The lead image for this post was shot by my newest camera, a Nikon F3 film camera. The F3 was the last professional manual focus camera that Nikon made. My copy comes from 1985. And if only I’d known this was all it took to make Sharka’s interior look all vintage-y, I could have saved a lot of money on rare Japanese parts!
But what fun is that?
And also, I’m getting ahead of myself. This post is actually about the Sazaire Factory Gift Set that was under the Christmas tree with my new-to-me Nikon. So I’m gonna go back to digital photos for a minute…
This set includes a two-piece ignition trim ring, an odometer reset knob, and a small key cover for either the center console or the glove box. All are hand machined. All are like small pieces of jewelry.
I have this set thanks to my buddy Randy, who used to own these years ago and suddenly remembered that they existed. He asked Rod of Tetsuya Garage if these were still available and could be imported to the US. A group buy was organized and ClubRoadster emptied Sazaire Factory of their remaining stock.
The ignition ring is two pieces. One for the part that turns with the key and one for the metal surrounding area. The little dot and ring are glow in the dark material. They…. don’t work incredibly well. But it is a cool idea and a nice detail.
This little piece matches my KG Works cluster so nicely that I thought I should put a small red arrow to point it out as the subject of the photo. It is a bit… short. This allows for the distance that the odometer button presses. From the side it looks a little odd, but you never notice when driving.
It’s slightly difficult to see this little guy in the back, but he adds a nice bit of shine to an otherwise black area. It’s all about the details after all.
And now for a couple more film shots!
What do you think of the film shots? Good, bad, crap, wonderful? I personally love how they look. I think I’ll be using my F3 a lot in the future.