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Old Aug 6, 2011, 2:33 PM   #1
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Default Inverted Lens for macro?

I have been reading quite a lot of posts on results and techniques that an inverted SLR lens serves the purpose of being a macro lens.

I have two questions.

Can a filmSLR lens be used for this purpose?

If I find a way to attach both, how do the results turn out to be?
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Old Aug 6, 2011, 4:28 PM   #2
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I used to use an 'inverted lens' with with my first film SLR (Zenit..... showing my age here) it worked well, but with the Zenit it was a manual camera nothing automatic at all. The resuts were as good as the lens being used normally.

Don't forget you can also fit extension tubes between camera body and lens to get close-up and macro shots, again these days you need to make sure they work with any auto focus system in the camera body.
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 5:41 PM   #3
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G'day Hassan

When you are shooting extreme close-ups with an SLR and extension tubes or extension bellows, it often happens that the lens touches the subject - not a good idea!
'Togs discovered that if they used a "reversing adapter" that connected the filter thread of the lens into the extension tubes thread, that they could get very close to the subject but without touching it. The focus distance was the focal length of the lens ... so a 50mm camera lens came into focus about 50mm from the subject

While this was great for film camera SLR users, it can still be used by current dSLR users, but the optics system is now in 100% manual mode - focus & aperture, but [to my knowledge] it cannot be used by us superzoom camera users as we can't attach a film camera lens to our superzoom camera lens

Dunno whether this helps - hope so
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