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Olympus OM-1(n) & OM-2 (n) - Macro photography Part II

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Telescopic Auto Tube 65-116

A brilliant OLYMPUS innovation that provides close to the range of a regular bellows unit in a compact, lightweight and highly versatile format. It functions as a portable bellows for outstanding versatility and convenience in outdoor macrophotography, medical close-up photography, etc. It even comes with a Tripod Mount that provides better balance with a tripod and that also can be removed when you intend to use it for hand-held photography. When used with all the bellow lenses such as 20mm, 38mm, 80mm and 135mm lens heads, the Telescopic Auto Tube becomes the focusing device for such lenses. It telescopes in a direct outward motion which reacts like a one touch zoom. I don't remember any other 35mm makers providing similar device, other than from the medium format Hasselblad. The Telescopic Auto Tube makes macrophotography, once a highly demanding and complex discipline, hardly more difficult than taking snapshots. It is basically also an extension tube - but it can compresses like a telescope while in operation, it works like a zoom lens, when it is folded it is 65mm long and can be extended to a length of 116mm.


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Macro flash is another function that's improved enormously by the combination of Telescopic Auto Tube, the versatile and very functional OM System flash units, and TTL Auto Flash capability. NOTE: Shown above is a Telescopic Auto Tube + Zuiko Macro 135mm Magnifications can be varying and changed between infinity and 0.43x for the Auto Macro 135mm F4.5 lens. With the Telescopic Auto Tube, the 135mm Macro lens can also be used for telephotography at infinity as an ordinary 135mm telephoto lens.

In fact a complete macro assembly can now be easily hand held for outdoor 'action' macrophotography as well as lab or studio locations. Outdoor photography remains extremely convenient even at top magnifications using the auto bellows with special macro lenses, and open aperture exposure and direct TTL OTF Direct Metering capability found in some of the OM AE (automatic exposure) bodies, etc. In indoor photography every kind of work including reproduction of documents and photographs can be carried out with total control over type of illumination as well as light quality. The maximum reproduction ratios achievable with the respective lens heads are engraved on the tube for easy reference. This unit can be used with any normal OM lens between 50mm and 200mm. Focusing screens 1-4, 1-10, 1-11 and 1-12 are recommended for use with the Auto Tube. Note: Olympus warns that it is not advisable to use two or more Auto Tubes simultaneously or an Auto Tube in conjunction with extension rings. Dimensions: 70mm diameter, 65~116mm length and it weighs 325g; the tripod mount weighs around 100g.

Copy Stand Outfit A standard type stand, 48 x 44cm, for general close-up and copy photography. Two additional lights can be constructed to the top of the 80cm high stanchion. Fine adjustment for the camera height and a locking device are provided.Ensures even lighting for flat copying work. The angle of the light bulbs to the object avoids reflections. Lighting Set Complete with two units each consisting of a stable base and a light arm. Maximum light intensity is 500W.

Table Clamp Convenient for setting up the column of the Copy Stand at the edge of a desk or table without the baseboard. Handy Copy Stand A four-legged lightweight and highly portable stand for rigid close-up and copy photography such as copying prints in sizes A4, A5 or A6 with a standard 50mm or macro lens. Leg length is adjustable in three stages. It looks more like a Tripod and I am not so sure if it is still available for sale under the OM system accessories. This unit consists of a front plate with a 49mm filter size screw thread and four adjustable legs that can be fixed at lengths that correspond to the subject distances for copying A4, A5 or A6 sized prints when a 50mm lens is used. Adapter Ring 55 - 49mm Used to connect the standard F1.2 lens to the Handy Copy Stand.

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Slide Duplicator/Copier Used in conjunction with the Auto Bellows to produce duplicates from frame mounted or strip slides. An extremely versatile accessory, this Slide Copier also can be used to make black and white or color negatives from color transparencies.
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A good accessory to use with Zuiko 1:1 Macro Lens 80mm/F4 where magnification Indicators on the Slide Copier facilitate, together with the markers on the bellows, setting various magnifications.

