Repair: Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 S-Mount

Hello, my dear readers! I am currently occupied with last Winter’s backlog and I haven’t finished half of what I need to repair at this point. Most of it are my own stuff plus some belonging to my friends whom I do favors for occasionally. I am also occupied with the blog more and more these days as evident by my continuous posting in the past couple of weeks. I get my energy from the simplest of things like looking at pretty girls, visiting the camera bazaar with my baby or simply eating some good comfort food. Speaking about simplicity, I will be showing you today a very simple lens from Nikon that harks back to her formative years. It is a significant lens historically but has been forgotten by many due to it’s modest properties and abundance. Please sit back and enjoy the article.


The lens we are going to talk about this time is the Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 (RF) lens! This lens was conceived during war time (against the Republic of China) and throughout WW2. It was a lens that was partly designed during the designer’s free time at Nikon (known then as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) but went into production when Nikon shifted priority from usual military-related optics to consumer ones after the war for Leica and Canon cameras and eventually on Nikon’s first real consumer camera – the Nikon I. This lens represents the transformation of Nikon after the war. From a company manufacturing equipment for battle to one that makes products that bring joy to many people, including me.


You can think of the Nikkor-H.C 5cm f/2 as a kit lens of some sort as it is usually sold with Nikon’s rangefinders. I am not sure if this was sold like that straight from the factory but I’m guessing that it was since Nikon’s rangefinders have an internal helicoid for the 5cm class of lenses. Here is mine with my Nikon S2.

The lens began it’s life around 1935, was completed at the middle of the WW2 in 1942 but the design was finally perfected in 1948 when the supply of (rare) raw materials for glass manufacturing stabilised. This halted the need to adjust the design ever so slightly just to accommodate the different qualities (index of refraction) of the materials used.


Review: Fujifilm Natura 1600

Hello, everybody! How are you tonight? I am going to write something about a film stock I use occasionally here in Japan. This is my first film review here on my blog. I am not an expert in the field but I believe that I know enough about film to give you guys a general idea on how a film looks and behaves. Read along and enjoy!


Tonight, we are going to talk about that elusive film outside of Japan from Fujifilm and it goes by the name Natura 1600! It is a wonderful film for lowlight photography and is the only one I am aware of that isn’t exotic as far as C41 colour films are concerned. It does have it’s quirks and I will tell you what I have experienced with this film so far and after shooting a handful of rolls of this film, I think I now know how this film behaves under the conditions that it was meant to be shot. Again, take my words with a grain of salt!

IMG_4649Fujifilm Natura 1600 is unique and it occupies a niché market where it does not have any real competition. It’s a very good film for it’s price (at least here in Japan). Try it yourself! More

Unboxing: B+W UV-Pro Premium


Today, we are going to do an unboxing video of the B+W UV-Pro Premium fungal spore and bacteria killer. This will supposedly sterilize your lens by using UV light pulses to kill any germs on the surface of your camera’s sensor or lens. Watch the video and see what’s included in the package! Enjoy!


Repair: Nikkor-P 180mm f/2.8 Auto

Hello, everybody! How are you this weekend? I’m currently happy playing with my Nikon rangefinder cameras. They’re very fun to use and while they are not as accurate and as precise as the F-mount SLR cameras, they win in the fun department with many intangible qualities that make them worth using despite all the hassle and quirks of the Nikon S-mount camera system. Like what I told my friend yesterday, you must follow your heart because it can detect the intangibles of life. Today, we’ll talk about a lens that adds an intangible quality to its pictures, making them look exquisite.


Today, I will introduce to you the venerable Nikkor-P 180mm f/2.8 Auto! This lens is really good that many people still shoot with it. It’s considered to be a hidden gem of some sort these days because many tend to ignore its modest specs and the f/2.8 maximum aperture doesn’t appeal much to many people these days but I will show you in this blog post why this lens is still relevant today as a professional lens for portraiture and fashion if focus speed is not much of a concern (you focus it manually).

IMG_1928The lens is so dense that it feels like holding something from the gym. Let us see if the flimsy new electronic lenses for mirrorless cameras can survive a direct collision with this. It feels like it was built to survive a nuclear war in the Cold War. Everything about its build is professional and there’s nothing I can think of that can easily break in this lens. More

Repair: Nikon SP/S3/S4/F Shutter Speed Calibration

Hello, Everybody! How are you guys today? I’m stuck at home today to take care of baby. It was a very tiring day because my toddler is full of energy! Cameras are like humans in a way in that they come out of the factory working fine but as they age and wear it will begin to show and the performance will deteriorate. I am in my mid-life and I feel like an old man now as the years of abuse is finally taking it’s toll on my health. The good thing with cameras is that you can fix them to a certain extent or change the parts to make it work closer to factory specifications and today, I am going to show you how to perform a simple maintenance routine for your 60 year-old Nikon SP/S3/F/ and even the Nikon F2!


Look at all the yummy food! This sushi place has an all-girl staff. I would rather prefer to eat one prepared by a pretty young woman than a middle-aged Japanese chef obviously.


Repair: Helicoids (Video)

Hello, everybody. This video is kind of late and I should have made this years ago. I was a bit busy but I finally found some time to make a video about this topic. Beginners usually face this problem and quit It so I hope that this video will reach somebody in trouble and I hope that I can help him before it is too late.


Repair: Auto-Nikkor-P.C. 105mm f/2.5

Oh, the seasons are changing. We are now entering mid-Spring and the weather here in Tokyo is beginning to get warmer and more humid but it is still relatively cool specially if you compare it to the punishingly hot summers here in Tokyo. This transitional weather is making me sick and I have another gout attack again so quality of life has gone down a bit. Speaking of transitional, I am going to show you a very important transitional lens in this week’s article so please stay and read along.


We’re going to continue with our series on the 105/2.5 family of lenses and the next one’s the successor to the previous one that we discussed last month. This one came with better coatings and hence it’s called Auto-Nikkor-P.C. 105mm f/2.5! The “C” stands for “coated” so Nikon’s marketing is simply reminding you that this lens is different and that you should buy it in case your lens is not coated. Sarcasm aside, this is an awesome lens and I shoot with this lens quite often because of the unique look that it gives to my pictures.

IMG_2369This lens came to me in a rough state but the glass was clean so I did not bother to open the objective up to clean it as it would be pointless. Looks like a pro used this lens as you can see from the wear but that is no problem at all, in fact the wear made it unique.


First Look: Nikon D7500

Hello, everybody! I just had a quick look at Nikon’s D7500, their latest camera replacing the the D7200. Please check out my video below and see what you think.

I decide to make a video this time since it is better to present this in that format. Reading commentaries won’t be as good as watching a video for something like this.

By the way, I mistook Qc mode for Ch mode! That was very stupid of me, this is what is going to happen when you shot with film cameras for too long! I’m not going to bore you further more. See you next time, Ric.