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#1 Curve_in


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 09:29 AM

I've been giving some thought to trying a bellows. I was thinking it might be fun to have a little indoor studio set-up for the winter. I found a batch of Nikon stuff for about $100 and I was wondering if you think it's worth the 3 hours of driving to buy it.

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Model II bellows
Nikkor-Q auto 1:4 f 200 mm telephoto
Nikkor-H auto 1:2 f 50 mm lens
F close-up No. 2 lens

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lens reversing ring and a Rowi camera mount.

My thought were to use the bellows with my D7000, the extra stuff I'm not sure if I would use it with my DSLR but I do have a old Nikkormat that is collecting dust.
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 09:42 AM

Any lens (with an aperture ring) can be used on a bellows as there's no electrical or mechanical connection available when the camera is mounted on a bellows.  When shooting macro, you're usually shooting totally manual..... focus, exposure, etc.


The hardest part is controlling the aperture.  Although lenses with rings can be operated manually, at extreme magnifications that can screw up composition and focusing.  Some bellows have aperture controls built into them, others don't so you'll need a BR6.

Edited by 480sparky, 17 October 2014 - 09:43 AM.

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