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12-06-2009, 06:23 AM   #1

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low cost macro photography

Using reverse ring adapter with M28 f2.8 pentax mounted. for macro shots.

Here are the result with a low cost set-up....

Original uncrop images. The set-back is at f16 and smaller apertures, the viewfinder is dim which makes focusing difficult. Working distance is approximately 2 inchs from the subject.


12-06-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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Not bad - you handled the focusing difficulties well.
With these what's suffering is adequate microcontrast and detail.
But otherwise a fine effort.
12-06-2009, 06:51 AM   #3
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As Ash said: not too bad ! The DOF is very, very thin!
I have one of those reverse rings too, but I don't use it
very much. In the end I prefer extension tubes....
12-06-2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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i just put together a low cost (relitively) real macro kit.

SMC Tak 50mm F4 macro and M42 Pentax Extension tubes for less than $100.

I have yet to try it out but perhaps today.

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Second image rocks!
Looks like you have a "low cost + high value" setup.
12-07-2009, 10:32 AM   #6
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You are definitely speaking my language here! I have just as much fun reversing my Pentax M50mm f2, F 35-80mm and FA 28-90mm as they are in proper mount.
I bought a reversing ring for the 28-90 so I use it most often and will sometimes just hand hold the other two lenses or extension tube.
Of course depth of field is difficult and f8 is about the lowest I start with. It is so much more challenging than a real macro lens and more rewarding to me when I get a good image. Lots of fun. I shot some more this weekend and will post them here perhaps later. Or some'eres else.
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nice shots i also use a reversing ring with an M 28mm on it, also you can stick a 2x teleconverter in front as well (between the body and the reversing ring) to get super close

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Thanks for all your contribution in this thread.

Each time when an excellent image is produce from a low cost set-up, it gives some sense of satisfaction, more so when the image is 2x or more.

Next try, vivitar macro converter with reverse ring. M28 f2.8

Jezza 323, how did you get the housefly to be still? Freeze it or spray icy cold water Great capture! DOF 1mm. Its challenging, more so when its those crawlies.


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Image 2 is really spot on!
Really..really good!
Keep it up!
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it was not being very still, i chased it around my garden for about 10 minutes to get 2 photos worthy of keeping!

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