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Frankenbellows with Frankenflash

Olympus E-3 with Zuiko Digital 12-60mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 lens, two 4'x5' softboxes with 1200 joules from a Speedotron 4800 pack.

I love "frankensteining" equipment, making something that didn't exist before. I started with a Nikon PB-4 tilt-shift bellows, and drilled and tapped 2mm screw holes in a salvaged OM lens mount on the front, and a µ4/3rds mount on the rear.

On top is the 3/4rds System FC-01 Macro Flash controller, which provides TTL macro flash through both 4/3rds and µ4/3rds cameras.

On front is the wonderful OM Zuiko T-8 macro ringlight — never been anything like it before or since! Think of "beauty dish for bugs."

To get it to work with the FC-01, I had to find the proper replacement-part cable, and add a trigger transformer.

35mm · f/8.0 · 1/125s · ISO 100
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