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Thread: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

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    Re: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    Actually, I prefer a bit longer lens for close-ups.
    Longer lenses are perfect for reproductions ( twodimensional subjects); for typically threedimensional closeups the shorter lens will give sharper results.
    This has to do with the ratio of focal length and "Bildschale" (sorry, I'm not able to translate "Bildschale", but a short look at "saggital plane" and "meridional plane" may help https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittalebene_(Optik)) which is smaller at shorter lenses, which results in smaller COC in areas away from the optical center.

    Ritchie

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    Re: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

    I got lucky today!

    As I mentioned before on this thread, for many of my macro shots, I use Minolta lenses on my large format cameras. To attach a Minolta lens to a #1 shutter, I need TWO adapters. One converts the shutter to a Leica 39mm female thread, while the other converts a Minolta bayonet mount to a Leica 39mm male thread. I have two of the first adapter, and one of the second. The first was not too difficult to find, but the latter was. While most SLR camera manufacturers made adapters to allow Leica 39mm threaded lenses to be used on their cameras, I doubt that many -- or ANY -- made adapters to allow their lenses to be used on 39mm threaded cameras. Please inform me/us if I an am wrong about this.

    The Minolta bayonet lens mount to a Leica 39mm male thread adapter that I have is unmarked/unbranded, and I think I bought it at Cambridge Camera -- years ago. But Novoflex made/makes(?) an adapter to do just that -- and I managed to nab one today for $25. There are still three "on the shelf". I don't follow brands other than Minolta, but I have got to assume that Novoflex made the same adapters for use with lenses from other major manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Olympus. Anyone have any of these or seen them?

    Novoflex's designation appears to be pretty easy to read. For example, their adapter to convert the Minolta bayonet to a Leica 39mm thread is "LEIMIN" -- Leica on the rear, and Minolta on the front. Their adapter to convert the Leica 39mm thread to a Minolta bayonet mount is "MINLEI" -- Minolta on the rear, and Leica on the front. So, I assume, for example, similar Nikon adapters would be "LEINIK" and "NIKLEI", or something like that.

    Minolta made three microscope lens thread (RMS) to Minolta bayonet adapters -- as did Olympus. I assume others, in addition to Novoflex, did as well.

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    Re: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

    Wait, these lenses cover 4x5? I remember you on the old minolta ml mailing list. "Mailing list!" Who uses those anymore?

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    Re: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by ericantonio View Post
    Wait, these lenses cover 4x5? I remember you on the old minolta ml mailing list. "Mailing list!" Who uses those anymore?
    Yes, of course they do. Check out the earlier posts on this thread.

    Also check out:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...hlight=minolta

    and

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/mygear.htm

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    Re: 4x5: If I don't have a macro type lens, what's the next alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    Yes, of course they do. Check out the earlier posts on this thread.

    Also check out:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...hlight=minolta

    and

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/mygear.htm
    Cool link and thread. I read it quickly. Will need to go over it a few times again. A little over my head

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