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Andi's suggestions are good ones. In fact, I've followed exactly the same path. On Andi's recommendation, I bought a Mirex T-S adapter last year, and I now have a variety of excellent Mamiya M645 lenses for T-S applications. On the other hand, I don't use the Mirex for macro. I'd like to get a Mamiya T-S bellows system, but they're very expensive, so I just picked up a gently used Kopil tilt-shift (T-S) bellows for Leica M39 screw mount bodies, from eBay for about $150. If I wanted to appear innovative, I'd mention that I bought the T-S bellows on 6 Oct., a week before Andi's suggestion on this thread, but my ego's not that big, so I won't mention it.
The T-S bellows arrived earlier this week, and I tried it out this morning with a Rodenstock Rodegon 105mm f/5.6 enlarger lens on 5D and 40D bodies. I mounted the M39 T-S bellows on my EOS bodies with an M39 to M42 adapter (threaded collar), on an M42 to EOS adapter. I used two 580EX flash, with ceiling bounce from the on-camera master, and the slave on a tabletop tripod with a LumiQuset Big Bounce, see first photo below. The bellows is really lightweight, so I mounted the bellows on the body and the body on a focus rail, see second photo below. The whole setup is mounted on a Manfrotto "double ball head" and Super Clamp, fixed on the lower leg of a tripod. The bellows is designed for sideways tilt (i.e. swing), so I mounted it sideways on the camera to get front up/down tilt. In the photos below, the bellows rail is hidden by the bellows, but you can see its movement knob sticking up above the lens. The bellows fit on the 5D with no problems, but I had to wrestle with the 40D flash overhang for a bit to get it on & off. Some of you may recall that I put my 20D on the bench grinder to remove enough of its flash overhang to let the Mirex T-S adapter shift up. I probably won't do this with the 40D, as I prefer to use the 5D for this kind of stuff.
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