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How do I use old Macro Bellows with DSLR? Answered


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HackJob
HackJob

10 years ago

I don't mean to be mean, please don't take it that way but, I think this generation is addicted to being sold the latest greatest thing - whatever it is... Yes an old fashioned bellows will not allow you to use all the auto-focus, auto-exposure, oughta-learn-how-to-think-for-yourself golly gee whiz features some many shutter pushers have gotten addicted to, maybe that's good thing. Maybe figuring these things out for yourself is what Instructables is really all about. I say; turn the computers off once in a while and have some fun!

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efkadd
efkadd

Reply 2 years ago

Have you shot with a DSLR? Unless you have a cinema lens, you cant adjust your aperture without an electrical connection from your lens to your body.

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HackJob
HackJob

Reply 2 years ago

I'm afraid I have to disagree, I have shot with many digital camera
platforms and the ability to adjust the aperture is dependent on the
lens. For example the "G" series Nikkors do not have a an aperture ring
and would only function wide open however I have many lenses that have
an aperture ring and can be controlled 'manually' as well as
electronically.
Why this matter; you will want all he light possible
to see to focus and so need te lens to be "wide open." However, in
macro work the distance at which the image begins to loose definition -
be so out of focus as to be "unacceptable"- is very, very narrow or
shallow - so the lens needs to be stopped down as much as is practical
to improve the depth of field.
Is this clunky and awkward? You
betcha' but setting up a "real" macro shot is an equipment heavy, time
consuming project. A Macro shot is one in witch the image size on the
sensor is the same size or larger than the subject is in the real world -
BTW; there are folks who are VERY VERY persnickety about that! I get,
you went through al the technical hoops to get this great shot an
someone who hasn't even tried to learn what it takes want to post these
close up pictures next their hard work.... So, some of the forums are
very strict.
Last point - I've adapted a PB-4 Nikon Bellows to
Fujifilm cameras and mounted some great Nikkor glass and it works fine.
It is a different way of working - but that's the whole point.

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ECardenal
ECardenal

10 years ago

I had an old macro bellows with M42 mount and I'm using it with my Nikon D90. All you need is a mount adapter. In my case is an adapter with a correctional lens that allows infinity focus (M42 and Nikon has different focal plane). As far as I know Canon, Olympus, etc don't need a correctioonal lens, only the mount adapter. Here are a couple of pics of my setup. I use a focusing rail, to allow me to precisely focus. You will have really shallow depth of field. The last image was taken with the macro bellows. It's the tip of a cigerrette.. and it wasn't at full extension!

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

11 years ago

Depends really...

If they're made for an older film SLR some makes will mate effectively, like canon, older EOS stuff works fine... I don't know much about the others but you may lose AF function entirely depending on the adapters if it fits.

Also some of them just don't fit together, also if it's not a full frame (35mm) sensor then framing issues may come up.

If they click in with the lens and body just fine then use manual focus and test them with the camera off first.  I've been meaning to get macro tubes but never had any bellows style ones so I can only give the advice I've been using with the bizarre mash up of lenses I've checked with my camera...

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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

Put it up on a shelf to admire.  They really aren't very useful with today's autofocus slr's.  It's better to use something made for the slr you have.  But as an object to be admired they really are nice.

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seandogue
seandogue

11 years ago

purchase an appropriate mating ring to mate the bellows style macro lens to the digital SLR camera.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

What? (are you asking) - more details please.

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