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04-08-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Macro shooting/lens on a BUDGET

I'm just curious to see what people think about this guy and what he's doing to achieve a macro lens. I would not even think about doing what's on the link but maybe someone on here has. There is a video at the bottom of the page.

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QuoteOriginally posted by KxBlaze Quote
I'm just curious to see what people think about this guy and what he's doing to achieve a macro lens. I would not even think about doing what's on the link but maybe someone on here has. There is a video at the bottom of the page.

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Its fine, why wouldnt it be? Its like a reversing ring with a tube. Hell, all I do as of right now is hold my 50mm 1.7 up to my kit lens backwards for macros.

its not great but its also free

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The extend tube or the reverse ring both works great when you are on a budget. I like the extend tube more, but only works with lens with aperture ring.(ex Pentax-M 50mm 1.7) And make sure the SR is on and you have plenty of light or a tripod.
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Its fine, why wouldnt it be? Its like a reversing ring with a tube. Hell, all I do as of right now is hold my 50mm 1.7 up to my kit lens backwards for macros.

its not great but its also free
Wait, what? So you have your camera with the kit lens on it, you take your 50mm lens and literally hold it up to the kit lens backwards with your hand and that works? Would that work with a zoom lens? Particularly a 70-300mm?

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Wait, what? So you have your camera with the kit lens on it, you take your 50mm lens and literally hold it up to the kit lens backwards with your hand and that works? Would that work with a zoom lens? Particularly a 70-300mm?
Here's a VIDEO of the process basso mentions.
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Wait, what? So you have your camera with the kit lens on it, you take your 50mm lens and literally hold it up to the kit lens backwards with your hand and that works? Would that work with a zoom lens? Particularly a 70-300mm?
Yeah, I dont know if your zoom would work though. My 50mm has an aperture ring so I can keep it wide open.
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I took this really quickly.

18-55: Set to 55mm, f5.6, focused to infinity
50 1.4: Set to 1.4, focused to infinity

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Canon digicam with Super Takumar 50 1.4 reversed on it, no reversing ring - just held in front:

The increased depth of field provided by the small sensor of the digicam is a big help here as is using the rear LCD


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Pretty cool and I thought that I was budget conscious buying a Phoenix 100mm instead of the Pentax macro!!
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Definately pretty cool. I never knew you could physically hold another lens backwards to get the macro effect. Can't wait to try it
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ive blogged about a bunch of different ways to take macro shots, most are cheap

check it out here - Jezza's Photography Stories: Macro Photography Techniques - Part 1

ive done reversed lens, filters, tubes, macro lens, teleconverters and combinations of the previous
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Very cheap and effective :
I screwed a 50 mm reversed on a 85/135 mm.
Just clue two filter rings together.
Even cheaper than a reverse adapter.

Very affortable, good and more working space: see Raynox thread.
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I took a couple of cheapo zekios filters and taped them together with electrical tape. It worked surprisingly well, although I think I'll get a reversing ring.

It's probably also worth thinking of buying magnifying diopters. This way you can do macro for $12 at amazon.
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