An unusual close-up accessory, first produced by Leitz for its screw-mount Leica rangefinder cameras. Kodak produced a similar stand for its Retina rangefinder and SLR cameras, and Asahi produced a version for its Pentax SLR cameras.
This type of stand was originally designed for use with close-up lenses on non-SLR cameras, and takes advantage of the fact that with the main lens focused at infinity, the distance from the close-up lens to the subject is fixed, thereby allowing accurate focusing and framing that would not otherwise be possible. The stand is also suitable for use with macro lenses on SLR cameras.
The close-up lens (or macro lens) slides down into a circular well at the top of the stand, so that its front is always located in the same position. The camera is held in place by tightening a clamp that fits around the close-up lens, one of the adapters, or the front of the macro lens.
The height is adjusted using three different combinations of the leg components. Part A is black, attaches directly to the clamp, and is always used. Part B is also black and provides additional extension. Part C is chrome and thinner, has a rubber foot at each end, and is always used, either inside A + B acting only as a foot, or outside and acting as an extension and as a foot.
The optional Adapter Ring 55→49 allows the 55mm f/1.2 standard lens fitted with the 55mm Close-Up Lens f=40cm to be used.
The supplied Adapter Ring 43→49mm allows the Olympus Pen FT to be used with the Handy Copy Stand, with the 38mm f/1.8 and 40mm f/1.4 standard lenses and the 38mm f/3.5 macro lens.
The supplied Adapter Ring 22.5/43.5→49mm allows the Pen F3.5, Pen S F3.5, Pen S F2.8, Pen EES, Pen EES-2, 35RC, Trip 35 and 35SP cameras to be used. The Adapter Ring has a female 43mm thread and is intended to be used with the 43mm f=30cm and f=40cm close-up lenses (so it functions as a 22.5–43 mm step-up ring and as a 43.5–43 mm step-down ring).
|Clamp diameter||51.1 mm|
|Leg lengths||Unofficial lowest position 130 mm (A only, no rubber foot)
Low position 315 mm (A + B (+ C reversed inside))
Middle position 433 mm (A + C)
High position 601 mm (A + B + C)
|US catalog no.||104-030|
Two versions were available for the OM series – one supplied in a fitted cardboard box, and the other in a zipped plastic case with elasticated fittings.
There were earlier versions for some other Olympus cameras, but only the version for the Olympus FTL can accommodate lenses with a 49mm filter mount.
The Handy Copy Stand works well with a digital SLR and a macro lens that does not extend or rotate during focusing, with a suitable step-up or step-down filter adapter.
The front of the lens is clamped in the Stand, and with a lens that extends during focusing the auto focus can fail because it is overloaded by trying to move the weight of the camera body and the lens. If the front of the lens rotates during focusing, then the camera body will rotate instead.
Olympus do not mention that it is possible to use just the Part A leg component, which is only 130 mm long and positions a macro lens much closer to the subject than the recommended leg combinations.
When using step-up and/or step-down rings, you need to be aware that the Stand is designed to clamp onto the outside of a 49mm filter (approximately 51mm diameter) and does not use the 49mm filter thread. In the photo below, the lens takes 52mm filters and is used with a 52–55 step-up ring and the Olympus Adapter Ring 55→49.
Reproduced with permission from the copyright owner, Olympus Optical Co., Ltd
NOTE: the printed instruction leaflet covers use with several older Olympus cameras, but only the sections relevant to the OM series are included here.
OLYMPUS HANDY COPY STAND
The Olympus Handy Copy Stand is a stable close-up/copying photographic device which permits taking close-up pictures of pets or still life in addition to making copies of documents, books, photographs and so on. A choice of attachment lens depends on your own camera.
|Close-up lens||Subject area covered|
|Zuiko, Standard 50mm F1.8||1
|Zuiko, Standard 50mm F1.4||1
|Zuiko, Macro 50mm F3.5||1
|Zuiko, Standard 55mm F1.2||1
|Three Different Lengths of Legs for Camera Position|
• How to Set Up the Copy Stand
Before assembly of the Copy Stand, determine the length of the legs. The camera height can be adjusted in 3 positions according to the length of legs. Each leg consists of three components A, B and C. These components are contained in the carrying case in assembly.
• Application to Olympus Cameras
• How to Use
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