RICHARD HAW'S CLASSIC NIKON REPAIR AND REVIEW

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Review: Lomography LomoChrome Metropolis 100-400 (TokyoEdition)

05 Nov 2022 Leave a comment

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Hello, everybody! It’s been a couple of months now since I have left Tokyo in order to lớn live elsewhere. It’s not easy khổng lồ say goodbye to lớn a place that I called home for more than a decade or 12 years khổng lồ be exact. All the preparation & expenses made me stressed but at least my daughter might be happier here in our new home. I think it is fitting that I dedicate this post to Tokyo, an amazing city that had been part of my family’s life. Please enjoy this little article.

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Introduction:

The Lomography LomoChrome Metropolis 100-400 (Tokyo Edition) is a limited-edition film made with the collaboration of Kitamura Camera in Japan a few years ago. As the name implies, it’s a variable-ISO film which means it can be used within the specified range & you will still be able to lớn get good results which makes this a very forgiving film to lớn shoot with. You can rate it however you want so long as you don’t stray too far from the recommended range. This is probably a repackaged Lomography Metropolis 100-400 since I could not see any difference with shooting both films. Maybe they just want lớn get rid of inventory that’s been sitting in the warehouse for years, I don’t know.


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Unlike Lomography’s normal line of hipster films this one comes with a premium aluminum tin. Packaging is important for sales và brand-image và they went all-out this time. Do not be fooled by the pictures on the box, you’ll only get these results if you’ve shot the film under the right conditions & I will show you how you can get it or at least understand how this film behaves. There is a slight difference when you use it at different speeds and only at certain conditions.

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Repair: Cine-Nikkor 75mmf/2

07 May 2022 4 Comments

by 6struyenky.vnin nikon,lens repair,lens maintenance,nikon repair,, Nikon,museum,classic lenses,, Uncategorized


Hello, everybody! bởi you remember Sony’s tagline back in the day? If “It’s a Sony” doesn’t sound familiar lớn you then you must be younger than 35. It’s effective branding, it’s catchy and easy-to-mention. It’s an effective way to drill into your potential customers’ minds about your brand’s image và what that stands for. You’ll have khổng lồ keep it short, simple and direct. Just repeat it lượt thích a jingle và it’s certainly going khổng lồ stick lớn their head the next time they buy an electronic device. I will play on that slogan today but this time it’s not a Sony but “It’s a Sonnar“, a Tele-Sonnar to lớn be precise if I’m not mistaken.

Introduction:

The Cine-Nikkor 75mm f/2 was made from an unknown date, nobody knew when it ended production. I suspect it was made from the mid-1960s up until around the 1970s. I was told that Nikon does not really document anything that’s not a consumer hàng hóa so precise information about these can be scarce and inaccurate. These are specialty lenses so I guess they were made in low-volume which are spread across a long production time. This lens is the second-longest in the Cine-Nikkor portfolio for the C-mount, it filled the gap between 50mm & 100mm. It’s rather useful for wildlife, sports, news or just about anything that requires a bit more reach. You could think of it as the 200/3.5 equivalent for a standard 16mm camera as it gives the same field-of-view và depth-of-field characteristics of a 200/3.5 lens for 35mm. Crop-factor is a recent concept that’s not really relevant in the context of shooting movies but since we are interested in using this for stills you should always be aware of this.

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Despite its focal length and speed it managed to remain quite compact, this isn’t larger-nor-thinner than the other ones except for the early version of the Cine-Nikkor 25mm f/1.4 which is an oddity. Keeping the size of the barrel uniform is essential so you could use your custom-made attachments. Its mount could be repositioned by depressing the thread và rotating it, allowing you lớn view the scales no matter which orientation it ended up in the camera. This is a nice touch, I am not aware of any other manufacturer that did this.

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Repair: Cine-Nikkor 25mmf/1.4

24 Oct 2021 1 Comment

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Hello, everybody! There are many classic movies that were remade in the past couple of years. Some were good but the majority is rubbish, never surpassing the originals in terms of impact & reception. I think it’s unnecessary to vì chưng remake great movies such as Ghostbusters & Willie Wonka và the Chocolate Factory because I consider them to lớn be “perfect” but The Fly benefitted from an overhaul. Today, I’ll show you one such “remake”, unlike Ghostbusters this lens had khổng lồ be updated và resulting lens is a lot better than the original. Read the whole article to lớn know more about it.

