Novoflex Tilt- and Shift Bellows System for CSCs

September 19, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012 | 5 Comments |
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German accessories manufacturer Novoflex has introduced a newly designed tilt- and shift bellows system for compact system cameras. Comprising the Castbal-T/S bellows attachment (€299) and the Castel-Q macro focussing rack, the new system is claimed to offer “an easy and inexpensive way to dive even deeper into macro photography and perspectives control.” The bellows attachment is simply put into the quick release mount of the Castel-Q and is ready for use. For perspective control purposes the lens panel of the Castbal-T/S can be adjusted 25° to the left or right side. For focus control it can be shifted within the quick release mount of the focusing rack. (The amount of shift/rise/fall achievable with the system is unspecified.) The system is compatible with a wide variety of Novoflex adapters. Additionally, a Schneider Kreuznach UNI-APO-DIGI 90mm f/4.5 lens is offered as an optional accessory for €759.

Novoflex Press Release

Tilt-and shift bellows system in pocket size format

14.09.12, 07 Uhr

Compact system cameras are very trendy. Novoflex pays tribute to photographers’ demand for customized, compact accessories by offering the new designed tilt- and shift bellows system CASTBAL-T/S.

CASTBAL-T/S is a full-fledged bellow attachment which in combination with the macro focusing rack CASTEL-Q becomes the world’s smallest tilt-/shift bellow. It offers an easy and inexpensive way to dive even deeper into macro photography and perspectives control. The bellows attachment is simply put into the quick release mount of the CASTEL-Q and is ready for use.

For perspective control purposes the lens panel of the CASTBAL-T/S can be adjusted 25° to the left or right side. For focus control it can be shifted within the quick release mount of the focusing rack. Precise adjustment tools, an attractive design and high-quality manufacturing are the completion of this perfect makro accessory.

The CASTBAL-T/S fits perfectly to the flexible Novoflex adapter system and can be used with a great variery of camera-/lens combinations.

A special accessory is offered with the new extremely-high precision lens head UNI-APO-DIGI 90 by Schneider Kreuznach. It is an apochromatic and digitally corrected 4,5/90 mm lens with fixed attachment to the tilt- and shift bellow system. In case of using full format cameras (KB) a focusing from infinite to 1.2x magnification is possible, which corresponds to an objective size of 31 mm. Cameras with a sensor in APS-C format can be focused from infinite to 1.8x magnification (object size 20.6 mm)

Both novelties are available from now on in specialised stores.

Technical Data:
Maximum extension length: 120 mm
Minimum extension length: 23 mm
Weight: 410 grams
Order code (tilt- and shift bellow): CASTBAL-T/S
Price (recommended sales price): 299.00 EUR*

Order code: UNI-APO-DIGI 90
Price (recommended sales price): 759.00 EUR

*The focusing rack CASTEL-Q is not included.



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#1 Ken

Love the novoflex bellows I have not seen this before, I am currently using a homemade bellows made from a toilet plunger I will have to look into this

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1:11 am - Thursday, September 20, 2012

#2 dj

Well done Novoflex=another high quality product!

7:51 am - Thursday, September 20, 2012

#3 Mahmoud El-Darwish

A decent T/S, but implementation favors shooters of Macro/Micro without addressing the needs of creative commercial still-life shooters that need perspective control but that wish to use normal or wide focal lengths.
In an ideal implementation, the compendium bellows is interchangeable with a bag bellows to accommodate shorter lenses. Further, a 40mm/50mm is the longest lens that would use for most of my tabletop work, preferring the slightly exaggerated perspective distortion afforded by a 40mm/50mm optic, coupled with apochromatic design.

4:12 pm - Monday, October 1, 2012

#4 K5-SL66

I can't find where to buy this. Neither B and H nor Adorama have this and nothing shows on Google shopping. This may be the solution to putting my beautiful Rollei SL66 glass in front of my Pentax K5 body/sensor. PLEASE HELP!

2:48 am - Sunday, December 30, 2012

#5 Perci

Of course, bellows are greatly used in cameras as a folded expandable part of a camera allows the lens to be moved with respect to the focal plane for focusing. Your novoflex is an additional benefit.

12:32 pm - Friday, July 4, 2014