The Zuiko Macro 50mm/F3.5 and other normal standard lenses like Zuiko 50mm/F1.2, 50mm/F1.4 or 50mm/F1.8 can also be used. Make sure to set these lenses at infinity before use. The 55mm/F1.2 lens which has a bigger diameter would requires a step down adapter 55->49mm adapter ring.

You can make use of the slide duplicator to crop or recompose a shot or even use it to make color compensation. If only a particular portion of the slide must be duplicated, use Zuiko Macro lenses such as 38mm/F3.5 which provide higher magnification. Use the optional Roll Film Stage (see below) to facilitate duplication of roll film up to 10m (33 1/3 feet) in length.

Roll Film Stage Attached to the Slide Copier to to facilitate duplication of roll film up to 10m (33 1/3 feet) in length without the fear of giving scratches on the film surface. It can be clamped under the Film Holder of the Slide Copier with two screws to conveniently duplicate roll films.

Extension Tubes 7, 14 and 25 An economical yet quite versatile way to adapt regular lenses for close-up and moderate macrophotography. With thickness of 7mm, 14mm and 25mm, they can be used singly or in combination to make up seven different extensions. One set permits seven different combinations to give a wide range of magnifications. Although it may not be as flexible and convenient as compare to Macro lens or Telescopic AUTO Extension Tubes, but its main advantage is, it is cheap and lightweight (A set of three rings weighs like 245g and sometimes it is more versatile than a bulky bellow. Main drawback is still it cannot offers offer continuously variable magnification and require a step-by-step approach into the close-up range which may prove to be very tedious on the field shooting.

The automatic aperturing makes them very convenient to use, TTL metering also eliminates the necessity to perform exposure compensation. The 25mm extension tube, when used with the Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 macro lens it will achieve a life size reproduction ratio from 1:2 to 1:1. Not all OM extension Tubes are automatic, many tubes that was produced prior to the availability of OM2 was non-automatic.

Close-up Lenses 49mm and 55mm f=40c

Poor man alternative to macro lenses but often being discarded as a convenient source for those who rarely shooting macro. Available in both 49mm and 55mm diameters to fit all suitable OM lenses. Auxiliary lenses screwed to the filter mount of the prime lens. They allow a standard lens to be focused more than twice as close to the subject. These close up lenses usually has a filter factor of less than 1 and do not required exposure compensation.

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Epi-Illuminator PM-LSD2 A two-piece lighting set providing ideal reflected light for macrophotography Moving the filament allows you to change the position and field of illumination. Transminator LSD Used together with the Trans Illuminator Base. When shadowless lighting is required it can be used with Lieberkuhn reflectors.Filters: The round types can be used with the Epi-Illumitator PM-LSD 2 and with the Trans-Illumitator LSD. The square types can only be used with the LSD.

Incident Illuminator Mirror Housings Used with macro lenses together with the Epi-Iluminator PM-LSD2 or Macro-photographic Equipment PMT~5 to illuminate macro subjects with incident light. Especially useful for shadowless effects.
Macro photographic Equipment PMT-35 A standard set containing 26 of the 46 high precision units of Olympus Macrophoto equipment. It contains all the lenses (80mm/F4, 38mm/F3.5 and 20mm/F3.5), illumination (two Epi-Illuminators PM-LSD 2, Lieberkühn Reflectors, Stage Plates, Filters, etc.) and other equipment normally necessary for macrophotography from 0.45 to 16.5x magnifications. A few variants which are cheaper setup are also introduced later.

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Selection of Light Method The base plate is a special Trans-Illuminator Base with Illuminator attached which can be exchanged with a microscope for precision microphotography. A more economical version is called PMT-35A and available in two different subversions: PMT-35TA and PMT-35RA. Note: The OM Mount Photomicro Adapter H is used for connecting a OM SLR body to the PMT-35.
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