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Focusing Bellows for Macro Photography


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Nobody knows the actual maker's name of most generic 

products. My own bellows are labeled as "Accura" and 

"Vivitar". I formerly used Hasselblad and Nikon bellows, 

and I seriously doubt that 'Blad and Nikon actually made 

those units. All of these can be used on Sonys, cuz they 

are the most adaptable type of cameras around. There's 

one brand that we actually know makes there own, and 

has been know for that for many decades: Novoflex. Do

check out their product line.  

  

A Nikon bellows is also a good bet. It uses Nikon mount

lenses, prolly the most common optics available. Expect 

to buy a lens or two for your bellows. It's pointless to use 

a bellows with regular camera lenses. You might choose 

to use M39 screw lenses, which includes many lenses 

made for enlargers. 

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There is a huge array of bellows lenses out there on Ebay, depending on the bayonet or adapter you are using.

If you buy a Minolta bellows, there are a small range of bellows lenses available reasonably priced, or you can buy

quality Rokkor wide angle lenses cheaply.

   The most important factor is a quality tripod and a remote trigger, alternatively you can use the inbuilt timed delay portrait trigger

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The most usefull of all bellows is the Minolta Compact Bellows. ( do a search on google) it is super compact and a joy to use.

If you are super serious about macro the consider the Minolta Bellows mk 1V AUTO BELLOWS 3, it has the ability to alter the focus planes

and bring the subject are more into the focal plane.

Good luck, it's a brave new world that macro stuff.

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