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Bellows & Close-Up Lenses Part I


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PB-6 Bellows

This unit was introduced towards the end of the F2's career. Its design blends elements of the PB-3 and PB-4.

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Like the PB-4, both the front and rear standards may be moved independently, and the tripod mounting foot may also be moved along its own track (it has a total travel of 180mm); the top and bottom tracks have a dovetail cross-section, like the PB-3. It also offers the longest extension of any Nikon bellows, from 48 to 208mm (which can be extended to a mind-boggling 438mm with the appropriate extension bellows), continuously variable, of course.

Unfortunately, the front standard neither swings nor shifts, so perspective and focal plane controls are not as extensive as the PB-4's.

The PB-6's front standard can do a variety of tricks which make it useful for all but the very dedicated Schiempflug Principle photographer. It incorporates a plunger-operated semi-automatic diaphragm (like the BR-4) and may be used with the lens reversed without resorting to a BR-2 (or BR-5).

PB-6D Bellows Rail Spacer

This little widget mounts between a bellows standard and the focussing rail of the PB-6. It provides enough room to mount a motorised camera (or that hulking F4/F5 beast you have lurking around somewhere) on the PB-6.

Note that you will need two of these, one for the front and one for the rear standard. On the other hand, with the appropriate lens (probably a converted large format lens with fairly long infinity flange-to-film-plane focus distance), you could probably use these singly to provide either front standard rise (slip a PB-6D under the front standard only) or drop (put a PB-6D under the rear standard only) for perspective control.

Of course, this is the PB-4 (not to mention also the Horseman View Camera Converter)'s raison d'etre ...

PB-6E Extension Bellows

This unit couples to the PB-6 and offers from 83 to 438mm of extension. It attaches to the PB-6's moveable tripod foot (no longer moveable with the PB-6E hanging off of it) via a plate that is threaded with a standard 1/4-20 tripod socket. Yes, if you really wanted to, you can now get that 400f/4.5 out to slightly beyond 1:1.

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Based on a picture that I have, it seems that you mount this accessory between the front and rear standards -- detach the front standard from the PB-6, attach the free end of the bellows to the back end of the PB-6E, hook the two focussing rails together, and the slide the front standard onto the front of the PB-6E, securing it to the free end of the PB-6E's bellow (Nikon even says that the standard on the PB-6E is a "center" standard).

Slide Copying Attachment

This is the unit to use with the original Bellows 2 or 2a. It holds a slide, has its own bellows, and attaches to the front of the lens via a 52mm thread. It has a rod which engages the corresponding socket in the front "foot" of the Bellows 2. With this unit, you may copy from 1x to 2x (of the middle, since the unit itself does not allow shifts) of the slide. Nikon has been very kind and provided you with two circular trays on either side of the unit to hold unmounted film rolls.

PS-4 Slide Copying Adapter

This unit is similar to the original Slide Copying Adapter, with the addition (possibly) of shifting movements for the actual slide holder. The slide may be moved up to 6mm vertically or 9mm horizontally.

It also has its own bellows (with 60mm extension) to shield the original from stray light and added circular film-roll trays. The 55f/3.5 Micro Nikkor is the preferred lens for use with this adapter, with the 50f/2 also quite acceptable.

Its main technical highlights are: Extremely Sturdy Metal Constructions; permits greater than 1:1 Reproduction ratio; built-in roll film holders; shift matched to PB-4 Bellow; Built-in Illuminator Panel which can either be used with available light or flash; built to match PB-4 bellow.

PS-5 Slide Copying Adapter

Just as the PB-5 was a simplified PB-4, so is the PS-5 a simplified PS-4, lacking the film trays and shifting movements. Both the PS-4 and PS-5 feature magnets to hold their bellows shut when not in use.

PB-6M Macro Copy Stand

Nikon Description:
Provides the PB-6 with a convenient stand for small items. 18% grey surface.

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PS-6 Slide Copying Adapter

This is essentially a PS-4 updated to fit onto the PB-6. It also offers the spare film trays, and slide-mount shifting (to the same extents as the PS-4).

ES-1 Slide Copying Attachment

This gizmo fits into the front of a 55mm Micro-Nikkor, and, presumably, allows for exact duplication of slides by holding the slide at the proper distance when at 1:1 and providing for illumination through an opal light window.

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