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Old Aug 27, 2008, 9:09 PM   #11
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you can get outstanding results but as dawg said a dedicated lens is easier. not as far as IQ is concerned tho..
it's easy to make an adapter from a body cap and an adapter ring..

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Old Aug 27, 2008, 9:47 PM   #12
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There is one up right now on ebray. a viv 100mm 1-1 f/3.5. Get a cheap 2x tele converter and remove the lens elements. Works nearly as good and easier to use.

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Not so loud Dawg! I have a bid on that one.:lol:
Also looking at a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 macro (by Komine)
Is it a good lens?:-?
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I don't think Komine ever made a bad lens GW. :G:G

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You also have to remember that the glass on the rear of lenses is not made for prime time and will scratch easily, plus on most 50's sticks out quite a bit. I tried it back in the day with film and a 50 f/1.4 and it worked fairly well, but not as easy to use as a dedicated Macro lens.

Macro 50mm lenses are fairly inexpensive used especially a manual version and that is the way I would go instead of reversing a lens.

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Old Aug 28, 2008, 8:16 AM   #14
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Ihad success with reversing lenses years ago BLBA (Before lens buying addiction), although it can bealot more work, which is why I use my 105mm series one almost exclusively for macro.

You can use a combination of lenses with one mounted on the camera and the other reversed in front of the first one, or you can get, or make, an adapter thatallows you to reverse a lens directly onto the camera. I do have50mm, 28mm and24mm manual focuslenses that I have usedin the past for this purpose if I wanted to do something really close or even abstract. The wider the lens the more the magnification, you can get alotmore magnification than 1:1 this way,but the depth of field can be almost hair thin,very little light and the working distancescan be ridiculouslyclose. Pentax even used to make a reverse ring light adapter which would allow you to mount a ring light or even filters to the K mount side of a reversed lens.

If you are just looking for macro and don't want to buy a new lensright now you could pick up a set of extension tubes (or as Dawg pointed out a 2x converter and remove the lens elements) for use on a current lens.

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Old Aug 28, 2008, 6:02 PM   #15
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reversed M50/1.4



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That Spider shot is excellent Roy, I don't believe I have seen that one before.

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Thanks for all the feedback and good advice everybody!:bye: I really appreciate it.
I have a Vivitar 135 Macro on its way that I'm hoping will make for a better lens for macros.
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Roy,
That is a nice shot.

I just happened to get one almost like it the other day!
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