I bought myself a Nikon PB6 Bellows, a beautiful piece of kit, but no instructions.
Most of it is very straightforward but You Tube can be a treasure of hidden gems
I think the ones I had were meant for a std 50/1.8, that you could use a reversing ring on, but purely manual as Fe2 only, as I remember had battery power for metering & shutter actuation that would be linked to the A.E. link, so no aperture control other than manual, as linkage was via a fishtale (like) fork on the top side of the lens body, where it was supposed to meet with the camera's face for linkage to the metering system.
I am using a nice flat field Nikon, Nikkor E.L 50mm f2.8 lens. It works very well the normal way around or reversed. Reversing needs an adapter. https://www.mjkzz.com/single-post/2018/04/20/REVERSING-EL-NIKKOR-50-F28N-ENLARGER-LENSInteresting piece of kit. What do you find works best as a lens on that? Yer man seemed to be wanting to reverse his 28 mm f2.8 to get greater magnification. Can you get greater than 5x with it? (I'm Canon gear, and their kind of equivalent to that is the MP-E 65 mm, which gives 1-5x magnification. When fully retracted, it is 1x. Then you rotate the barrel and it extends the front element forwards, like a bellows mechanism, increasing magnification until you get 5x with it fully extended. One advantage is that you have electronic communication of aperture control to the camera. Not cheap though!)
I only have one that worked, I am on the look out for insect candidates but they are avoiding me.I'd be very interested to see some images that you've had from this set-up, if possible.
I am on the look out for insect candidates but they are avoiding me.
beautiful photosThey have a tendency to do that! I generally don't try to go all out for a 5x macro of live insects. A reasonable alternative that is much easier to do in the field is to use a telephoto lens to get within range of them. This is a 100-400 mm lens plus x1.4 extender @ 560 mm...
Also got plenty shots in the field with a 1x macro lens (100 mm f2.8 IS)...
I have managed to bring a few insects home alive from fishing trips and got them to pose inside the light tent. Again, just the 1x macro 100 mm f2.8...
You've got it sitting there and you are trying to focus and you are praying: "Don't you dare fly off... don't fly off..."
This is probably not the best time of year for insect work, at least "in the field" especially with a bellows set-up, wind. rain & other things are going to contribute to this a LOT. Even in places like butterfly farms - where I've done quite a bit of work, things are far from straightforward, as the fickle creatures, will soon let you know, even in bright sunlit days.
Been there, etc with standard glass & close up filters, ext. tubes etc, Now I use a Tamron 90 2.8 & have an as yet unused 40m 2.8 Nikon. The next will (probably) be a 60mm &/or perhaps another body, maybe a d7200, depends on ££££'s etc, Have also got an (supposedly, all singing) Manfrotto tripod with parrallel arm, focus stages, monopd, photo-booth etc, But just a lack of time & mobility + a few other things are cramping my style a.t.m. not to mention the odd lockdown.