Repair: Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S

Hello, everybody! I am not a watch aficionado, I am sure that many of you aren’t, too. Many of us know the names Seiko, Citizen, Bulova and Rado but there’s only one name that stands-out from them all – Rolex. It is a brand bring into mind tradition, quality and luxury. Even young children know about the name. There are a few names in this world that has such an impact. Today, I will introduce to you once such name, it’s not going to be as powerful as the name Rolex for the common man but it certainly has a strong presence in the hearts of many photographers – the Noct.


The legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S was sold from 1981 to 1998. It’s a legendary lens that many people dream of shooting with. Most of that has to do with the “religion” that was built around it. It’s an updated lens, its predecessor, the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai needed an Ai-S update so this lens came into existence. Both are special lenses made for astrophotography and for shooting at lowlight. They were optimized for the dark and their names made it obvious.

When paired with a Nikon Df you’re able to shoot in really-dark places like a candle-lit room with ease. What’s so special about this is it renders point-lights at corners beautifully, with minimal coma. Coma will make your point-lights at the corners look smeared, the only way to avoid this is to stop the iris down. You’ll lose plenty of light by doing this so this lens was designed to give you less of it wide-open. It also has some of the smoothest bokeh quality you’ll ever see from a Nikkor of its time and the corner performance is pretty good, too. It was a game-changer when it came it and it instantly acquired a legendary-status.


Mod: Nikon Df Split Prism

Hello, friends! This week was just a pain for me – literally! I had a new gout attack and my left foot was super painful! I haven’t gotten anything like this for 2 or so years now and as my doctor told me, it might be an indication that my uric acid level is going down. My foot is feeling much better now and I should be OK by Monday. The pain associated with gout is just as painful as manually focusing a fast prime on modern DSLRs like the Nikon Df and I will show you how I made my experience a lot better in this blog post, making me hate this camera a little less.


Today, I am going to show you how I replaced the original matte screen that came with my Nikon Df with the FM3A’s K3 screen for better focus confirmation with faster manual focus lenses (f/2 and faster)!

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Repair: PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5

Hello, everybody! I was at a Samba festival and it was a good change in my daily routine. I am often busy with work that I neglect so many things and this gave me a little bit of time to charge my mental energy. We sometimes need a change in perspective when in comes to life, doing the same routine day-in-day-out can really burn you out. You won’t notice it until it’s too late so it’s nice to take a break occasionally. While we’re on the topic of changing perspectives, I’d like to introduce to you a Nikkor that does the same thing, I love this lens as it helps me see things through an altered perspective. Read the whole article to find out what this is.


Let me introduce to you the PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5! This is both unusual and historically important. I say unusual because this is a specialist Nikkor that was specifically designed for architectural photography so it has gimmicks to help it do that. This amazing lens was also ground-breaking when it came out because it was the first lens for the 35mm format that can give you any control over your picture’s perspective by modifying the vanishing point of your frame and hence – “PC” (for Perspective Control). It’s the first of its kind and it helped take the small format into the realm of technical photography where it was once dominated by larger formats such as 120mm.


Such a lovely lens. This thing is heavy so do not let its small size fool you. It is a gem of a lens that was made with precision in mind. The lens is dirty in this picture but you are going to see it cleaned before your very eyes. It has plenty of knobs and rings to help you operate the lens and that’s part of the appeal of using this thing.