#1. "RE: pb2 bellows and d80 camera" In response to Reply # 0 Wed 11-Jul-12 05:42 PM by Leonard62
Hatboro, Pa, US
You probably mean the Model II bellows made for the Nikon F in 1959. The problem with mounting a digital body on these old bellows is the camera grip extends out from the body and hits the bellows rails. The older F and F2 bodies had no grips so there was no interference.
What you need is to get an extension tube between the body and the bellows mount to allow clearance to the rails. I'm sure a Nikon PK-13 would fit but you might want less extension. Any generic ring that gives you clearance would work. The D80 doesn't need an AI model.
After you get the clearance problem solved you need to put the camera in M mode. Also be aware you will not have any metering from the D80 so you will have to guess at the exposure and experiment. The lens you choose will need to be used in stop down mode since the bellows offers no way to automatically stop down the lens.
That's all you need to do. Do a lot of experimenting with lenses, bellows extension and exposure to get the macro photo you want.
edit: Also what lens are you planning to use? An AFS lens won't work because without an aperture ring the lens will stay fully stopped down. A manual focus lens or an AF D lens with aperture ring will work. I would recommend a manual focus 50mm lens to start. The Nikon 50mm f2.0 lens has a nice flat field and is quite sharp. They are very reasonable to buy used from a source like KEH. The model II bellows has calibration marks on the rails for this lens however with added extension I'm sure it is no longer accurate. AI or non-AI doesn't matter. KEH would also be a good place to look for extension tubes.
#2. "RE: pb2 bellows and d80 cameras" In response to Reply # 1
Welcome to Nikonians!
>....................................................................An AFS lens >won't work because without an aperture ring the lens will stay >fully stopped down. A manual focus lens or an AF D lens with >aperture ring will work.
Len ment to say: A "G" type lens (AF or AF-S) won't work because without an aperture ring the lens will stay fully stopped down. (There are AF-S lenses that are also "D" types and have aperture rings.) Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!