Repair: AF-Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8

Hello, everybody! We had some Japanese-style steak tonight for dinner. It’s a fusion dish and a new take on a classic dish by adding elements of Japanese cooking to make it more interesting and familiar to the palates of locals. While it’s arguably delicious, this is still a new thing and I estimate that this dish is probably only less than 2 decades old. While it’s delicious and it builds on established cooking techniques and dishes, I feel that there’s is still a lot of room for improvement. While we’re on the topic of fusion and improvement, I would like to introduce to you an interesting lens because it’s an early attempt to fuse 2 paradigms. While it’s a good start, it’s still has lots of room for improvement but the lens had plenty of potential and that’s what’s most important if you ask me. Read on.


Today, we are going to talk about the AF-Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 lens! This lens is not known by a lot of people due to its relative rarity. It was only made a few years before it was replaced by a superior design. This lens is one of the original lineup of AF lenses that Nikon introduced in the mid-80s for their new AF system cameras like the Nikon F4 and it gained the underserved bad reputation amongst hardcore Nikkor fans because of the use of plastics. Nikon was also experimenting with AF lens design during this era so these all suffer from awkward handling characteristics which will annoy people who are used to using newer AF Nikkors. I will outline them later and you judge these for yourself.

IMG_7427The AF-Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 is a rather boring-looking lens. It looks like a tea cup or a salve pot depending on who you ask. Appearances can be deceiving because this lens is a great performer throughout its range until you reach f/11-f/16 where diffraction begins to come into effect. This lens can also go to a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1 without the use of any accessory. This lens is the first lens in the 55mm Micro-Nikkor family that’s able to do this natively since the Micro-Nikkor 5.5cm f/3.5 from 1961. It achieves this feat by using a long telescoping set of barrels to extend the lens to about 2X its length. If this all sounds familiar to you that’s because this lens is the predecessor of the amazing and still in-production AF-Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens. While both lenses seem similar, it’s safe to say that both lenses are different mechanically and optically. Both lenses extend their barrels using 2 totally different methods. More


Repair: Nikkor-H 300mm f4.5 Auto

Hello, everybody! Hope you are fine, I had a painful back yesterday because I slept in the wrong position. Back pain has always been a problem of mine for years and it comes back occasionally. It’s probably due to the nature of my job where I am required to sit for long hours at work. Repairing lenses and cameras isn’t much help too because I am spending a couple of hours a night sitting with a bad posture. Speaking of back pain, I’ll show you guys a lens that will certainly make your back ache if you are carrying one for too long and that’s the reason why I seldom use this lens.


We are going to talk about one of Nikon’s earlier telephoto lenses and it’s no other than the Nikkor-H 300mm f/4.5 Auto! This lens succeeded the Nikkor-P 300mm f/4.5 Auto. They are nearly-identical to each other except the older one only has five elements. It was a unique lens when the Nikkor-P 300mm f/4.5 Auto was released in time for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. It was then updated with an additional element in 1969 but its design remained nearly-identical. In fact, it can be hard to tell the difference when you have the two together in a picture. I don’t have the earlier one but people claim that it’s a decent and well-balanced lens even wide-open. This lens is supposed to be the improved version but I cannot do any tests to back it up and my copy of this lens suffered from terrible damage in the rear element which seems to be somewhat common with this lens for some reason.


This is a big lens and it can get longer when you extend the built-in hood. It balances well with my Nikon D750, I can imagine that it can be even better with a bigger camera like the Nikon D4. It’s not something that you’ll want to use today for sports and wildlife or in situations where you’ll need very fast AF performance and super-sharp images but it can be an enjoyable lens to use when you’re just playing around.


Repair: Micro-Nikkor-P.C 55mm f/3.5 Auto

Hello, everybody! Today is the start of my 4-day weekend! I will have enough time for my recreation and self-healing. As you know, I am busier now at my new studio and finding time to do what I love can be very difficult. I often find myself sleeping really late and it’s beginning to take a toll on my health. It’s great that I can finally recharge myself after all the work in the past few months at work and at home. Speaking of refreshes, we will be talking about something great that came out even better after being “refreshed”. This will be a very good example of how a good design can be pushed even further. Stay with me.


Today, we will be looking at the Micro-Nikkor-P.C 55mm f/3.5 Auto lens! This lens isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade of the venerable Micro-Nikkor-P 55mm f/3.5 Auto that came before it as many people would tend to believe but this lens’ optics has been tweaked a bit. Apart from the newer coatings (hence, the “C” in the name), this lens was recalculated so that it can render objects further into the frame sharper. Nikon did this thinking that not many people are using this lens for close-up work. While that may be true statistically, people buy these things because of their performance in close-up work. This turned-off plenty of people but to be honest, I didn’t find this lens to be any less sharp than the previous one. In what I do which is shooting bugs and sometimes slides with these lenses, they’re really as sharp as you can get them to be at f/5.6 to f/8. Maybe I just got an excellent specimen?

FullSizeRender 15The Micro-Nikkor-P.C 55mm f/3.5 is a beautifully-built lens lens. It’s a really little gem for people who love to shoot small objects and it also serves as a great walk-around lens due to the 55mm focal length. The rubber ring is a welcome update to some people but I like the feel of metal focusing rings more to be honest. More