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When I reverse a 60mm prime macro lens, I get no magnification?

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Questions thread
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When I reverse a 60mm prime macro lens, I get no magnification?
Jun 16, 2014

I feel like there's some fundamental thing I'm not understanding. I thought any camera lens, if you reverse it, should enlarge whatever you're shooting, allowing you to do extreme closeup macro shots. So I bought a reversing ring for my nicest lens, a Canon 60mm macro lens.

The lens already does nice macro shots, but when I reverse it, there's no difference. My subject doesn't fill the frame any more than it did before. In fact I'd say it fills the frame less.

I've tried both extremes of my zoom, and while I can get the subject nice and sharp... it's just not magnified at all. Is this not possible with this lens? Should I throw away this reversing ring and buy a different one for some other lens?

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