Minolta macro Kit

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Stephen M. Gluck, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. I just got a complete Minolta macro Kit consisting of the following,
    Auto Bellows I, Focusing Rail, Macro stand, Angle Finder V, Slide
    copying attachment, close-up rings, reversing ring and roll film
    copying hardware. plus all the literature on ie, pamphlets,
    instruction manuals. My question is this. It seems to be pretty dark
    in the viewfinder when the macro stand is attached and I am looking at
    the 18% grey scale on the stand. Does anyone know of a way of
    lighting this with quartz halogen lighting as I have seen on copy
    stands by other manufacturers ? I plan on using my 50mm f3.5 macro
    with the system.
    Stephen M. Gluck, Jan 6, 2004
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  2. It is going to be dark. Forget the maximum f-stop on your lens - as soon
    as you put it on a bellows, you're never going to see that again. There
    ought to be some kind of conversion either on the bellows itself, or with
    the instructions. And yeah, you're gonna need a lot of light.

    You can help matters somewhat by using a different lens. Maybe the 50mm
    f1.7 would work better. You still need to meter stopped down though.
    Again, all this should be in your documentation. As with all things, rtfm.

    Mike Lipphardt, Jan 6, 2004
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  3. I do a bit of macro stand photography with a Nikon F4, an Ftn, and the PB-4
    bellows, usually with a 105 mm lens. I use my Benbo tripod (a big one)
    instead of a stand since it will allow the post to be inverted and the legs
    are about infinitely adjustable. While not as convenient as a copy stand,
    it is a lot cheaper for the limited use I make of a copy stand.

    For lighting I do a couple of things -

    (1) I have a couple of the flexible neck high intensity desk lamps with very
    bright low wattage bulbs - these used to be called "Tensor" lights, and were
    (are?) popular with college students. These can be placed very near the
    work for spotlighting. I often use two - one placed on each side of the
    subject to deal with shadows.

    (2) I made a little light table. This is nothing more than a piece of
    frosted glass about 12 x 12 inches that is supported by 4 small blocks about
    2 inches high at each corner. Under it I place two small incandecent light
    strips each about 8 inches long (facing up of course). This backlights the
    subject with a flat fairly bright light. The little under cabinet fixtures
    I found have a hi-low position on the switch which allows some variation in
    intensity. For less light, I turn the fixture on its side and let it
    reflect off white cardboard.

    I often use the little light table in combination with the high intensity
    lights to evenlly light a subject.

    All the pieces and parts can be found at Walmart, Staples and/or Home Depot.
    Pieter Litchfield, Jan 6, 2004
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