Can a PB-4 Bellows be Used with a Nikon D100 or D200 Successfully?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by eddie rukidding, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. I have a PB-4 bellows unit and own both a D100 and D200 DSLR.

    Is it safe to mount either camera to the PB-4?

    If so, will I be able to get any type of metering, using a manual
    focus and aperture type lens and realizing I will have to manually
    stop down the lens?

    The more I read on websites on this, the more confused I get and I
    fear damaging my cameras in the process.

    Any help appreciated!!
    eddie rukidding, Feb 24, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I'm sorry, I could not find a definitive answer on the web. I use a PB-5 on
    a D200 to good effect. [some hours of googling later] I just found out
    Nikon says I shouldn't do this (though not why I shouldn't do this) and says it will damage the autofocus electrical contacts. Hmmm... I
    did it for years with a D70 with no ill effects, and several times now on a
    D200 with no ill effects. I'm going to try to contact Nikon and ask them

    Ok, I called them, and they don't know. What a crock that was. He said,
    "It doesn't say, so if you're mounting it without any problems, I wouldn't
    worry about it." I wonder whether that individual ever used a Nikon before?

    I've just submitted an Ask Nikon a Question form. They said they'll get
    back to me within one business day. I'm not expecting anything definitive.
    Matt Clara, Feb 27, 2007
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  3. Nikon says my 28mm f4 PC of my serial number cannot
    be mounted either, but I say, "Nonsense!" ;-) The bellows
    units and early (non-AI) PC lenses may nudge the body
    meter tab a bit, but if there is no serious deformation of
    the ring it is attached to, and if the rear of the bayonette
    itself cannot contact the electrical contacts, I don't see what
    the problem could be (other than misplacing the tab a bit,
    giving an incorrect exposure, but making sure that the tab
    is back in its normal rest location around the mount after
    the lens/bellows is mounted takes care of this).
    David Ruether, Feb 27, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    And Nikon's reply:

    "Hi Matt,

    The only bellows we can recommend using on the D200 or the D70 is the PB-6
    bellows. Using any of the other bellows may damage the camera and we cannot
    support it.

    Thank you for contacting Nikon.

    Michael H"
    Matt Clara, Feb 28, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Thanks David--mind if I quote you on my website? In context, of course.
    Matt Clara, Feb 28, 2007
  6. Sorry, the above has too many "ifs" and I no longer have my
    PB-4 - and my memory is too poor to be sure the above is
    correct with the bellows if the "ifs" are removed...;-(
    BTW, all my web pages have new addresses - you may want
    to change mine on yours by adding a "don" in front of the
    "ferrario" on all pages (they then are updated...). Thanks.
    David Ruether, Feb 28, 2007

  7. Thanks for your interest in this topic.

    I read the page on your website regarding bellow use on a d200 and I
    decided to send my PB-4 to Mr. White to get his opinion on possible
    issues with mounting the unit on a D100 or D200 and to see if it can
    be modified if necessary. He had converted a few Nikkor lenses for me
    in the past.

    I'll send feedback on his findings if you are interested.
    eddie rukidding, Mar 2, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Yes, very much so. Thank you.
    Matt Clara, Mar 2, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest
    Matt Clara, Mar 25, 2007
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    Toby Guest

    Obviously you need to use the lens in stop-down mode, and just as obviously
    you can really only use old-style lenses with a manual f-stop ring. That
    being said, the D200 meters excellently in that mode.

    Toby, Mar 25, 2007
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    Aug 29, 2009
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    PB-4 definitely works with a D40 and D90

    We recently acquired a PB-4 and tried it with both the Nikon D40 and D90. The bellows definitely added a new level of versatility to our macro photography efforts.

    RainyDayInterns, Aug 29, 2009
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    Nov 18, 2010
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    Yes you can!

    Hi, I'm faced with same issue (PB-4 on Nikon D3). Done some further digging as not satisfied either with Nikon's replies... You may find this of interest/help. All you need is a mounting ring which is 'modern' and so not going to interfere with the electrical contacts on the body..
    Check out Nikon Bellows Focusing Attachment PB-4 #2 on Flickr

    Proof if ever you need it that it does work...

    You can buy suitable, inexpensive extension tubes (£9.99 including postage) at:
    Amazon Electronics

    Good luck!

    DRTphotos, Nov 18, 2010
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    Sep 15, 2010
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    I think it should be ok
    luizkutianski, Nov 20, 2010
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