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Old Aug 23, 2008, 9:45 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience or advice on reversing lens for macro photography?
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Old Aug 23, 2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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I always thought it more trouble than using a macro lens....

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Old Aug 24, 2008, 6:21 AM   #3
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Does anyone have any experience or advice on reversing lens for macro photography?
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It can give good results, I've tried a reversed 50/1.4, but you're very close to your subject to get focus, and tend to block out light. You have to be full manual of course.

Personally I haven't considered using the methodsince I got a full macro lens. ... Jack
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Old Aug 24, 2008, 10:37 AM   #4
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You're right Dawg, but I'm just trying to get by on the cheap until I can afford a good macro.
I hesitated just a little too long a few days ago and missed out on a Pentax 100mm f:2.8 macro and ring flash set up for dental work. The ring flash was powered by a 120volt power supply. When I decided to go for it, it was already gone.

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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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Does anyone have any experience or advice on reversing lens for macro photography?
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It can give good results, I've tried a reversed 50/1.4, but you're very close to your subject to get focus, and tend to block out light. You have to be full manual of course.

Personally I haven't considered using the methodsince I got a full macro lens. ... Jack
Thank you Jack,[/b]
I have a 50/f:2 that I was thinking of trying, along with the AF 540 flash. Do you think I could get good results with that set up? GW
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Old Aug 24, 2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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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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Does anyone have any experience or advice on reversing lens for macro photography?
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It can give good results, I've tried a reversed 50/1.4, but you're very close to your subject to get focus, and tend to block out light. You have to be full manual of course.

Personally I haven't considered using the methodsince I got a full macro lens. ... Jack
Thank you Jack,[/b]
I have a 50/f:2 that I was thinking of trying, along with the AF 540 flash. Do you think I could get good results with that set up? GW
GW, I'm sure the lens would work fine, but the flash would need to be off camera to avoid shadow problems. Like Roy and Dal, and probably others I'm a believer in macro and flash going hand in hand. ... Jack

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Old Aug 25, 2008, 4:22 PM   #9
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Thanks again Jack,
I may try it just for fun.
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Old Aug 25, 2008, 10:30 PM   #10
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What are you planning on using the macro lens on GW? For flowers, stamps, and other stationary objects you have a wider choice of lenses. For insects you are going to want more reach, the 90mm-105mm macros would be the minimum for a 1:1 lens.

90% of my macro work is with an old Kiron made 105mm macro. The other lens I use is a Tamron Adaptall 300mm f/5.6 lens. It only goes to 1:2 but it gives me more reach than the Kiron and seems sharper than the Sigma 70-300mm macro zoom I had used previously. The Tamron mainly comes out for shy butterflies.

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