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Macro/Close-up Photography with Nikon F2 Series bodies
Copy Stands and Miscellaneous Macro

 

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Model PF Copy Stand

This may be further subdivided into two different models, depending on what sort of base is used for the material to be copied. The PFC uses the wooden storage case as the base, while the PFB uses a baseboard (and does not include the case).

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For both, a long metal tube serves as a rail for a camera mount. The mount may be slid along the tube for gross adjustments, and then the camera may be moved with a rack-and-pinion mechanism relative to the mount for fine focussing.

PF-2
Repro-Copy Outfit

This is essentially the same as the PFC mentioned above. Actually, both the PFC-2 and PFB-2 exist and are different as described above. Otherwise, the outfit is essentially the same.
Note: Nikon has only a newer PF-4 copy stand available.

PA-2 Baseboard This is the baseboard included in the PFB-2 outfit mentioned above.
PA-3 Table Clamp This accessory, as you might think, clamps the repro-copy outfit to a handy table.

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PG-1 Focussing Stage

This accessory provides a geared platform for the camera and lens. When working with a specific magnification ratio, you need to move the camera back and forth to achieve focus, which the PG-1 achieves with precision and without the inconvenience of manually picking up the tripod (or other support) and shuffling back and forth. Note that the PB-4 and PB-6 both incorporate focussing stages on their lower rail(s).

PG-2 Focusing Stage

This is the same as the PG-1, but slightly modified to accomodate motorised cameras. It is still in production.

Medical Nikkor Lenses

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(Click here go to a separate section featuring Medical Nikkor lenses)

135mm f/4.0 Bellows-Nikkor

Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22; Diaphragm Control: manual, preset; Construction: 4 elements in 3 groups
Angle of View: 18 degrees; Attachment Size: 43mm (46mm); Weight: 320g (11.6 oz.)

This lens was originally designed for the Rangefinder series which has a long history back in 1959, and was intended for use on the Bellows Model 1 and the Reflex Housing; when moved to the F Reflex system, it requires an adapter tube (the BR-1/1a) for use on the Bellows Model 2. This tube both accounts for the added extension provided by the Reflex Housing and adapts the mount from the S-bayonet to the F-bayonet. On the Bellows 2, the lens focusses continuously from infinity to a 1:1 reproduction ratio. Incidentally, this lens is fairly rare and commands a correspondingly forbidding price (not in the range of the 1000f/6.3 but still fairly high -- appox. $1 500 US in good shape).

105mm f/4.0 Bellows-Nikkor

Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32 in 1/3 stop increments
Diaphragm Control: manual, preset
Construction: 5 elements in 3 groups

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Angle of View: 23.3 degrees
Attachment Size: 52mm
Lens Hoods: HN-8 or HS-4
Lens Case: CL-31
Dimensions and Weight: 64mm dia. x 55mm long; 230g 2.5 in. dia. x 2.2 in. long; 8.1oz.

Nikon Description: Designed exclusively for use with bellows focusing attachments, this lens focuses continuously from infinity to 1.3x magnification when used with the PB-4 or PB-5 bellows unit. Focusing is done by adjusting the bellows extension. The lens has a preset diaphragm with two intermediate click stops between each pair of settings for more precise exposure adjustments.

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What can I say about this lens that hasn't already been beaten to death? It was later offered with a dual-helicoid focussing mount as the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/4.0 (in non-AI, AI, and AI-S versions) and proved its quality a million times over. I own the AI version; it is my most versatile lens and my only gripe is that the whole thing looks massive and ungainly when racked out to 1:1 on a PN-11 (but I can see exactly why Nikon decided to offer a tripod foot on its largest tube). It is nice that the Bellows 105 can cover the movements afforded by a PB-4, but large format lenses can be had for comparable money and presumably adapted to work with the PB-4 (or the Horseman View Camera Converter ...)

<<< --- The Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/4.0 has enjoyed a fine reputation as one of the sharpest Nikkor optic. This is a true SLR lens and does not rely on bellow extension to adjust focus.

There are several reasons NOT to buy a Bellows 105mm f/4.0: it isn't multicoated; the Micro versions are 1/3 the price; it has a manual diaphragm; you need to carry a bulky, heavy, fragile bellows with it you need to stop down for good performance (f/8.0-f/11). However, it does offer better performance than the older 135mm f/4.0 and will focus back to infinity on the proper bellows unit. Note that the 105mm f/4.0 Preset (with single-helicoid focussing mount, shared between the rangefinders and reflex cameras) is not the same lens; the older lens has three elements in three groups and is designated appropriately, as a Nikkor-T.

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Standard
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
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Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |
Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
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100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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