My week #5 roll is appropriately about shots made with a 5X macro setup. They are once again made with the Canon Elan 7N (aka EOS 33V), but this time hooked up to Canon FL/FD mount macro gear that I have been using with my DSLR. For (too) much detail about this setup see my simultaneously published post here which also includes some DSLR shots taken of the same subjects when I swapped camera bodies. The photos shown here are on expired Fuji Superia X-Tra 400. I made them to test the setup on the 7N for things like how well it meters in these conditions, and generally how this high magnification (~5X) macro works on film. Looks to me like it works just fine.
It would be easy enough to use this gear without an external meter, and without a DSLR to set it all up. An eye-piece magnifier would be handy, were there one, but it’s possible to get by without. Bracketing is necessary, and more fooling around with different 7N metering modes may help determine an efficient bracketing/metering combo. I would think at least +/- 1.0 EV and depending on film type maybe 2.0 EV, or 4 brackets at 1.0 EV intervals, which burns a lot of film, quickly. The 7N will shoot 3 brackets automatically, though with mirror lockup, you have to trigger each shot independently. A remote trigger for the shutter would speed things up, but is not necessary using the 10 second self timer. Hand held metering is possible, but the effective f-stops would need to be figured out for each magnification and chosen f-stop. I generally shoot at f16 with this equipment (for depth of field, though it softens the images a bit); at 5X magnification the effective stop is f-96. My spot meter has an f-90 setting, so it is possible to use it for this purpose.
Speaking of film type, it would be fun to shoot some fine-grained black and white macro abstracts with this rig. Probably I will do that some time – abstracts are a favourite at the moment – they come naturally at high magnifications.