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Macro Equipment and Inexpensive Solutions
Posted By: stover98074, 04-24-2010, 02:52 PM

I hope this article helps with anyone interested in working with macro photography and some inexpensive choices for getting started. I started this journey a year ago and at that time I had lots of questions on what to use, how to use it and should I use it. The article focuses on manual focus prime lenses and a combination of bellows with enlarging lenses. The article includes a section for manual controlled flash. The bellows used are the spectacular Pentax Autobellows.


The article link is http://sites.google.com/site/inexpensivemacrophotography/Introduction



These are some photos taken with the equipment in the article.








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07-28-2010, 05:48 AM   #2
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broken link to the article

The link to the article seems to be broken!

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I think that you should remove the /home part at the end of the link address.
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Thanks, I have updated the link - when I first posted the link the site was somewhat of a work in progress... and the pages moved a bit... sorry for the confusion.


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Very interesting read, thanks for sharing
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I read most of the article and it's good. I don't get this statement though:

"As a rule, a shorter focal length increases magnification while decreasing working distance from the lens to the subject. Conversely, a longer focal length allows for less magnification and greater distance between the subject and the lens."

I agree about working distance, but not focal length. A 35mm lens that does 1:1 macro has equal magnification to a 200mm lens that does 1:1 macro. Focal length is irrelevant to magnification.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I read most of the article and it's good. I don't get this statement though:

"As a rule, a shorter focal length increases magnification while decreasing working distance from the lens to the subject. Conversely, a longer focal length allows for less magnification and greater distance between the subject and the lens."

I agree about working distance, but not focal length. A 35mm lens that does 1:1 macro has equal magnification to a 200mm lens that does 1:1 macro. Focal length is irrelevant to magnification.
Thanks for the comments and I guess what I was trying to say is that for a given length of bellows extension, the shorter the lens focal length the greater the magnification ability. If I fully extended my Asahi Pentax Auto Bellows and then placed a 50 mm lens on the end, there would be more magnification than if I placed a 135 mm lens given the same bellows length.

When I want the greatest magnification I will fully extend my bellows and use the shortest enlarging lens I own (in this case a 50mm lens - the longest enlarging lens I own is 135).
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Muy interesantey muy buenas fotos, gracias por la información.
Saludos.


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