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EL-Nikkor tilt experiments

 
mfturner
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Mar 06, 2017 21:50 |  #1

A few hand tilted experiments with a 30 year old enlarger lens (75mm F4N El-Nikkor). All are at f/4

No tilt

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Tilt down
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Tilt up
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No tilt
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Tilt up
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Tilt down
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Setup, lens with foam rubber-banded around the threads, body cap with center removed for previous pinhole experiments
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Setup with camera
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Background rambling - I have had this enlarger lens since I had a Bronica 645, and I suppose it has about 3" diameter of useful focus field. The Bronica is long since gone, but the enlarger lens made it through a bunch of moves and I was eyeing it the other day to either get rid of it or re-purpose it. I have a bunch of old 120 roll film still, and I was pondering building a holga-esque body and mating this to it, but I haven't gotten around to it. I have tried free-lensing it in front of the 60D before, but I never did anything to black out the 1.5 cm gap between the lens and the body before, and was never happy with it in that fashion. Today I cut a small strip of black closed cell foam, coiled it to fit around the lens threads, stuck it in the modified body cap which makes a very close fit, and started playing with it. All of these have some accidental tilt and shift, being hand-held.

The poodle has always been a difficult subject when she is facing me, for a close portrait her nose is very out of focus if her eyes are sharp without a very deep DOF. These aren't great, but they show some possibilities with her, and I'll keep playing, maybe including some smaller aperture attempts (the lens adjust from f/4 to f/22 in whole stop increments). And definitely in better light...



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maverick75
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Joined May 2012
Riverside,California
Mar 06, 2017 22:07 |  #2

I use a tilt adapter I got off eBay on my Sony, at $25 it was super cheap for being all aluminum with CNC machined flanges and a built in Tri pod foot. Whenever I guy CNC'd brackets for my car in this size they're $100-200.

Since I use a lot of Samyang/Rokinon glass I needed a adapter anyways, glad I went with the tilt.

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