Macro Setup Components

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UploadedMay 7, 2008
TakenMarch 4, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/60 sec at f/7.1
FlashFlash, strobe return light detected
Focal Length56 mm
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These are the components of the setup I use for my extreme macros.

I reverse-mount a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D prime lens on a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G telephoto lens using a 52-62mm thread coupler I got on eBay.

Reversed prime lenses act as magnifying glasses. In my setup, I use a telephoto lens to zoom into a reversed prime lens, producing extreme levels of magnification.

This particular lens setup produces images with irritating chromatic aberrations, dust spots, and minimal depth of field.

Nevertheless, none of my other lenses - including my conventional macro lens - can match it in terms of magnification.

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  • Serge Golub

    Serge Golub gave props (6 May 2008):

    Thanks for sharing your technique, your marcos are amazing.

  • benjamin hendricks

    benjamin hendricks said (5 Jun 2008):

    Hi Kevin, I'm really interested in your technique here and I just held a prime up to my Nikon zoom and it worked! But I was wondering where you got your thread coupler. So far I can find an adapter to take me from 52 up to 72, but there's a male/female issue once I turn one of the lenses around. Any help on this would be much appreciated!

  • Kevin Collins

    Kevin Collins said (5 Jun 2008):

    I purchased my thread coupler on eBay. Tons of Hong Kong sellers offer them, and they are really cheap (around $5-$10).
    What you need to search for is a thread coupler, not a step up / step down ring. Lenses almost always have female threads for receiving filters, which in turn have male threads. Filter couplers are male on both sides, so they can join lenses together.

  • Kim Rosin

    Kim Rosin said (14 Jun 2008):

    Your macros are awesome I am going to try this using canon lenses. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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