DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Started Sep 14, 2012 | Discussions
v12nut Regular Member • Posts: 293
DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)
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Hi All,

I was inspired by IHKim's tubes but not having access to a cnc machine or 3d printer, I thought I should look to see just what I could achieve with off the shelf bits, here is what I have put together so far.

Parts required

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150888724291

http://www.ebay.com/itm/60-62-MM-60-MM-62-MM-60-to-62-Step-Up-Ring-Filter-Adapter-/320844361182?pt=US_Filter_Rings_Holders&hash=item4ab3d06dde

http://www.ebay.com/itm/55mm-Macro-Reverse-Adapter-Ring-for-Samsung-NX-NX10-NX11-NX20-free-Shipping-/270766183140?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item3f0aec12e4

I chose these rings because being the screw together type I would only have 1 mount at each end to fabricate. If you simply wanted a set of tubes for say a pentax k mount to NX then just glue the nx macro ring to the stepup ring, then with the rest of the above you are good to go by just assembling the parts as in this pic

Or you could adapt a NX lens cap as here

This would give you a set of 'dumb' tubes with NX mounts at each end.

It would also be possible to use just the front and rear mounts that you have made on bellows!

But as with all projects there is always the 'what if factor' so as it is only 2 ends/mounts that have to be worked on, I am now trying to figure out how to make 'smart' nx tubes from these parts, a few Ideas sofar............

This wont be an elegant solution I know but I figure for probably a total outlay of $20 who cares as long as it works!

However if any of you clever chaps out there have any bright ideas! please let me have your comments asap!

Cheers

Tom

hootsmon
hootsmon Contributing Member • Posts: 903
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Brilliant! Thanks that looks good.

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OP v12nut Regular Member • Posts: 293
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Thanks.

I have figured out the 'lens ' end contacts (pogo pins) would really appreciate some ides for the 'camera' connector contacts!

Cheers

nx200USER1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,097
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Sorry I cannot contribute to your thread in a technical sense, however I fully support your endevours, being inspired with this kind of ingenuity. Always good to see the grey matter pursuing alternative avenues
great work so far!

OP v12nut Regular Member • Posts: 293
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

This is the final version of my DIY tubes, found these nice contacts at Mouser, still not pretty but they work,

This also works with my bellows set.

A couple of really quick hand held pics

OP v12nut Regular Member • Posts: 293
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Here's a few with the tubes and 30mm


hootsmon
hootsmon Contributing Member • Posts: 903
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Mate, this is awesome!  Well done.

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OP v12nut Regular Member • Posts: 293
Re: DIY Macro tubes (off the shelf)

Thanks, as I said they aint pretty but it does work well.

Cheers

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