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Old Jun 24, 2005, 1:54 PM   #1
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As I can't afford to buy a "real" macro lens right now, I have been experimenting with this magnifying glass I had. It cost me only half a US dollar. I taped it to the front of my FZ10 loosely, as I didnt have an adapter. It allowed me to zoom into the subject, up to 4x, and still be able to focus, which wasn't possible without it.

This spider's body was about 5mm long, and the "fangs" were less than 1mm. They were hard to see with the naked eye.. I'm amazed with the results. It doesn't only show the fangs clearly, but also the hair sorrounding it, and even a drop of pink liquid just about to drop from them. I suppose it's the spider's venom that it used to kill the other similiar sized spider lying next to it. Can this kind of result be expected from any magnifying glass? Has anybody of you ever tried this? And.. last... how does it compare with a "real" macro lens, like the Nikon 6t..?

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Old Jun 24, 2005, 1:56 PM   #2
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And this the actual sized crop.
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 2:29 PM   #3
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These are very good for just using a magnifying glass. The good thing about a Nikon 6T is it will let you use the full range of zoom. If you can't afford a Nikon then you have come up with the next best thing. Yes, I have seen other posts where people tried a magnifying glass.
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 2:45 PM   #4
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No, I havent tried it. I do have a 6T. I'd say your rig compares pretty well at least for the way you used it with this spider. very nice shots
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I also had some nice stuff with a cheap magnifying glass, although the glass did not seem to behave as good as yours.

Anyway I bought another one recently, to see how it compares "stacked" in front of my Nikon 6T.

Obviously the quality is never going to be the same as stacking two T Nikons, or as Tchuanye's 6T + Sigma Closeup lens, but the magnification is really impressive...

You have been lucky with that magnification lens...
apart from the periphery of the frame, it's quality is just fine in the center, with no CA.

The magnification is 25% more than a Nikon 6T (which is 3+)

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Old Jun 25, 2005, 11:06 AM   #6
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Thankyou for your comments. What amazed me about this pic was actually the high magnification.. and I'm more amazed to know that this magnification is more than what a 6t would offer..!?

The spider was on the ceiling of the bathroom.. I had to stand on an unstable stool.. It was very hard to avoid camera shake. And yes, I did use the flash, the incandescent bulb wasn't enough...



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