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Bellows & Close-Up Lenses Part II


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Close-up Attachment Lenses

The cheapest and easy accessory for macro to carry around, because they work more like a filter - can be screwed directly into the front thread of your lenses. It is a simple, convenient way to increase magnification. Even when attached, you can still use automatic exposure control and TTL metering with all those F2 metered prisms. Most of these lenses have been treated with Nikon Integrated Coating to improve image contrast and reduce flare. Well, there are many third party offerings as well, and if price is a main factor to consider, you can take a look at those alternatives as well

Close-up lenses are usually represented in numbers to represent their 'magnification power'. For Nikon's close up attachment lenses, 0, 1 and 2 are recommended for lenses with a focal length up to 55mm. Numbers 3T, 4T, 5T and 6T are two-element achromatic lenses that still maintain a high image quality. 3T and 4T work best with lenses from 85mm to 200mm, and 5T and 6T with lenses from 70mm to 210mm.

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Numbers 5T and 6T have a front attachment size of 62mm; the front attachment size for all other numbers is 52mm. For close-up lenses, the higher the lens numbers, thecloser you can focus. For the prime lens, the longer the focal length, the greater the reproduction ratio you can obtain. You can used them either singly or in combination, close-up attachment lenses can possible open up numerous interesting close-up effects.
Lens and Attachment Size:

Close-up Lens No. 01C 52mm (0.7 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 1 IC 52mm (1.5 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 2 IC 52mm (3.0 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 3T IC 52mm (1.6 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 4T IC 52mm (3.0 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 6T IC 62mm (1.6 Diopter)
Close-up Lens No. 6T IC 62mm (3.0 Diopter)
In general the higher the number of the close-up lens, and the longer the focal length of the lens in use, the greater the reproduction ratio. Lenses may also be used in combination. All these close up lenses feature Nikon integrated coating.

All of these close-up lenses work by effectively reducing the focal length of the lens behind them. Close-up lenses are an inexpensive and fairly high-quality way (for the two-element achromats) to obtain decent magnifications without buying a macro lens. In general, stacking close-up lenses is not recommended, but if you find that you need to, put the higher-powered lens closer to the lens.

Some more math for you: [EFL] = 1000/{(1000/[MFL]) + [DP]}

: [EFL] is the effective focal length, in millimeters
[MFL] is the marked focal length (i.e. the focal length of the bare lens), in millimeters; [DP] is the diopter power, as given by the close-up lens

By calculating the effective focal length, you can go ahead and figure out what the aperture is ... or you can use stop-down metering, which is probably more efficient.

Similarly, you can calculate the new focussing distance (in centimeters) of the lens + closeup combination with the formula: [focussing distance] = 100/[DP]

Note that the focussing distance is virtually independent of the actual focal length of the lens in use.

Attachment Lens Number 0

One element; 0.7 Diopters; 52mm thread mount
This lens is intended mainly for the longer focal length lenses: the 105f/2.5, 135f/2.8, 135f/3.5, 200f/4, and 43~86f/3.5 Zoom.

Attachment Lens Number 1

One element; 1.5 Diopters; 52mm thread mount. This lens is intended for the standard focal lengths of close to 50mm.

Attachment Lens Number 2

One element; 3.0 Diopters; 52mm thread mount; This lens is intended for the standard focal lengths of close to 50mm.

Attachment Lens Number 3T

Two elements; 1.5 Diopters; 52mm thread mount; This lens is intended for use with telephotos (hence the "T" at the end of the name) but is reputedly excellent with all lenses that it'll fit.

Attachment Lens Number 4T

Two elements; 2.9 Diopters; 52mm thread mount; This lens is intended for use with telephotos (hence the "T" at the end of the name) but is reputedly excellent with all lenses that it'll fit.

Attachment Lens Number 5T

Two elements; 1.5 Diopters; 62mm thread mount; This lens is intended for use with telephotos (hence the "T" at the end of the name) but is reputedly excellent with all lenses that it'll fit.

Attachment Lens Number 6T

Two elements; 2.9 Diopters; 62mm thread mount';This lens is intended for use with telephotos (hence the "T" at the end of the name) but is reputedly excellent with all lenses that it'll fit.

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