First try at true macro without a macro lens

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by AK47J, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Finally got around to trying some "true" macro shots, but I don't have a macro lens or tubes, so I did it the poor man's way ;-)

    These are actual size, no cropping or anything.

    lincoln.

    pennyback.

    gum.

    die.
     
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

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    David
    Which is? :hmmm:
     
  3. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Stack two lenses you already own.
     
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

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    David
    Ah1 :thumbup:
     
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
    Huh?


    Images still look good, even if I have no idea what you are talking about.
     
  6. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    A modification to the reverse lens macro technique. twin lens reverse macro I guess it's called. Mount a lens to the camera as normal, then mount a secondary lens flipped backwards onto the primary lens.

    It was raining and I was bored, figured I'd give it a try. Here is a crumby cell phone pic of the setup I used for those shots.
    IMG_20140923_203518_699-1.
     
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  7. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    William
    nice results :)
     
  8. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    How did you connect the lenses together?
     
  9. dannat

    dannat TalkEmount Regular

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    filter thread rings
     
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  10. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    The cheapest way to do macro is to reverse your lens. You don't even need two lenses, no accessories (though it exists reverse rings but in this case you can hold your lens), no tubes, just your camera body, the kit lens reversed and that's it. THAT's the poor man's macro! HA HA HA
     
  11. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Huh. Where did you get the 55mm thread that goes between them? Off an old filter or something?
     
  12. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    I bought a 55mm to 55mm double sided ring on Amazon for about $6 , lets me mount any 2 55mm filter sized lenses face to face.
     
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  13. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    I tried my Hexanon 40mm as the secondary lens, giving 3.3x magnification
    I also re-tried a 28mm, which I discovered needs the primary to be at wide open, not the best for detail. But at 4.8x magnification I could not focus the image. The floor that the tripod is sitting on moves too much!

    Here is Lincoln at 3.3x
    lincoln33.
     
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  14. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

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    Chris
    4.8 :O that is massive. like Lincoln's Elvis hair style btw ;D
     
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  15. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Ok wow, i did not know you could do something like this

    Will absolutely give this a shot
     
  16. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    These are called lens reversal rings, macro couplers and probably many other names. Effect is same than using +lens with your major lens. Lenses are usually much better corrected than +lenses (usually single element or doublet). 50mm to 135mm lenses are worth trying and cheap. 50mm lens is +20 lens and 135mm is +7.5 lens.
     
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