Tools: Lens Repair Starter Pack

Hello, everybody! It is starting to become really hot and humid here in Tokyo. I really miss the cool autumn breeze. The seasons go by so fast and my baby is now a toddler. I spend a lot of time at work as well as overhauling lenses that I sometimes feel that I should have spent more time with her instead. That is how serious I am with this thing and I hope that you share the passion with me,too.

I have also started a Facebook page so that people can get updates on this blog or whatever I am overhauling or fixing at the moment. The page can also be used as an interface to ask me or whoever is experienced on fixing lenses about your problems and see if it is actually worth fixing it yourself or have a real pro do it instead. Again, this is the Facebook page.

IMG_0748.JPGIMPORTANT: I do not offer this package anymore because shipping can be difficult due to restrictions, etc. There are people who seek glory in other people’s suffering and these people made it difficult for honest people like me to ship combustible materials like oils and grease. I do not earn a lot from this to justify all the paperwork and effort.

The picture above shows a box full of goodies. It has most of the important tools that one who wish to start into this hobby/side business needs in order to fix their lens properly. I bought these tools as a request from a reader/friend of mine who wish to start repairing his own lenses. I handpicked the essential tools that are harder to find in your regular hardware store and tailored it to a limited budget cap.

I am now contemplating on offering this service to my readers if I get adequate response to this. It would really help me if you can tell me if you are interested to have me buy and get these for you, saving you the time and effort of asking and searching for these online.

While these tools are available on the internet through third-party or direct sellers, buying them through me has the advantage of having somebody who actually use and know these tools endorse them as I can assure you that they are of adequate quality. Do not buy cheap Chinese knockoffs unless somebody you know has used already them or else you are just asking for a lot of trouble because the quality and specs cannot be trusted.

I do not mean to earn a lot of money from this. If I can get a bit of money back to help with the upkeep of this blog then I would be happy. Anything extra will be used to improve this blog in the future. Anyway, please tell me what you think on the comment box below and as always, enjoy your old Nikkors! Love, Ric.

Help Support this Blog:

Maintaining this blog requires money to operate. If you think that this site has helped you or you want to show your support by helping with the upkeep of this site, you can simple make a small donation to my account ( Money is not my prime motivation for this blog and I believe that I have enough to run this but you can help me make this site (and the companion facebook page) grow.

Helping support this site will ensure that this will be kept going as long as I have the time and energy for this. I would appreciate it if you just leave out your name or details like your country and other information so that the donations will totally be anonymous it is at all possible. This is a labor of love and I intend to keep it that way for as long as I can. Ric.

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angel
    Jun 18, 2016 @ 22:13:56

    Very good idea Ric. I dont like Facebook so im following your blog as RSS. Could you please send me more detailed information and prices.


  2. Chchan
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 21:52:56

    Hi Rick,
    Good idea as it helps a lot of buying unhelpful tools not only waste money but damage the repair parts. Will you post some photos of the individual tools which will help us better to order thw individuals instead of the whole lot.


  3. themanwiththeredbag
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 20:42:16

    Sounds like a brilliant idea! Would you be able to ship to the UK? If so, what would the cost be?


    • richardhaw
      Aug 14, 2016 @ 01:55:36

      Hi, The man with the red bag!

      I am targeting this to be 20,000JPY or around 200USD + shipping. I can ship to the UK but I custom charges will apply, I think.


  4. Greg Gilmour
    Dec 25, 2016 @ 06:13:46

    Hi Ric, That looks like a great kit and I really appreciate the time and effort you spent doing this. Your knowledge and experience with these tools no doubt saved me a lot of time researching and waiting for mail to arrive. You deserve a substantial markup for your effort. Count me in and let me know the cost including shipping to Canada and I will make payment via PayPal. (Unless you want to send me a Christmas present 🙂 lol. Greg.


  5. Trackback: Articles Index | Richard Haw's Classic Nikkor Maintenance Site
  6. Mattias
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 14:08:58

    Hi, if this is still available I’d like instructions on how to proceed to


  7. Chris Bartelt
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 12:54:12

    Hi Ric, looks absolutely brilliant. I need to service a few of my old Nikkors and this looks exactly what’s needed. Do you send these to the UK? Unfortunately I’m not on facebook – so how do I order?


  8. Michal
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 20:47:37

    Hi Ric,
    Damn, I have aldready wrote you a message on FB before I found this site 🙂 Please, let me now if you have time for one more package 🙂


  9. jarleivladstein
    Aug 30, 2018 @ 23:49:40

    Tools: Lens Repair Starter Pack:
    Hi Rick!
    I would love to get one of your starter packs?. Hope you still offer them.
    If you do, where do I send an order?

    Best Regards
    Jarleiv Ladstein.


    • richardhaw
      Sep 03, 2018 @ 00:14:32

      Hello. Sorry for the late reply. I don’t do this anymore because Japan Post has gotten so strict because of anti-terrorism regulations. Grease and oils are flammable. I sometimes include junk cameras and it’s hard to explain what these are for. This is the world we live in now after 911. Sorry, Ric.


  10. Norman
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 16:09:53

    A thought, one thing you might consider is selling the special grease(s). They are certainly not readily available in a lot of places l suspect. There are cheap polythene syringes with curved spouts ( or even small resealable polybags) on eBay that l use and could easily be prefilled with something like a cooks piping bag.


  11. Norman
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 16:30:30

    Sorry just seen you cant do the grease


  12. Edward Patrick Giovannini
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 11:33:23

    Hello there,

    I would be interested in buying the tools through your site Richard!
    I’m preparing to repair a 55mm 1:2.8 Micro-Nikkor; oily blades etc..

    EP Giovannini


    • richardhaw
      Feb 08, 2019 @ 03:52:51

      Thanks, Edward!
      Unfortunately due to stricter anti-terrorist measures it has become annoying for me to post stuff overseas so I do not offer this anymore. The world has changed drastically after 911 and the years that followed. Ric


  13. Achilleas Giannopoulos
    Feb 22, 2019 @ 13:51:44

    I would be interested too but i just read that you don’t offer this anymore. Could you though provide us the list with all the essentials in order to buy them? It would be very helpful. Thank you in advance.
    PS.: Really great work with the site. Congrats.


  14. David
    Oct 11, 2020 @ 01:48:26

    I just discovered your blog. Great job, thank you very much for sharing. I join the previous question … could you give me a list of essential tools to get started … I’ve been taking photos for 25 years but now I want to dedicate myself to repairing Nikkor lenses.
    Best regards


  15. Jasmin V
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 08:33:49

    Bump. Hi Ric, I’m the same here, I’m really interested in knowing the tools list so I can hunt down and start learning. I’m really keen and your blog is a hidden gem!!


  16. shelton chen
    Feb 10, 2021 @ 19:46:02

    Hi richard the place you mention Kiitos in japan, do they sell parts, I am looking for blade for Nikkor 5cm f1.1 external mount.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: