Repair: Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S

Hello, everybody! I haven’t updated for weeks and I can see that people are checking my site on the weekends looking for updates. The past few weeks were terrible. I got sick so the rest of the family got ill as well including our precious baby. I am so busy at work and having an idiot in the team doesn’t make things easier so I am left with no time to update this blog and stress levels are very high. Don’t worry, I will make it up to you because we are going to teardown a very special lens this time.


We’re going to feature a legend in this blog post. A lens so steeped in hearsay and fantasy that it’s reputation preceded it. The fact that this lens is rare and out of production is also contributing to the hype. And as a Nikon tinkerbug, this lens ranks very high on my list. It is like hunting down Moby Dick and this lens is no other than the legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S!

img_1658The Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S when coupled with a camera that has a Nikon D4 sensor will enable you to shoot in dim situations like a candle-lit room with ease. The Noct was designed to be used in the low light or night photography and one of its selling points is how it corrects points of light found at the corners of the frame. Usually, large aperture lenses will distort these points of light when shot wide-open but the Noct is corrected to help keep the shape of the lights and prevent these from smearing. It’s not perfect, but it is much better than many lenses for this.



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)!

img_1698This is all we need for this project. Be sure to work in a clean place! More

Repair: PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5

Wow, it’s now September and it’s still HOT in Tokyo! Autumn is just around the corner and next month should be a lot cooler. I cannot wait to take pictures of the Autumn scenery in Tokyo because this is the most photogenic time of the year in my opinion. The boring concrete buildings will be accented with the vivid colours of Autumn and what better lens to take pictures that juxtaposition than this lens that I will be showing you on this post!


Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you the PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5 lens! This lens is both unusual and historically important. I say unusual because this lens is a specialist lens that was specifically designed for architectural photography. This amazing Nikkor was also ground-breaking back in the days because it is the first lens for the 35mm format that can give you any control over the perspective of your image by modifying the vanishing point of your frame and hence – “PC” (Perspective Control) and not the destructive concept that is destroying our societies because it was taken too far and used out of context! Fuck PC!

IMG_0206Oh, such a lovely lens. This thing is heavy so do not let it’s 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! More