Modern Classic SLR Series
Macro/Close-up Photography with Nikon F2 Series bodies
Nikon F and F2 Bellows and Slide Units Part II


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Macro lenses are very flexible to photographer. Other than close-up photography, you can make use of them as a normal lens or a telephoto.

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135mm f/2.8: 0.3-1.5x (normal position); 510-220mm working distance (normal position); inf-0.9x (reversed); inf-200mm working distance (reversed); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (normal position); image quality is good a high magnifications but corner image quality degenerates at infinity (reversed)

135mm f/3.5:
0.3-1.5x (normal position)
; 530-240mm working distance (normal position); inf-0.8x (reversed); inf-250mm working distance (reversed); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (normal position); image quality is good a high magnifications but corner image quality degenerates at infinity (reversed)

135mm f/4 Bellows:
inf-1x (normal position)
; inf-230mm working distance (normal position); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (normal position)

200mm f/4:
0.2-1x (normal position)
; 1260-550mm working distance (normal position); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (normal position)

300mm f/4.5:
0.1-0.8x (normal position)
; 2390-980mm working distance (normal position); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (normal position)

500f/5 Reflex:
0.3-0.4x (normal position)
; 2140-1650mm working distance (normal position)

43~86mm f/3.5 Zoom; 1.1-4x (normal position, 43mm); 30-0mm working distance (normal position, 43mm); 2.4-5.4x (reversed, 43mm); 55-46mm working distance (reversed, 43mm); 0.8-2.2x (normal position, 86mm); 160-65mm working distance (normal position, 86mm); 0.9-2.5x (reversed, 86mm, focussed to 1.2m); 134-68mm working distance (reversed, 86mm, focussed to 1.2m); the further the lens is stopped down, the better the image quality (all settings).

Credit: My friend John Walls, Florida, US for his image on the Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm Zoom.

PB-3 Bellows Unit

The PB-3 is a nice compact bellows unit. It only engages to the camera in a landscape (horizontal) format, so you get to do fun tripod tricks when taking vertical shots.

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The extension provided ranges between 33 and 142mm. There is a lock at the bottom of the front standard to hold a given extension, and a tripod bushing at the bottom of the (fixed) rear standard. Instead of the twin tracks of the Bellows 2, the PB-3 uses a single triangular-cross section rack. The bellows are octagonally shaped, instead of the squarely-shaped bellows found on all other Nikon units. For the collector in you, the PB-3 is darn-near impossible to find.

PB-4 Bellow Unit: Offering a extension range of 43mm to 185mm and both shifts and tilts on the front standard the PB-4 & PS-4 is an extremely useful addition to any Nikon system.

The Nikon PB-4 & PS-4 will work with all Nikon single lens reflex camera bodies and lenses. Its basic attractive features include: Extremely sturdy 4 rails construction; extension range of 43mm-185mm; Geared Rear Standard; Geared Front Standard and tripod mounting stage; Front standard swing of ± 25°; Front standard Shift of ± 10mm; will work with virtually all Nikon bodies and lenses.

There are many who mourn the passing of the PB-4, as it provides many useful features. One of them is a tripod foot mounted on its own geared twin tracks (which obviates the need for an additional focussing rail -- i.e. for a given magnification ratio setting, you can move the whole assembly back and forth on top of your tripod until everything's in focus), which the PB-4 shares with the PB-6. But what most people buy the PB-4 for (and why, used, it often costs more than the PB-6) is the ability to swing and shift the lens. The front standard shifts (horizontally) 10mm to either side and swings (horizontally, again) up to 25 degrees to the right or left. These may easily be converted into rise/fall and tilt by flopping the tripod head to the vertical.

Generally, the PB-4 is paired with the 105f/4 Bellows, which allows the swings and shifts to be used at minimum extension. Since most lenses' image circles will increase in area as they are focussed closer via extension, many other lenses will cover the film area adequately with the proper amount of extension. Since the total price of the PB-4 with the 105mm f/4.0 Bellows is fairly steep (the 105mm f/4.0 Bellows is a rare lens -- although it is inconvenient to use [preset diaphragm], and the optics of the 105mm f/4.0 Micro are the same, there aren't too many Bellows lenses floating around), many Nikoneers choose to use either the old Canon FD 35f/2.8 TS (adapted or on an old F-1 body) or one of the newer EF TS-E lenses on a cheap EOS body (having an automatic diaphragm, not to mention a choice of focal lengths [24, 45, 90] and tilting available, is a godsend).

Both the front and rear standards may be moved along the top twin tracks independently, although only the front standard has the shift and swing available. All of the movement knobs (front and rear standards, tripod foot) are on the left side of the bellows; the semi-triangular knobs on the right side all lock the appropriate movements.

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The extension ranges from 43 to 185mm. The camera may be rotated from horizontal to vertical (and back again) via a button on the right side of the rear standard. You may use either the PS-4 or PS-5 on the PB-4.

The two levers on the front standard lock the (friction-set) shift and swing movements; the top lever (i.e. closer to the lens) locks the shift and the bottom lever locks the swing. To release these locks, slide them towards the left side of the bellows (i.e. the side with the movement knobs, not the movement locking knobs).

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PB-5 Bellows Unit

The PB-5 is a PB-4 with three critical exceptions:
The lower rails are removed, so the tripod mount(s) are fixed in place at the front and back of the rails. The front standard does not shift. The front standard does not swing. Again, the movement knobs are on the left side of the bellows unit, their corresponding locking knobs are on the right, and the front and rear standards may move independently. The extension range is also 43-185mm and it also accepts the PS-4 or PS-5.

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