Fri 15-Jan-10 02:59 AM | edited Fri 15-Jan-10 02:59 AM by robsb
Ron sorry for the confusion. Yes you need the PK-13 with the 55 mm Micro Nikkor to get to 1:1. Mine is the AIS version f/2.8 and it is very easy to focus. My comment was really related to the fact that if you use the ES-1, and a DX camera, you must add a spacer between the front of the lens and the back of the ES-1. You don't need to do that with a D700. Also if you use a PB-6 bellows,you do not need any tube between the camera and the bellows, even though Nikon says you do and you only have to attach the lens directly to the PS-6 slide copy attachment. An alternative is if you have a bellows, you can still screw the ES-1 onto the lens with no PK-13 on the back as the collapsed bellows has the same extension as the PK-13. As John says the ES-1 is a pain to use because it is just a sliding tube with a frosted plastic front and a slot for a slide, but it is easy to misalign, so that is why I gaffer tape it if I use it. I prefer the bellows because it is repeatable and quick and can change the area that you copy with a few knob twists. Finally like John, I have found that Camera Control 2 and Live View makes the task even easier. Like I said I have many slides and film negatives I have copied with this arrangement both with the D200 and now the D700. The D700 is better for this purpose. I then process the NEF in Capture NX2. I am happy with the results. As soon as I get a chance I will compare using this set up with my new V700 scanner to see how close they are. The scanner will let me copy 12 slides at a time,and apply Digital ICE or SilverFast, so it it is close, I will probably use that for most of my transfers.