Repair: Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai

Hello, everybody! It is crazy hot in Tokyo due to a heat wave and there are already many people who died from the heat (mainly the elderly). The heat made me want to eat colder food like sushi and hiyashi chuka aka “cold noodles”. While sushi is considered to be the food for the masses here in Japan due to the prevalence of cheap shops that offer them to people who have less buying power the sushi they make tends to be on the terrible side. I used to loath the state of these cheap sushi until I discovered that some shops do prepare great sushi for just a little more compared to their cheap rivals. The difference in price is too minimal to consider and this is where the notion of “false economy” comes into play, you think you are getting great value but you are actually paying more money for a poor product in the end. Today, I will show you another example of this so please read what I am about to show you in this article in order to stretch your money the smart way.


We’re going to talk about the Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai today! Many people just skip this lens when they’re looking for a 35mm lens because it seems boring but I will tell you that this lens has a great price-performance value and I will show you why in this article. You can have one of these for not much more than what you will pay for what many consider to be the best cheap manual Nikon 35mm, the Nikon 35mm f/2.5 Series E. This was made for a very utilitarian task so its specs are very practical for its time. It had to satisfy a specific price-point yet still perform decently to live-up to the Nikkor name.

IMG_0587.JPGThe Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai lens is one of my favourite lenses for street photography as it is light, sharp and small. It also handles really well from small DSLR’s to my big Nikon D4. As you can see from the photo above, it looks perfect with my Nikon F3HP. It feels dense despite being small and it was built to professional standards so you can be sure that it’s going to survive a rough journey.



Repair: Micro-Nikkor 5.5cm f/3.5 (1/2)

Hello, everybody! I like shooting with film. It’s inconvenient, unpredictable, expensive and unforgiving but it gives you memorable pictures that you’re not going to get with digital. It requires more skill to use compared to digital and it requires even more skill to use it properly. Many people ask me why I prefer to shoot film and I always find it hard to justify it, my only answer is usually short – “I love a challenge”. Sure, I can get instant review with digital but it doesn’t feel as satisfying and so the pictures that I made don’t have the same impact as my pictures that were taken with film which is memorable. The inconvenience of taking it makes it more precious and you’ll remember how you took that shot and why. Sometimes, a little bit of inconvenience is a good thing. Today, I will talk about an inconvenient lens to use. It is difficult to use properly but you are rewarded with nice pictures if you managed to nail a shot.


Today, we are going to discuss a very unusual, rare and historical lens. This is something that you do not see everyday and as a consequence there isn’t a lot of info on the net about this lens. Many people don’t even know that it exists. The Micro-Nikkor 5.5cm f/3.5 started the popular 55mm line of macro lenses. This lens line was so popular and practical that other manufacturers had to copy this idea and incorporate it into their own products and this all started with this lens.


This is a compact little lens by today’s standards but this was considered to be on the fat side when it debuted. The barrel had to be wide because it can extend to about 2x its length when fully extended. If you want to read more about this lens you can go to Matthew Lin’s great writeup here.


Repair: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S

Hello, everybody! I am currently busy studying Unreal Engine this holiday and weekend so I do not have a lot of time to write a lengthy post. My baby is also getting bigger and bigger and she now requires more attention as she is now capable of walking fast! Anyways, a couple of people have talked to me regarding today’s problem and this is how I solved mine.


Today’s topic is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S. It’s Nikon’s fastest 50mm and it’s still being produced in 2019. It debuted in 1981 as an Ai-S update of Nikon’s first 50/1.2, the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai and it stayed in production since then. I sometimes wonder if there is an actual demand for this but I remember a few acquaintances who actually bought these in the past 10 years or so. It’s the only thing Nikon has in the ultra-fast normal lens class so I guess that it is one of the reasons why this lens is still being made and sold.

It’s perfect with the Nikon F4, it’s best-paired with a bigger camera since it is heavy. Handling is perfect and I wouldn’t ask for anything more. The bright, big glass is all that you’ll see when looking from the front. It’s a professional tool and it means business.