Pentacon (Praktica) Macro Close Up Bellows for M42 Screw SLR Cameras and Lenses
Pentacon (Praktica) Macro Close Up Bellows for M42 Screw SLR Cameras and Lenses, adaptable to Digital A versatile set of bellows for Praktica and other M42 screw SLR cameras and lenses, adaptable to many digital camerasMacro extension bellows35mm-125mm extensionUp to 2.5x magnificationSolid, metal constructionBuilt in 1/4″ tripod socketFor many M42 screw SLRsAdaptable to many digitalFor
Pentacon (Praktica) Macro Close Up Bellows for M42 Screw SLR Cameras and Lenses, adaptable to Digital A versatile set of bellows for Praktica and other M42 screw SLR cameras and lenses, adaptable to many digital camerasMacro extension bellows35mm-125mm extensionUp to 2.5x magnificationSolid, metal constructionBuilt in 1/4″ tripod socketFor many M42 screw SLRsAdaptable to many digitalFor many M42 screw lensesSolidly made in GermanyUsable and collectable Bellows are one of the best ways of taking really powerful macro images, with much higher magnification than extension tubes, close up lenses or even dedicated macro lenses. They fit simply between the body and lens, extending the latter for medium to extreme close ups. This one is in the popular M42 screw fitting, usable directly on lots of older screw thread SLR cameras and many new film and digital models with extra adapters (not included). In both cases, it accepts M42 screw lenses only, and not bayonet ones. This model from Pentacon (makers of Praktica cameras in the former East Germany) offers extensions from around 35mm to 125mm, for magnification ratios of between 0.7x and 2.5x life size with a 50mm standard lens. This is much more powerful than extension tubes (usually 1x), macro lenses (0.5x or 1x) and macro zooms (usually 0.2x to 0.5x). At these magnifications, you can fill the frame with something as small as an insect, a small detail of a flower or just part of a stamp. On film the frame is filled with a subject as small as 9.6×14.4mm (0.4×0.6 inches). On most digital cameras (adapter not included – see below) the frame can be filled with even smaller subjects. Other focal lengths are also usable – moderate wide angles give closer focusing and higher magnification, while telephotos give lower magnification, but with longer and more manageable working distances. Even a 135mm lens can be focused to around 1:1 (life size) when set to its closest focusing distance. Compatible with manual and aperture priority auto exposure modes on most cameras (see below). Extra exposure is required as you get closer, and TTL metering (daylight or flash) will take care of this automatically. Manual diaphragm operation is used, with stopped down metering (see below). The bellows has a large locking knob on one side (the front standard is unlocked and slid backward and forwards to vary magnification), and the base has a standard 1/4-inch tripod socket – depending on the weight of your camera and lens you may get better balance by using this instead of the one on the camera. This unit can be used on most M42 screw SLR cameras (and some others with adapters – see below), using M42 screw lenses. The rear mount can be rotated to ensure that the bellows line up squarely. Please note that cameras with overhanging prisms, grip or other obstructions may not be suitable as they can foul the bellows unit as it’s screwed on. An excellent option for M42 screw users and collectors wanting to get great close up shots. CONDITION and ACCESSORIES Condition: Excellent+++ (8.5/10) The bellows unit is in good condition with just the usual signs of use, including some paint wear, surface scratches and scrapes here and there (mainly around the tripod thread). There’s some minor corrosion inside, but this has no effect on operation or performance. The bellows themselves are in good shape, have no pinholes, and are light tight. The controls operate smoothly, and there’s very little play once everything is locked. No dents, dings, deep scratches or other damage, and overall it’s in nice shape At the time of listing we have more than one of this item, but the pictures and description here are representative of all of them. COMPATIBILITY INFORMATION This bellows is screw thread fitting for many M42 cameras including Pentax, Praktica, Pentacon, Icarex TM, Voigtlander VSL TM, Chinon, Cosina, Ricoh, Fujica, Mamiya, Yashica, Edixa, Petri, Zenith, Carena, Voigtlander Bessaflex and many, many others. Manual diaphragm, compatible with stopped down TTL metering on suitable cameras. Automatic exposure (with stopped down metering) available on cameras such as the Pentax ES/ES II, Fujica ST901 and AZ-1, Yashica AX, Chinon CE, CEII and CE-3, Cosina Hi-Lite EC, Praktica EE2 and others. It accepts many M42 screw lenses. Manual and preset types work normally, and an internal flange stops down automatic lenses as they’re fitted, which then work manually. Please note that this flange will prevent some lenses from screwing in fully (particularly full aperture metering types such as Pentax SMC Takumar, Mamiya SX, Fujinon EBC and others). Extra adapters are available (not included) to accept 39mm screw thread lenses from Leica rangefinder cameras or many enlargers. Enlarger lenses make a good choice for macro work as they’re corrected for close distances and usually have a flat field. The bellows is also usable on many bayonet cameras with adapters (not included), such as Praktica B and Jenaflex, Pentax K, Minolta MC/MD and Maxxum/Dynax, Canon FD and EOS, Contax/Yashica, Konica, Miranda, Petri, Sigma, Olympus OM, Fujica AX, Rollei SL35 (Voigtlander BM), Mamiya XTL, NC and Z series 35mm SLR cameras plus many others. Please note that the bellows accepts M42 screw lenses ONLY, and NOT bayonet ones. With the appropriate adapter (not included) M42 bellows are usable on many digital cameras from Canon (EOS and EOS M), Kodak (Canon-mount models only), Konica Minolta and Sony Alpha, Sony NEX and E-Mount, Olympus, Leica and Panasonic Four Thirds (4/3) or Micro Four Thirds, Leica M 240, Ricoh GXR Mount A12, Fujifilm X, Pentax and Samsung GX, Pentax Q, Samsung NX and Sigma SD. Please note that the bellows accepts M42 screw lenses ONLY, and NOT AF or digital ones. Please contact us if you have any questions about compatibility with your equipment.POSTAGE OR SHIPPING AT COST We only charge the actual postage or shipping costs (including delivery confirmation and insurance), with no surcharges for packaging or handling. The total weight of this item, ready for shipping, is around 620g. Please check the Postage and Payments tab for the actual costs for this item (you may need to select your country from the drop down box). 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