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    Calumet CC-402 "extension box?"

    I won a CC-402 for architectural use. A guy was selling online wrote that he used an "extension box" so that he could use longer lenses. Is anyone familiar with that? I ask because I may want to take an occasional portrait.

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    Since toe bellows are short for using short focal length (wide angle)lenses, you must add bellows to focus longer focal length lenses. If you are trying to use a 300mm lens on it you may run out of bellows extension before you achieve focus, especially if your subject is closer than infinity. I use a CC-400 and CC-401 with a recessed lens board for architecture, and do not have problems focusing on anything close as I have plenty of bellows travel, especially with the 401(22 inch bellows). You shouldn't have any problems using a 150mm lens for portraits with the 402. I read that someone uses a recessed lens board reversed (extension outward instead of inward)for longer lenses.

    Congrats on the CC-402, its supposed to be a good camera. It uses softer bellows material than the 400 and 401 models for allowing decent movements with the shorter bellows draw.
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    Thank you for your reply Rick. I was wondering if a recessed board could be flipped and used.

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    I have the wide angle Calumet, it can handle a 190mm to around 15 feet. That info is no help to you. Reversing a board won't work if it's a Calumet because of the lip around the standard board. In any case you can buy a standard or long rail model for well under $100. That's what I did. I have a Long Rail model (26") that I cut down to 20" Plenty long enough for still life or portrait. Making up a woodboard with a tophat is not worth the trouble with the prices on e-bay.

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    Hi, Thank you sir.

    You're saying just with a longer monorail I can use a longer focal length lens, i.e. 190mm? Or, will I need to have a substitute bellows?

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    You cannot change the bellows on the old Calumets. Well, you could, but its a major teardown.
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