Repair: Nikon Bayonet Screws (Video)

Hello, Everybody! Spring is here! It is definitely getting warmer and while that is definitely good news, the bad news is hay fever is also in season! I suffer from hay fever just like many people living here in Japan. While we are on the topic of suffering and agony, I would I am going to discuss something today that affects many, if not all people who try to work with Japanese lenses when they started and many get frustrated by this and simply quit.

IMG_1483Invest on a pair of really good JIS screwdrivers! I always mention this but people keep on forgetting. You won’t need anything fancy, just buy the right screwdrivers! VESSEL only! More


Repair: Nikkor-S.C 55mm f/1.2

What’s up, everybody? I am loving the weather now because Spring is nearly here! Here in Japan, we will celebrate the Spring Equinox next week. I’m sure glad that the seasons come and go every year. Speaking of cycles, there are times when I would service a lens and feel I have worked on something similar to it before. This is one of those, read on.


I would like to introduce to you the Nikkor-S.C 55mm f/1.2 lens! If that sounded familiar to you long-time readers it is because this is the predecessor of the New-Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens that we have tackled a little more than a year ago. This lens is mostly the same as its successor optically but the focusing unit (lens barrel) is of the earlier Auto-Nikkor era look. The focusing distance has been improved by a little bit on the newer lens and some curvature, spacing and Roland Vink even suspected that the materials for the glass might even be improved. These are minor updates so for all intents and purposes you can think of these lenses as similar optically. I personally prefer the vintage look and the all-metal construction of this lens. I was looking for something similar to this lens but with the Ai update but I have different sets of priorities now so I will forget about hunting for this lens for now.

img_2697Here is the Nikkor-S.C 55mm f/1.2 together with the New-Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens. You can say that the later lens is simply a cosmetic update of the earlier one and I would agree with you on that observation. They both handle the same, which is excellent.

Repair: Nikon S2 Front Overhaul

Hi, my beautiful readers! I was considering skipping this weekend so I can rest and since I did a report on CP+ 2017 last week I felt that I can wait for next week until I publish a lens teardown that I am currently writing. I do listen to my readers and friends and there was a considerable interest on the subject of this week’s article so I decided to write this instead and publish it this weekend. You guys know how much you mean to me so I can’t object.


Remember that I mentioned in my CP+ 2017 post that I almost got a Nikon rangefinder but I lost the chance to get one because somebody beat me to it and I was hesitating? Well, that is probably a good thing because I got a Nikon S2 that was fated to end up with me for the rest of my life! I walked past this camera for days in the bazaar, I always looked at it and I felt as if it was beckoning me to take her home and I felt a weird attachment to it. Imagine that this camera was mine in my previous life and it found it’s way back to me for a CLA in my present life. That’s probably a better story than “Somewhere in Time”, would you agree?

img_3490What a lovely little camera and it came with the standard Nikkor-H 5cm f2 lens. It has a “C” engraved on it denoting that it was coated with ancient lens coating technology that isn’t up to snuff compared to current ones but that was a big deal in the olden days. This lens is sharp and has acquired a good reputation but that belongs to another write-up! More