Pentax Auto Bellows & K5 advice needed


AndyElliott

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 15:23
Hi everyone,

I recently won an auction for a Pentax Auto Bellows unit.

It a K-mount unit in excellent condition and is beautifully well made. The only trouble is I can't seem to fit the K5 body to it as the bottom front of the camera juts out too far.
Is there a way round this or do I need an adapter ring or something? Any advice is, as always, much appreciated.

thanks in advance & all the best
Andy

Spaceman_Spiff

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 15:42
Ah, so you're the guy who beat me to them!
Better equipment enhances my ability to display my shortcomings.

petrochemist

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 17:11
I've not got the same model, but some of my bellows foul on the flash housing.
I have to use a short extension tube before the bellows to get them to fit.
Mike
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Pentax:K5ii, K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, Sony & micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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Last Edited by petrochemist on 20/02/2012 - 17:13

AndyElliott

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 17:35
petrochemist wrote:
I've not got the same model, but some of my bellows foul on the flash housing.
I have to use a short extension tube before the bellows to get them to fit.

Thanks Mike, any particular make?

Spaceman_Spiff wrote:
Ah, so you're the guy who beat me to them!

maybe - it was about 2 weeks ago...

all the best
Andy

coker

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 17:56
I have that bellows unit, Andy, & use it with my K7.

Have you tried releasing the camera mounting ring from the unit? When looking from the camera end, it's the chrome/knurled locking knob on the right.
Mount the camera to the ring then, with the rear standard as far back as it will go, locate the mounting ring with the camera attached & lock in.

Hope this helps,

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!
Last Edited by coker on 20/02/2012 - 17:57

AndyElliott

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 17:59
Thanks Roger,

I'll have another look.

cheers
Andy

petrochemist

Link Posted 20/02/2012 - 18:12
AndyElliott wrote:


Thanks Mike, any particular make?

I've got several models (Helios, BPM & pheonix??) though it may be the case with all of them.
Coker's tip might well solve my problem anyway, (thanks Roger!) must make sure I remember it.
Mike
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Pentax:K5ii, K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, Sony & micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

.[size=11:].Flickr WPF Panoramio
Last Edited by petrochemist on 20/02/2012 - 18:13

CrazyCanuck

Link Posted 29/03/2012 - 17:33
For what it's worth, I had the same problem with the MZ-S and found that any of the Pentax auto extension tubes can be used to retro-fit the bellows unit to the camera. I haven't had any real chance to take any pictures that way yet but I used a #1 tube to connect the camera body to the bellows. Ultimately it will depend on how much movement you want out of the bellows, any of the three would work it's just the larger tube will limit your ability to ratchet back the bellows.
It's not the years, it's the mileage....Indiana Jones
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