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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:01 AM   #11
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here is my setup.. I didn't really have much of a fogging problem... but the lenses were kept in my backpack until they were used.

I never really found a clear explination of how to do these macro lenses on the web, and I am pretty much a newbie, but here is my explination of what I did for my macro lenses.

step one... find some of grandpa's old lenses

this is a minolta style lense... it is my favorite so far....
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:03 AM   #12
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step two

build an adapter... there are a few pics coming of this... it needs to be as close to the FZ lense as possible without touching.

I cut mine on a lathe for precision
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:06 AM   #13
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grandpa would freak if he saw his lense in the lathe... but we made sure and only cut the endcap... here is an origional end cap and the new... lathe cut one... the cut one was then epoxied into a plastic 52mm ring.... I found this in a bin at the camera store... it was origionally part of a hood.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:07 AM   #14
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another view
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:12 AM   #15
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this is the steps in attaching it to the camera... it's a hassle in the field... I can't believe people like SLR's with all the lenses... but maybe someday I will have one you never know..

this is the "normal" set up

camera: FZ-15

adapter: rayonex 52mm

step ring 52mm to 62mm

62mm hood.... because the old 52mm caused vignetting (cheapo)

uv filter mounted outside of hood (I just like it that way, it could be closer to the lense on the inside)


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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:13 AM   #16
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camera with just rayonex
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:14 AM   #17
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camera with rayonex, and my epoxied adapter
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:15 AM   #18
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then the lense is attached to all of it
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:19 AM   #19
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I tried a lot of these minolta lenses with the FZ-15 and most are really difficult to focus... this one happens to be very simple to operate and has f2.8-F22.. I have one with f1.7 but it is more difficult to keep everything focused.... I tried diopter filters for a while and was not happy with the cheap ones I bought.... if you are serious about macro's this is the way to go.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 12:39 AM   #20
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Very nice pictures and one heck of a lot of work on that lens.
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