Introduction:

The Cine-Nikkor 25mm f/1.4 is an nâng cấp of the older Cine-Nikkor 25mm f/1.4 with the smaller, old-style barrel. It has new optics và the barrel is now similar lớn the concurrent models such as the Cine-Nikkor 10mm f/1.8. I don’t know when this was made but I assume that production ran from 1962 up to an unknown date. It’s difficult khổng lồ date these because there’s no data available. The only information available are from leaflets và there are no dates available. Regardless, it’s apparent that the older Cine-Nikkor 25mm f/1.4 had to lớn be replaced for an unknown reason và this lens replaced it in the catalogs. It’s the premium option for a “normal” lens for the 16mm format and it gives a field-of-view close to lớn 67mm if you were to lớn consider its crop-factor. Crop-factor is a rather new concept, people who shoot movies don’t even think of it. It may sound like a super-fast lens but it’s sort of mediocre for this format và it’s not unusual khổng lồ find lenses with an f/1.2 aperture for shooting with 16mm.

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The barrel is built like most C-mount Cine-Nikkors, it’s solid and feels substantial despite being tiny. These were popular lenses so it’s not unusual lớn find these with scratches and heavy-wear. The scales are easy-to-read and you will need to rely on this when you shoot this with a 16mm camera. Focusing precisely without looking through-the-lens can be difficult but you’ll get used to lớn it.

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Repair: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8(Zebra)

17 Oct 2021 Leave a comment

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Hello, everybody! do you remember Bobby Goldsboro’s old song “Honey“? It’s a sentimental song about a man missing his lover named “Honey” who left him when her time came unexpectedly. It’s a favorite song of many people but some think that it’s stupid due lớn this being a country tuy vậy with simple, corny lyrics. I personally loved it và I occasionally sing that at the karaoke. There are many things in life that divide our opinion. Today, I’ll show you a lens that some people love but some people hated it. Và just like “Honey” I think it’s “kind of dumb & kind of smart”, too. You’ll know later why I made that remark so please read the whole article carefully.

Introduction:

This version of the Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8 was made from 1964 lớn 1967, it is called “zebra” by many people because it has a barrel that has striped rings. Unlike the older Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 Tessar the iris could be actuated automatically but it now only has a 6-bladed iris instead of the circular one of the older versions including the semiautomatic version. This lens used to lớn be the best 50mm Tessar of its time & it was nicknamed “adler auge” or “eagle-eye” because its sharpness. While I think that the older version sort of fell-short in this regard I think this one truly lived-up to lớn that nickname & you will see why soon.

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The build is typical of Carl Zeiss Jena lenses from this era meaning it’s all-metal. The engravings are easy-to-see but the depth-of-field scale seems khổng lồ be rather vague because they’re not color-coded unlike what we’re used lớn seeing with Nikkors. The aluminum barrel feels nice and it also helps to lớn keep this light but it is still quite substantial when you hold it & not flimsy at all. There’s a small tab at the base which you’re able to lớn depress in order lớn stop the iris down for depth-of-field preview or metering through-the-lens.

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Repair: Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 EDAi

10 Oct 2021 Leave a comment

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Hello, everybody! We were jolted by a very strong earthquake last night just before midnight. People were so scared because that’s the strongest ever felt since that dreadful event in 2011. Some of my spare parts are on the floor & I’ll have khổng lồ pick them up later today. It’s good that most building here were built in a way that makes them withstand strong tremors so there are no structural damages as far as I could see. It is something that we all have khổng lồ accept living in such a quake-prone area. Today, I’ll show you something that is so tough that it could withstand a lot of punishment and just most of the concrete buildings here. I am glad to lớn know that this one will survive a natural catastrophe so long as it has nothing to vì with water and being soaked with it. Read my article to lớn find out what this lens is.

Introduction:

The Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 ED Ai was sold from 1977 to lớn 1982. The later but similar-looking Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 ED Ai-S replaced it in 1982 và it was made until 1999. It one replaced the older Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 Auto which is one of Nikon’s most impressive super-zooms from the 1960s. Compared to lớn the Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 Auto this one has a shorter, stockier barrel và its optics are much better in terms of performance thanks khổng lồ the inclusion of ED glass. Both lenses are heavy, large và imposing. It’s hard lớn find a lens of this class that will impress or intimidate your subjects & clients. It’s one of Nikon’s best lenses from the all-manual era and it sort of acquired a legendary status amongst photo journalists & people who shoot sports, you will see why in this article.

