The Twenty Dollar Bellows

A while ago I picked up an almost new Minolta MD macro bellows set including the slide copier.

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Already having a twelve dollar e mount adapter I stuck it on my MD Macro lens and my A7 and the result was a fifty dollar twenty four million pixel scanner-

Ilford HP5 scanned with the Sony A7 and the Minolta Macro- not bad.
Ilford HP5 scanned with the Sony A7 and the Minolta Macro- not bad.
The A7 seems to capture the grain of the film but not as full on as a normal scanner
The A7 seems to capture the grain of the film but not as full on as a normal scanner
You can adjust exposure in the capture, great control and the electronic viewfinder of the A7 makes it easy.
You can adjust exposure in the capture, great control and the electronic viewfinder of the A7 makes it easy.
Now all I need to do is rig up a 120 format adapter.
Now all I need to do is rig up a 120 format adapter.

Not only can you copy film but you can do macro work as well-

Portrait of a tiny Dr Who figure
Portrait of a tiny Dr Who figure
The centre of a tiny leaf, converted to black and white
The centre of a tiny leaf, converted to black and white

One thought on “The Twenty Dollar Bellows”

  1. Interesting setup, did you use flash in front of the copier? I have the 100mm f3.5 MC macro, I’m afraid it won’t fit in between the bellow and copier.

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