reversing a lens for cheap macro

Started Aug 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
The Big One Veteran Member • Posts: 4,564
Re: reversing a lens for cheap macro

I have done reverse lens mounting macro, but I found that for my interesting subjects (insects) it was just too much... just about impossible to get things focused, and the optical quality was not great.

I found that extension tubes on my Sigma 50-150 gives much better results.  You should have similar experience with your 55-200.  I use two of the Kenko-style extension tubes (metal mount, bought from eBay for about $70).  (It comes in a set of three; I use the two thicker ones and leave the 12mm one off).  Stop the lens down all the way (DOF is more important than the sharpness loss from diffraction IMHO).  Use an off camera flash if possible, or some sort of diffuser which lets the light illuminate the subject.  You focus by zooming.  This is a shot I got last weekend:

D7000, Sigma 50-150/2.8 @ f/22 + two extension tubes, ISO 100, flash + homemade diffuser, all on tripod.


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Nikon D60 Nikon D7000 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM +3 more
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