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 Auto

Hello, everybody! Do you like “Chunking Express“? That’s Wong Kar-Wai’s masterpiece. The cinematography is amazing with its creative use of photographic techniques and clever, but thin layering of its storyline. I like it a lot because the director dared to create this kind of movie. It became a classic, something that many people study today. In celebration of that movie I would like to introduce to you something that produces photos that could fit in that movie’s look. It’s bold, daring and ambitious, signifying the dreams of its designer.


The Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 Auto was sold from 1965 to 1974 where the last version is called the Nikkor-S.C 55mm f/1.2 Auto to denote that it has improved coatings applied, the latter is the subject of this article. It was made to give the then-new F-mount an f/1.2-class “normal” lens. However, technical difficulties made it rather difficult not just for Nikon to achieve this and an interim solution has to be made by making the focal-length longer by 5mm, resulting in the 55/1.2 class of lenses. You can read more about that in this article.

The front element is huge in order to gather large-amounts of light. Despite that it still retained a 52mm filter-size which is excellent since it was the old-standard for Nikkors. The iris is 7-bladed which gives better results compared to a 6-bladed one.

A special NASA variant was made and sent to space to take pictures of our ozone layer. It says a lot about the performance of this lens. To read more about space cameras, check this article and scroll to the middle of the article.


Repair: Nikon S2 Front Overhaul

Hi, everybody! I was considering skipping this weekend so I can rest, since I did a report on CP+ 2017 last week I feel that I can wait for next week until I publish a an article that I’m currently writing. I do listen to my readers and friends, there was a considerable interest on this week’s subject 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.


I was looking for a Nikon S2 and I found this one from Sankyo Camera. The camera was sold to me as a set with a Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 attached to it. They gave me the best price so far and I got a camera that I always wanted but it has a few issues that has to be resolved. It was fated that this camera ended up with me because it requires a CLA.


This is the camera. It looks nice despite its age and I got it for a nice price. It has a few issues and I will tackle some of them in this short article. If you’re keen on learning more about the Nikon S2, please read this article.
The Nikon S2 is tough, reliable and a fun to use, it also has Nikon’s brightest rangefinder. The handling is a bit quirky, it has separate dials for slow and fast shutter speeds and you’ll have to sync them together before you can use it at the correct speed while switching from slow to fast speeds. You’ll need to reset the film counter manually every time you load film but the advance is automatic. This was sold in the mid 1950s and it was designed a couple of years earlier so this was probably the best that Nikon had. Even with all the annoying quirks, the Nikon S2 is a big leap from it’s predecessor and is said to be the best Nikon rangefinder to use in terms of ease and simplicity.