I've had limited macro experience with my 35mm's (Nikon FM and FE). I've only used a 55mm micro-Nikkor, f3.5. I had lots of fun with it, but always wanted more. as in a bellows. I picked up a non-Nikon bellows unit off eBay and it seems to be in good working condition. The world of bellows on the 35mm is all new and I was hoping someone might be able to decipher/explain the markings on the rails for me. There are two different sets on each rail and the sets on the two rails differ from each other as well. Attached are some pics. Sorry for the quality.
The numbers are magnification and exposure factors so you can set an appropriate exposure compensation for the bellows extension. You'll have to figure out which scale applies to your use. I suspect the side with the high magnifications is for use if two bellows units are ganged together, and with the single bellows you will use the side that starts at 1x, but I am not familiar with this unit, nor am I the king of macro. If you can meter through the camera with the lens stopped down to what you are going to shoot, like my k1000 will do, you can forgo it.
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