Repair: Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8

Hello, everybody! I am craving for some smooth and creamy French blue cheese, the one that smells of feet with the blue molds. It’s one of my comfort foods and I love to spread it on top of some saltine crackers for breakfast. I know that this isn’t good for people who suffer from gout but you have to eat the things that make you happy some times. We only live once and we should live our life to the fullest! Of course, we should never abuse our health so we should take care not to over-do anything. Since we’re on the topic of smooth and creamy things, I’ll show you something smooth and creamy that isn’t as expensive as the stinky French cheese that I crave. Read the whole article to find out more.


There are few Nikkors that can match The Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto when it comes to creating smooth bokeh for very little money. These lenses can be had for as little as $10 to an average of $80 these days depending on the condition. Near-mint samples with those valuable factory Ai-rings can fetch above $120 but seldom any more than $150. This lens is not as popular these days because it’s a manual focus lens and the modest f/2.8 speed is turning-off many people who crave for faster glass. For people who know their stuff, this is a lens that’s going to be a keeper. Professionals even use these today and I know a few of them (2 actually) who use these as their portrait lens for work.

IMG_1213The Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto debuted in in 1964 and was made until 1975. It was then replaced by a similar lens with the same optics but with an updated design. The 135/2.8 lens family has about 6 major variants in its long production run. The lens family existed up until the DSLR era with the Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 Ai-S being the last version. This shows how this lens line sold very well through the years and across generations. It’s a classic in the sense that it’s never going to be useless even in the decades to come. More

Repair: Helicoids

Helicoids are essential for focusing a manual lens. While it is a joy to focus with one, it is a big pain to repair for beginners and it can really be a show-stopper if you do not know how and where these things should mate when reassembling a lens.


Helicoids are a thing of the past for the AF (autofocus) generation but for connoisseurs like us who enjoy and appreciate older (or current) manual focus lenses, the helicoid is the soul of the lens when it comes to focusing because this is the one thing that affects us the most as we turn the focus ring left and right.The helicoids are also the source of frustration and the root cause for their lens’ problems for many. Lenses that were poorly kept and maintained will exhibit some form of focusing problem ranging from a seized helicoid to dry focusing sensation.