This is a massive lens, it’s definitely going to leave your arms sore after a day’s work. The barrel does not change length when you zoom unlike the older Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 Auto. This is advantageous for people who shoot this with a tripod since the center-of-mass won’t change which is great for studio work. It’s also smaller compared to the older lens but it’s still huge.

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Repair: Cine-Nikkor 25mmf/1.8

03 Oct 2021 Leave a comment

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Hello, everybody! vì you know “Saizeriya” or サイゼリヤ? It’s a Japanese restaurant chain that serves the cheapest Italian food you’ll find anywhere. It’s cheap và the chất lượng of the food is great for its price. I am a huge tín đồ of this chain because they offer very good value & the ambience is lượt thích a family-restaurant. I also see young couples dating here so it says a lot about their target market. Today, I will show you a nice lens that’s considered by some lớn be the cheaper alternative khổng lồ the more expensive 25mm Nikkors but it’s quite decent so there’s nothing “cheap” about its performance. You can even say that It’s the Saizeriya of C-mount Cine-Nikkors.

Introduction:

The Cine-Nikkor 25mm f/1.8 was sold from 1959 and It’s part of the initial lineup of C-mount lenses made with the later barrel kiến thiết which is bigger but it standardized the sizes of most C-mount Cine-Nikkors so they could share accessories such as filters & other customized gadgets. I don’t know when production ended for this lens but it’s probably around the late 1960s or even up until the mid-1970s judging by how some of the boxed look like. There are minor variations of this lens some of which have both meters & feet engraved on the barrel. The 25mm focal-length is lượt thích a “standard” lens for the 16mm format & it’s somewhat like a 68mm lens on 35mm or full-frame if you factor-in the recent concept of crop-factor. The f/1.8 aperture sounds fast but for a C-mount lens it’s kind of “standard”, giving you and effective-aperture of f/4.8 if you consider the 2.7x crop-factor.

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As typical with all Cine-Nikkors of its class the barrel is all-metal, it’s a tough little lens. The focus-throw is moderate & is quite pleasant khổng lồ be honest. The informative depth-of-field scale is useful và you could focus completely with it when shooting from moderate distances. The mount is adjustable so you will be able khổng lồ reorient it regardless of which camera it’s used with.

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Repair: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 40mmf/4.5

26 Sep 2021 Leave a comment

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Hello, everybody! I am recently eating sushi sold at the convenience stores more often. These are not as good as what you will find in restaurants, even the ones from a sushi-go-around tastes much better. Their price and convenience are the main factors why I kept eating them, specially for breakfast. It hits the spot, even just barely & that’s good enough. It always leaves me craving for better quality sushi but when I’m hungry and lazy anything will bởi vì I suppose. Today, I’m going khổng lồ show you something that satisfied a need back-in-day. Just like cheap sushi this was better than nothing at all specially at a time when people were demanding for a cheap-but-acceptable solution for a wide-lens that’s capable of being mounted lớn early SLR’s. Read the whole article to lớn find out more about this.

Introduction:

The Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 40mm f/4.5 we see here is the later version of the Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 40mm f/4.5 with the smaller barrel. It’s not clear when this was made and for how long but I suspect that it was made from around 1951 & it stayed for a few years until the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.8 was introduced. It’s merely a stop-gap và this was soon phased-out when the more practical Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.8 was unveiled. Needless to say, this is kind of rare but not valuable at all because the demand for it is low owing khổng lồ its odd choice of focal length.

It has an all-metal barrel that resembles its peers from the same era but unlike them this does not have a preset-ring so you will have lớn precisely stop the iris down yourself. This is a bit of an annoyance because you’ll have khổng lồ tale your eyes off the viewfinder just to confirm that you’ve go the right aperture value set before you make an exposure.

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Nikkor-O 2.1cm f/4

17 Sep 2021 2 Comments

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Hello, everybody! vì chưng you know the “Tokyo Shock Boys” or “電撃ネットワーク”? They’re a comedy act back in the early 1990s. They did many stupid & dangerous stunts & their catchphrase is “it’s very dangerous!“, which I think is very catchy. The stunts that they did are only for our entertainment & should never be copied at home, children shouldn’t watch their shows because they’ll probably imitate them. Today, I’ll show you something stupid và dangerous. I spent a long time thinking about whether I should publish this. Read this whole article to lớn find out more about this.

