That's interesting, Graham. Do you have a preferred setup, and do you have any examples to show which setup works best for you?
Wonderful examples on Flickr, Graham. Thank you for your link.
Graham, I have 2 10 x 8 Plate cameras you could use the cloth for! Ed.
Never thought of that.
Used them for Commercial work in the 50's, there is an art working under a cloth
About 5/6 years ago, shop dumped the 10 x 8 Kodak auto focus enlarger, big beast, bought in the 30's, even the foot switch was heavy.
Had a bellows attachment for it, could make a 3" x 2" print from a half plate, 4.75" x 6.5", neg or plate.
Came with its own floor stand, whole thing was massive. Ed.
Those were the days. The older I get, the better I was......
Graham, I was thinking of toying with a bit of macro..extension tubes or bellows? My gear is Sony/Minolta with a good count of Minolta 'legacy' glass. I plan on being mobile with the kit.
Graham, I found a set of Minolta Extension Tubes, and bought them. The lens is what I have trouble with now. I would like to stay with the older manual focus Minolta's if I can. I have a choice of Sony A7 (FF) or A77 (APS-C) I have several 50mm, 55mm, 58mm, 135mm, but no dedicated 'Macro' lenses. ( I have 2 zooms that have a macro setting..35-70 and 28-85 but I don't think 1:1 is possible with them) I have seen a set of bellows with a dedicated bellows lens (100mm f4) for $160cad that is in reach. I just don't know where to start, my first adventure with a piece of popcorn (liberated from grand daughter under much protest) a 58mm f1.4 and the three tubes was dismal at best.
I'll admit I did not have the time needed to to do a proper assessment, (grandchildren are more fun when your on the floor with them). The images were blah, no colour, or definition. Image was a piece of popcorn,on blue bench, with 3 ext. tubes (max) A7,with Minolta 58mm f1.4. No I did not save image-should have in hindsight. I'll do another this afternoon, and if I can figure out how to load it I will.