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 Auto

Hello, everybody! I always wanted to buy the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G but I can’t justify its cost. It’s an amazing lens, a real modern masterpiece and it is the only lens of its kind when it comes to lenses that are still made new. It is a luxury for me and the next-best thing that I can thing of is modifying an old Russian lens so it can autofocus which resulted in my Autofocus Helios. I love it a lot and I saved a lot of money. It’s not close but it will do for now. It is a good alternative to the best until I can afford the real thing. Having said that, I will show you one lens that’s a nice alternative to the more expensive ones without compromising too much in terms of build and quality. It’s one of Nikon’s oldest lens designs that’s still relevant for use today.


We’re going to talk about a cheap but fantastic lens that’s always considered by many as the underdog of the Nikkors – it’s the magnificent Nikkor-Q Auto 135mm f/3.5! Many people poo-poo this lens because of its modest specs and its rather old optical formula that has roots in the rangefinder era and it’s a real dinosaur because it’s also one of Nikon’s earliest consumer lens designs that was made a few years after the war. It’s so good that Nikon desided that it’s OK to re-fit it as an F-mount lens in-time for the Nikon F’s debut in 1959. The optical formula remained mostly un-changed until it was redesigned in 1977 with a more modern formula.

IMG_0456The lens is overshadowed by its faster professional f/2.8 sibling, the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto for obvious reasons but I will tell you that this lens has some tricks of its own. That is saying a lot because the NIkkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 Auto is one helluva lens and many consider that to be a “magic lens”! This is such an underdog that many can be found today for next-to-nothing except for the rare Nikkor-Q 13.5cm f/3.5 Auto “tick-mark” version because it’s one of the original lenses that was sold together with the Nikon F in 1959. It has a beautiful 9-bladed iris which helps a lot in rendering smooth bokeh. That’s a highly-desirable lens for collectors and if you’re not one of us then this is going to be all you will need. Shown here is the most common version that you will see in the market and this is the version that we’ll tackle today. 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