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Old Apr 28, 2003, 3:45 PM   #1
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I got a cheap 1$ magnifying glass at a toy store just for kicks and tried holding it over the lens of my digicam to see how it worked for macro shots. It works great! I can effectively double my macro capability with good quality images. I tried it with 2 digicams and it worked equally well with both. The camera focusses more easily with the magnifying glass than without. I'm not sure why but the pics are awesome. Just thought I'd pass on that info in case someone else wanted to try a low cost option.
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 11:57 AM   #2
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the pics are awesome.
How about sharing.
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 3:50 PM   #3
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 4:26 PM   #4
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What was the dimensions of the magnifying glass and it's power. That is a great idea.
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Old Apr 30, 2003, 2:02 AM   #5
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Fine idea. I like to keep things cheap and simple.
What camera did you use ? Macromode ?
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Old Apr 30, 2003, 11:04 AM   #6
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Impressive!! A trick well worth remembering.

Send the idea to a mag where they have a prize for star letter, you'll stand a good chance of winning.
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Old Apr 30, 2003, 4:10 PM   #7
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I tried it with a toshiba pdr 3300 and a sony m71 it worked equally well on both. the pic shown is on the sony. I think I may upgrade to the 3 dollar glass magnifying lens. I haven't tried stacking them for greater effect. I think I'll play around with it this weekend. Yes, the camera was set on macro. If you use the lcd and move the camera back and forth you can see when it gets good focus.
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Old May 4, 2003, 3:19 PM   #8
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ncprevost,

I tried your idea with a Minolta S404 in macromode and a magnifying glass lens that I found in a reject bin when I visited the Kodak company in upstate New York 30+ years ago.

It works as advertised as you can see from the samples below. I esaily got twice the magnifying power. The only problem I had was trying to get an accurate focus on the 1.8" LCD screen. The Minolta autofocuses in macro mode but with the addon lens in front the focus is fooled a bit. Besides you have to move the camera almost one-half the usual macro distance of 5-6 inches.

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