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Jacques M. Posted - Feb 01 2008 : 09:28:29 AM


It was certainly not so easy to take macrophotos before WW2: rare accessories, slow films so very long exposures, necessity to be precise when carrying distances...
About accessories for prewar Feds, I have a special macro lens which we already spoke of in another topic (if you have #, don't hesitate!). Princelle writes too about a special finder in his book. Has anybody ever seen it?
I already own a special lens (a portrait attachment, says my dictionary?) written 2.0 and with a pair of spectacles in a lozenge. It came with my early Fed 1a. An accessory made in 1937-38 for Fed?

Do you know other accessories which could render the task less difficult?

Thanks. Jacques.
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Zoom Posted - Feb 03 2008 : 3:15:01 PM
Originally posted by Jacques M.

Was this special finder available before WW2? When exactly was it made?

Sorry, I don't know this exactly...

Originally posted by Jacques M.

Especially for Fed or for other factories too?

If before -- for FED only... ;)
After -- for FED, Zorki, Zorki-S, Zorki-2, Zorki-2S -- according "Spravochnik fotolyubitelya" ed. by E.A. Iofis and V.G. Pell' ("Iskusstvo", Moscow, 1962), page 320.
Jacques M. Posted - Feb 02 2008 : 04:14:41 AM
Thanks, Zoom.
Was this special finder available before WW2? When exactly was it made? Especially for Fed or for other factories too? Were there other apparatus like this one in FSU countries which could help photographers using 35mm film to take macrophotos before WW2?

Thanks. Jacques.
Zoom Posted - Feb 01 2008 : 4:00:49 PM
Originally posted by Jacques M.

...a special finder that Princelle shows p. 273

Btw, "FED near-focusing correction device" on that page made by IOMZ (Izyum), not by FED-factory (but to a FED cameras, of course).
The "Polarizing filter PF-42" was made by ZOMZ, not by "BelOMO".
Jacques M. Posted - Feb 01 2008 : 12:00:58 PM

It's certainly the language!
In my mind, it's not only a question of bellows, additional ring or special lens but a problem of finder. Impossible to know easily with a rangefinder camera if the depth of field is correct, unless we have such a special finder that Princelle shows p. 273 or the apparatus of Alain (same page).
I was only thinking of Leica and Contax type cameras. Surely it would be much easier with a bellow camera but only with extra stretch distance and frosted glass. Always accessories!

No more problems with a reflex and a macro lens nowadays...

Amitiés. Jacques.

Vlad Posted - Feb 01 2008 : 11:18:47 AM
Well I may have to disagree, if anything, it would've been much EASIER to take macro before WWII since that's when most of the cameras available were using expanding bellows, an extra stretch distance would've made macro shooting a daily task.... but with FEDs - yes, that would've been very difficult unless there were the M39 rings available for lenses...


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