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Old Jul 23, 2006, 9:30 AM   #1
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this has been covered before but i can't find the thread. you can buy a reversing ring on ebay for about 20usd. i was in a hurry tho and wanted to reverse my M50mm f1.4 right now. you can reverse any lens you want to with this setup. i've found a 50mm to be best. a 28mm gives more magnification but the working distance is too close for me. here's what i did.

you have to sacrifice a body cap. i drilled a 1 1/4'' hole in the body cap. next take a step up/down filter ring that has the male threads equal to the filter size of the lens you are going to attach. epoxy/glue this ring to the outside of the bodycap w/the hole in it. once it's dried screw your lens on and put it on the camera.




this works best with flash and stopped down to at least f16. your view is very dim but you do get use to it. be careful with your lens as the rear coatings are not near as hard as the front's..

if you want to go a step further as i did then take a rear lens cap and do the same thing to it as with the body cap.

this will let attach accessories.



it also gives you some lens protection.. the biggest mistake you can make is glueing the ring on the wrong way. no- i didn't. hope someone gets some use with this..
here's a fly shot with my 50mm reversed


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Old Jul 23, 2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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ok
i tried reversing my 50 directly onto the camera
i didnt get anywhere near the magnification you have here
what did i miss
???

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i don't know. this is a full frame resize. your mag should be exactly the same. try adjusting the focus ring to either near or infinity.

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Old Jul 23, 2006, 11:53 AM   #4
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Great shot of the fly
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Old Jul 23, 2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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i tried reversing my 50 directly onto the camera
i didnt get anywhere near the magnification you have here
what did i miss
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sorry gumnut,
i just looked at the original and this one is about an 80% crop. it's been over a year since i took it. the size of the fly is still as it is tho..

here's the original uncropped
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Old Jul 23, 2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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Roy,

That is a really nice macro shot of the fly!

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Old Jul 23, 2006, 10:21 PM   #7
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OK Roy when do you plan to change your name to macro-man!!!:-)Thanks again for excellent information on how to produce great macro images (especially on a budget)

Ira

(BTW I guess that would make Tom theBirdman):-)

Sorry guys, couldn't resist.
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Old Jul 24, 2006, 2:57 AM   #8
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Thanks for posting the how to with pics!

I'll have to try this one day
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Old Jul 24, 2006, 6:35 AM   #9
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just be real careful drilling the holes...
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Here's a shot I got the otherday with a reversed 50mm lense, totally hand held.
Eg. lense in one hand, camera in the other, no adapters.
I was really surprised how well it came out!


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