Macro Magic

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UploadedMay 7, 2008
TakenMarch 4, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/60 sec at f/8
FlashFlash, strobe return light detected
Focal Length60 mm
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This is the lens combination 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 filter thread coupler I got on eBay.

I typically set the prime lens aperture to f1.4 and the zoom lens aperture around f16. This minimizes vignetting and maximizes sharpness.

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 DOF.

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

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  • Matt Rody

    Matt Rody gave props (6 May 2008):

    Thanks for the help on the message! Hopefully I can find something to work....

  • Natalia Delgado

    Natalia Delgado said (9 Jun 2008):

    Nice!! What's the name of the filter thread?

  • Kevin Collins

    Kevin Collins said (11 Jun 2008):

    I don't think the filter thread has a name - it is generic. The only text on the filter thread says that it is a 52-62mm macro coupler.

  • Anuradha

    Anuradha said (24 Sep 2008):

    wow! i'd love to own one of these!!!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    thanks for the help with this... I will have to try it out.

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