Nikon D100 and bellows Pb4

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Axel Kurth, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Axel Kurth

    Axel Kurth Guest

    does anyone have experience or knowledge if one can use
    the Pb4 bellows in specific the Ps4 slide copy attachment
    on a Nikon D100. there is nothing on the Nikon web nor
    did i find anything on google
    Axel Kurth, Jan 20, 2004
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    Bruce Murphy Guest

    It should end up working much like any other manual lens (non-P) on
    the F80, to wit you're not going to get metering.

    I think it would be useful for someone to build (or specify so someone
    else can build) the electrical contacts required into a very short
    extension ring to permit MF macro work to be done on one of the new
    lower-end Nikons. For a lens where you *can't* stop down, any CPU
    information that reported the lens fully open would work.

    Bruce Murphy, Jan 21, 2004
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    KBob Guest

    PB4 works fine on the D100.
    KBob, Feb 17, 2004
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Watch out for dust being "pumped" straight onto the sensor...
    It might become quite a nuisance, especially if the PB4 isn't
    brand new.
    Paolo Pizzi, Feb 18, 2004
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    Axel Kurth Guest

    since this was my original thread and since I did not get
    the complete answer, here the next question,
    has anyone used a D100 or another digital SLR to copy slides,
    if yes what are the results it seems such a setup
    would be faster than a Slide scanner ?
    Axel Kurth, Feb 18, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Potentially, but you would need to carefully clean your slides first,
    you would still have a lot of manipulation of slides to do. In theory,
    once you get your back lighting right, it should go pretty quick and
    require minimal screwing around in PS.

    That's the theory. Reality is that it usually does take adjustment, and
    I believe you will spend a lot of time fixing dust/scratches that you
    could easilly get around using scanner ICE.

    I'm not sure you'll get a speed gain using bellows;
    I'm pretty sure you'll have a quality loss.

    In any case, if you already have the bellows and slide copying kit, then
    you should be able to test this out pretty quick.

    Alan Browne, Feb 18, 2004
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    Axel Kurth Guest

    I will test this setup out when I get my D70
    I have held back on a D100 and really was not sure if
    I should get a slide scanner now or wait for the DSLR
    Axel Kurth, Feb 19, 2004
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    KBob Guest

    That's precisely what lens and body caps are for. Get an extra set
    and keep them on the bellows when it's stored, solves the problem
    without keeping it in a box. And it is indeed a problem (voice of
    experience on this).

    Incidentally, the PB4 (and I assume other Nikon bellows types) won't
    fit on the 14n without adding a spacer because of the "chin."

    Also I've found that the PB4's rear attachment ring often becomes very
    stiff from hardening of the grease at the joint. Carefully inject a
    drop or two of non-oxidizing oil into the joint and work it around a
    while until it frees up.
    KBob, Feb 19, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    ....'pumping' unfortunately occurs during photography too. Your 'voice
    of experience' probably tells you that it's hard to take photos with
    caps in place. ;-).

    If there were a way to add a clear optical glass element (a UV filter
    would be close enough) to the back of the bellows, that would help, but
    I don't think there is an easy/practical way to do this.
    Alan Browne, Feb 19, 2004
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