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Tenax II mystery photo
Old 08-27-2015   #1
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Tenax II mystery photo

Took this picture using a Tenax II camera. So how did I do it?
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Interesting lens.
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Old 08-28-2015   #2
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Tenax closeup

Well. I guess no one cares, but, anyway, to answer all the deep, held breaths of the curious:
Picture was taken on a Multiphot with 120mm Macro Nikkor. A B2 ring bayoneted on top established flat surface to rest camera on. Focus with a Tenax II with shutter open and ground glass on focal plane ('E' screen for Nikon F). Substitute Tenax II loaded with film. Exposure determined with a Nikon FM.
Nice to have cameras with removable back to set up focus.
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Cool, but what sort of lens is this? Does it actually fit a Tenax?
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Tenax closeup

Answer to your question: The front standard of the Tenax is flat and quite wide. It was not difficult to set and center the camera on the threaded rim of a B2 (K2) ring which is 52mm male thread. The B2 ring, in turn, bayonets onto the back standard of the Multiphot. The Multiphot uses Nikon F mountings both front and back. Since the multiphot unit is vertical and the camera lies horizontally, it will stay in place with a decent light seal when you set it on the ring. The challenge was focus. For this, I used a ground glass on the film rails as I noted above. I used to use a big piece of ground glass, but a F focusing screen is a lot easier and more accurate. Hope this helps. WES
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Multiphot

I might add, for those not familiar with it, the Multiphot is a heavy, massive copy stand similar to the Leitz Aristophot. Nikon marketed it in the 70s and 80s. Quite rare, expensive and the Macro Nikkor lenses for it are also expensive. It is kind of like a microscope on steroids. But you can't do better for stationary photomacrography.
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Maybe the picture of the whole setup to further educate us.
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Multiphot & Tenax
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Multiphot & Tenax

I will do what I can. See attachment. This setup uses a BR3 ring to create surface for the Tenax to set on. WES
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Very cool set-up. Thanks.
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Hi, Raid. Have posted several photos in the gallery taken with Tenax II in the last two days. I know you might be interested. WES
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Hi Wes,
I see that you have the 7.5cm Zeiss for the Tenax II. How good is this lens?
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The 7.5cm Sonnar I have is prone to flare due, in part, to the large front element. When I use it away from light sources, it does well. I always use a shade. It is compact and light—which I do like. Not as good as the 4cm Sonnar, but certainly usable. Only focuses down to five feet. Nice for portraits. WES
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Photo using 7.5cm Sonnar on Tenax II

Here is a picture I took with the 7.5cm Sonnar on my Tenax II.
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