteriorate. I am in my mid-life and I feel like an old man now as the years of abuse is finally taking it’s toll on my health. The good thing with cameras is that you can fix them to a certain extent or change the parts to make it work closer to factory specifications and today, I am going to show you how to perform a simple maintenance routine for your 60 year-old Nikon SP/S3/F cameras!

IMG_4329Look at all the yummy food! This sushi place has an all-girl staff. I would rather prefer to eat one prepared by a pretty young woman than a middle-aged Japanese chef obviously. More

Repair: Helicoids (Video)

Hello, everybody. This video is kind of late and I should have made this years ago. I was a bit busy but I finally found some time to make a video about this topic. Beginners usually face this problem and quit It so I hope that this video will reach somebody in trouble and I hope that I can help him before it is too late.


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