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Universal Tilt-/Shift Bellows


The Tilt/Shift bellows rounds out NOVOFLEX‘s comprehensive offering of high-end bellows.

Following on the BALPRO 1 universal bellows, the BALPRO T/S now provides a perfect tilt/shift bellows system for cameras up to a 6×7 cm format.

The tilt and shift functions are just what professional macro photographers have been waiting for.

The combination options are practically inexhaustible: Virtually all 35 mm and medium-format lenses as well as special lenses can be used
with nearly all 35 mm and many medium format cameras up to 6 × 7 cm. It is also possible, to create full-fledged automatic bellows for various cameras systems by combining the BALPRO T/S with one of the automatic reversing rings available here. High-precision controls, an attractive design, and high-caliber manufacturing make this the
perfect macro add-on.

The NOVOFLEX BALPRO T/S provides a tilt and shift function at the front and back of the bellows; the standard adjustment is 20 mm horizontally,
the rotation 15° left and 15° right. In normal shooting position, you can take ideal photographs according to Scheimpflug. Turn the
bellows by 90° to portrait format to compensate for converging lines. The BALPRO T/S has markings at the O and centre positions.

Please select the proper adapters to connect your camera(s)
and lens(es) here

Technical specifications:

Length: 200 mm (7.87”)
Width: 120 mm (4.72“)
Heigth: 185 mm (7.28”)
Weight: 975 g (2.14 lbs)
Minimum extension: 30 mm + adapters
Maximum extension: 170 mm + adapters


Instructions for using the Tilt/Shift adjustment on the BALPRO-T/S

The possibilities of tilt/shift adjustment depend on the bellows extension. When the bellows are fully retracted, no tilting or shifting is possible. Two factors play a crucial role: the flange focal distance and the focal length.

Regarding the flange focal distance, two categories are distinguished:

A: Enlarging or large format camera lenses (such as Schneider Pyrite, Componon, etc., or Rodenstock Rodagon, Sironar, etc.), and
B: Camera-specific lenses, for example, from Canon, Nikon, etc.

For lenses in category A, the focal length usually corresponds to the flange focal distance. This means that for a 90mm lens, when focused to infinity, the distance from the lens to the sensor is 90mm. Consequently, the bellows device and the corresponding adapters must fit in between. At a reproduction ratio of 1:1, the distance is doubled, allowing for correspondingly larger adjustment possibilities.

Lenses in category B, regardless of focal length, always have the same camera-specific flange focal distance. For example, for Nikon Z-series mirrorless cameras, this distance is 16mm. It is evident that such lenses cannot be focused to infinity on the bellows, but they can still be very good for macro photography with bellows, depending on the lens construction.

A special case is the lenses of the Mamiya RB and RZ series, with a flange focal distance of 111mm (RB) or 108mm (RZ), which is sufficient to focus to infinity with the bellows. However, in this position, depending on the connected camera, the bellows are fully retracted, making no tilt or shift movement possible.

Due to their design, traditional SLR cameras (such as Canon EF, Nikon F, etc.) have the greatest distance from the bellows back to the sensor. With mirrorless camera systems and the associated 20-30mm shorter flange focal distances on the camera side, the conditions become significantly more favorable.

Using a Nikon Z with the NIKZA-K adapter and a Mamiya RZ lens results in a bellows extension of approximately 38mm at infinity, providing sufficient space for all adjustments. When maximally adjusted, the bellows may be heavily deformed, so this should not be done too frequently, although it is possible.

Conditions are even more favorable, for example, with a Fujifilm GFX camera and Mamiya lenses. Here, the pure bellows extension is approximately 50mm, providing ample space for adjustments. In close-up situations, the conditions are more favorable since the bellows extension, as mentioned above, is larger.