Just a little update to the compact camera lens conversion project. If you haven’t read the first part of the project, you can read it here.
As it turns out, the Ricoh ff90 lens isn’t something that Miyazaki can modify. Chinese (or perhaps Japanese) whispers a little bit here, but what Bellamy reported back to me is that something to do with the front element of the lens being part of the body of the camera means that it can’t be modified.
After the poll I did in the last post and my gut feeling telling me that the Ricoh was the lens to go for, it’s a little bit of a shame. But, where one door closes, another one opens.
I’ll be posting a review of my Nikon L35AF in the next week or so (I’ve written most of it, just waiting for a film to come back from the D&P). Over the course of writing the review the Nikon became more and more frustrating. Not because it isn’t a really nice camera, but just because it’s broken. Fortunately, it was useable enough to shoot a whole roll, unfortunately it’s days as a useable camera are, if not over, significantly limited. This combined with Andrej’s comments on the previous post about is home brew modified Nikon L35 lens got me thinking, maybe it should be the choice camera for a donor lens.
I asked Bellamy about the Nikon lens and he responded by saying as far as he knew, it was indeed a lens that could be modded, but it would need to be sent to Miyazaki for confirmation on that. So, next week, assuming I like the photos I get back from it, off to Japan the Nikon goes.
This time though, to save any further too and fro, I am also going to send in the Yashica T4. Just in case the Nikon can’t be done, that will become my fall back.
In the spirit of the first post, and the poll I posted asking which out of the Ricoh and Yashica you would have modded, I’d like to now know which out of the Nikon and Yashica you would go for.
Answers via the poll, and feel free to add further comment below!