|Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:13 pm Post subject: DIY Macro Rig
|As they saying goes "necessity is the mother of all inventions". I have wanted a self contained macro rig for a long time so I finally set myself to building one. The rig is attached to a piece of 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The camera/bellows/macro focusing rail is attached to a Z-Flex base and on to a "sled" of MDF that slides between two rails. This sled can be locked in place by a 5/16" star knob. Attached on the other side of the rails is a XYZ macro stage by Wemacro that sits atop a scissors lift lab table. On top of this I place my PVC light tent over which I place up to 3 studio strobes as needed. I have done everything from 1:5 to 5:1 and it works brilliantly.
Nikon FTn, Nikkormat FT2, Nikon F2A , F4E, Nikonos V D850, D500 and D700. 8mm f/2.8 AIS, 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye AIS, 15mm f/3.5 AIS, 18mm f/3.5 AIS, 24mm f/2 AIS, 28mm f/2 AIS, 28mm f/3.5 and 35mm f/2.8 UW-Nikkors, 35mm f/1.4 AIS, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 55mm f/2.8 AIS Micro w/ PK-13, 85mm f/1.4 AIS, 105mm f/1.8 AIS, 135mm f/2 AIS, 180mm f/2.8 ED AIS, 200mm f/4 Micro AIS and PN-11, 200mm f/2 ED-IF AIS, 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS, 400mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS, 600mm f/4 ED-IF AIS, TC14B and TC300.
Hasselblad 500CM with PM-90 eye level finder and assorted A12 and A16 backs, Carl Zeiss C and CF T* 40mm f/4. 60mm f/3.5. 80mm f/2.8, 150mm f/4 and 250mm f/5.6
AF lenses are for sissies!