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This is the older version of this MFU. It's huge and weighs about 6 lbs. I have removed the base, that attaches it to a boom stand, and replaced it with a wood base to attach to my set-up. Just have to figure out how to mount the specimen on the large moveable top piece that is permanently fixed to the base.


A newer version currently available. Seems that they have improved the focus dials.
HERE

EDIT - 2 Feb 09
Rik wrote this
"Please avoid posting images in someone else's topic, unless that person has clearly indicated that followup images are welcome."
HERE
I welcome other images of focus blocks and/or images showing how they are used.


EDIT: 3 Nov 08 - title changed
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NU.
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Post by mgoodm3 »

I could use something like that (vertically oriented). I am using a micrometer stage at present, but that provides extremely fine movement - plus the coarse movement to get started.

Where are focus blocks found?

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Post by NikonUser »

mgoodm3 wrote: Where are focus blocks found?
Click on "HERE" in my original post, and/or check on e-bay.
NU.
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by mgoodm3 »

The statement of where to find them and a "here" button should have tipped me off. :lol:

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Post by Charles Krebs »

NU,

This should be a great piece for your purposes.
how to mount the specimen on the large moveable top piece that is permanently fixed to the base
I have the similar Olympus piece and no first hand experience with the Nikon you show here, but I would be extremely surprised if that "top piece" is not removable. (But don't dig too deep if you think you might wind up looking for dozens of small ball-bearings on the floor :wink: )

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Post by NikonUser »

The black top plate looks as though it will come off, 4 screws. The moving piece is attached to a conveyor belt in a window; you can just see the front end of this window. I don't think I will attempt any disassembly. Tried to fix a very smooth running fan once, and lost the 2 ball bearings that the shaft impinged upon.

On another note. Finally got hold of a 50/2.8 El-Nikkor (the older one, without the N). Has a female thread on the front that appears to be 40mm diam. I believe this lens has to mounted in reverse on my bellows (Nikon PB-6). Do you know if the diameter is 40mm or perhaps 39 or 41 mm?
NU.
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by mgoodm3 »

39 mm male threading. You can get 39mm to f-mount adapters on Ebay if you want to mount one normally. Reversed you will need a 40.5 mm - 52 mm step-up ring.

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Post by NikonUser »

Thanks, exactly what I need to know.
NU.
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by mgoodm3 »

I haven't gotten the 39 --> fmount adapter in the mail yet (mailed from china :shock: ), but I hope it will work fine. Should get it soon.

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Post by augusthouse »

In reference to lense aspect:

Another option is to use a Nikon BR2A. It has a Nikon bayonet fitting on one side which attaches to Nikon bellows or extension rings and a 52mm male thread on the other that will atttach to the filter thread of a reversed Micro Nikkor, for eg; or the female 52mm thread on a 40.5mm - 52mm step-up ring.

Google Image Search results for Nikon BR2A.
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q ... ages&gbv=2

To enclose and protect the end of a reversed Nikon lense, EL-Nikkor or Micro Nikkor I use a Nikon BR3. It allows you to attach filters... To use the BR3 with a reversed EL-Nikkor you will still need the 39mm to Nikon Mount adapter.

Google image search results for Nikon BR3:
http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&h ... rch+Images

Craig

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Post by mgoodm3 »

Got the M39 --> F-mount adapter today. Works fine for mounting an enlarger lens normally (providing it has 39 mm threads which is typical for all but the longest focal lengths). Got it from a chinese seller on Ebay $14.95 free shipping (took about 2 weeks).

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Post by augusthouse »

NU,

Just a thought.

Have you considered the advantages of using this particular focus block in a vertical configeration? It would require using the 24.5mm post mount attachment or the four bolt holes on the back side for mounting to a suitable base. The nosepiece mounting dovetail assembly could be utilised to support an appropriate stage.

I am working on a similar arrangement myself using an Olympus BHMJ focus block in a vertical configeration.

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Getting back to the horizontal approach...How much useable 'thread' is there in the highlighted areas of the image below? It is hard to tell from the angle of the image; but there appears to be a thread in there to which a horizontal plate serving as a stage could be attached??

Image

There also appears to be a good area, indicated in the image below, for attaching a right-angle bracket to the "moveable piece", such as the Thorlabs AP90 or a Newport 360-90, just as an example. A suitable stage or platform could then be attached to the right-angle bracket.

http://www.lightglassoptics.com/Thorlab ... 4-546.html


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Craig
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Post by NikonUser »

Craig, thanks for your interest.
For horizontal use:
I have rigged up a specimen holder for this block; not pretty, but stable as can be appreciated from the lower image of the chelicerae:
HERE
the distance between the two outside tips is exactly 0.40mm.
Problem now is the halos that HF puts around parts of specimens.

Those 2 front holes are 1/8" diameter and 3mm deep with an unknown thread. However the back vertical plate is 7cm high and has potential for adding a specimen holder.

For vertical use:
I certainly prefer working in a horizontal configuration but for temporary wet mounts I really need to work vertically so that the subject stays in the horizontal plane. The Pseudoscorpion was in a vertical plane; had to leave it overnight, before photographing, to allow it to slide down to the bottom of the slide and stabilize. Much better if I could photograph it flat.
Currently I am trying to modify an enlarger stand to use the set-up in a vertical alignment.

From what I have seen, the Olympus BHMJ block appears to be more adaptable than this Nikon block.
NU.
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by augusthouse »

NU,
Just a quick shot of the BHMJ post mounted to xy translation stages for a vertical arrangement - no stage attached yet. I am still sketching a stage design.

Image

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Craig
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Post by mgoodm3 »

Nice setup. I presently have a vertical stage mounted on a bench plate for focusing. I recently bought a Nikon modular focus stage and will have to get that mounted to something. I am thinking about using a very large bolt and nuts to mount it onto something (not sure what to mount it to yet).

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