Introduction:

The Nikkor-O 2.1cm f/4 was launched in 1959 & was sold until 1967. This used lớn be the widest Japanese lens for SLR photography at the time it debuted, it helped push the Nikon F into dominance of the professional market. It was such a landmark lens that it soon gained legendary status because it opened new avenues for creative photography. There’s another version of this made for the S-mount because rangefinders still dominated 35mm photography at that time, its production was quite limited because the Nikon F would soon bring an end to that era. This lens has a lot of dedicated fans & they swear by its reputation but is this lens really what it’s made out to be or are people merely ruminating on the mythology surrounding it? We’ll find that out for sure in this article.

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It’s all-metal which makes it tough but its characteristic stalk at the rear makes it look delicate. It’s actually quite rigid, I was surprised at how well-made it is. The rear is exposed but there’s a guard which helps prevent damage. The scale is very useful, it’s the only way you’ll be able khổng lồ focus with it without viewing thought-the-lens. This isn’t a problem at all, the depth-of-field is very wide so you just guess the approximate distance of your subject or just use the scale to lớn focus using hyperfocal distance, a technique that’s forgotten by many people apart from landscape photographers và those who shoot street photography.

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Report: Nikon Museum(Cine-Nikkor)

10 Sep 2021 2 Comments

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Hello, everybody! There’s currently an exhibit going on at the Nikon Museum about Cine-Nikkors! I am currently doing my best lớn give you all the information I have about this obscure part of Nikon’s history so I was very happy when the Father of Kit-lenses messaged me about this exhibit. I was so happy at that moment but I was also sad because there’s lots of Nikon historians who couldn’t come khổng lồ the exhibit due to the pandemic. I dedicate this article to all of you who are unable to lớn look at these with your own eyes & breath the same moldy air that these relics are exposed to.



The exhibit is rather small, befitting the tiny nature of many Cine-Nikkors. Despite being merely 2 tables the specimens shown here are very important.

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Review: Nikon FM10

03 Sep 2021 2 Comments

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Hello, everybody! Many people are excited about the Nikon Z fc, Nikon’s latest hit. It’s an amazing camera that conjures the feeling of using a classic film camera & it’s not expensive, too. I recalled buying a Nikon D90 when it came out, it costs about $950.00 at that time so if you put things into perspective the new Nikon Z fc is actually quite reasonable. At the moment many people vị not even have the money to lớn buy one due lớn the current economy or some people aren’t interested with shooting with the smaller DX format lượt thích me. Lớn scratch the itch it’s probably a good idea khổng lồ shoot with an actual film camera and I will show you one today that will certainly bring you lots of fun while you decide if buying a Nikon Z fc is going lớn be the right decision for you.

Introduction:

The Nikon FM10 was sold from 1995 & production ended recently along with the venerable Nikon F6. It wasn’t made by Nikon at all, it was Cosina who made these for Nikon. The Cosina CT-1 is the basis of this camera và that was sold under different brands & names such as the Canon T60 & the Olympus OM2000 khổng lồ name a few. Its sister camera is the Nikon FE10, it’s basically shares the same chassis but the internals are electronic. You may wonder why Nikon made the decision to go with this when they had the legendary Nikon FM2n and the groundbreaking Nikon FM3A being sold at same time as this plastic camera. Well, not everybody could afford the expensive Nikons so people with less money bought these instead if they wanted a new camera that comes with a warranty. It was also said that these were initially targeted for the overseas market specially khổng lồ developing nations where money isn’t as disposable compared khổng lồ wealthy nations, there may be some truth to that because these were sold at the same time Nikon began its thai factory.

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The chassis is certainly made from metal but the exterior is covered with plastic. The finish is kind of ugly, the plating is easily-scratched and it frankly looks cheap, lượt thích the shiny parts of a toy. The dials were all made from plastics, too. I do not think this will survive a hard-knock or being dropped. The plastic exterior will definitely crack. You should never use this with large lenses, a Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 Ai-S and similar-sized lenses will be the best ones to lớn use with it. These were also sold with the Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Ai-S as a kit, this thiết lập will certainly satisfy any amateur, they’re not going khổng lồ disappoint even the advanced amateur when there’s nothing left to lớn choose.