Problem focusing with bellows

Hi all,

photo of the current setup

I’ve set up a negative scanning table with my Nikon D500, Micro Nikkor 60mm 2.8 1:2.8 D, and Nikon PB-6 bellows. (the negative holder is still on the way)

I’m having trouble focusing on the negatives. I can get it sharp, but only when it’s too zoomed in/cropped, I’m not getting the full image. I’ve tried just about everything, is there any way to achieve this using the bellows?

Any help at this point would be greatly appreciated, been watching videos and reading forum posts for a few hours and don’t seem to be getting anywhere.

You probably don’t need the bellows for this lens/camera combination. 1) Try focusing with just the lens - no bellows. Or 2) pull the lens closer to the camera so you get less magnification. .I had this problem too. I do use the bellows but I have to compress them all the way with a 55mm lens.

According to these specs, your lens can go to a max. reproduction ratio of 1.0x.

Taking a uncropped shot of a full frame (24x36mm) negative with an APS-C Nikon D500 (15.7x23.5mm sensor) requires a ratio of less than 1.0 (approximately 0.66 or 1/crop factor) and this means that you can and should use the lens without bellows.

Thanks both of you for the replies - I’ve just tried it without the bellows and it works fine. I was hoping there was a way I could use the bellows also just because I have them here, but no problem, to eBay they go. Thanks again.