View Full Version : Playing With Adapters and Lacy Phacelias.

07-04-2011, 04:42 PM
When I bought my first SLR about 4 years ago, my partner - in response to my sighing over the cost of macro lenses - surprised me with a wide angle/macro lens adaptor from Photojojo. Of course it's no substitute for a macro lens, but it does allow me to focus at a closer range, and I decided to take it out and give it a try with my present SLR. (Canon 50D).

Here's some shots of a Lacy Phacelia...with friend.


A fascinating plant with apparent bee magnetism!

Wicked Dark
07-04-2011, 05:35 PM
good job. It's fun to get out and play now and then.

Matt K.
07-04-2011, 07:00 PM
Nicely done .. who needs a macro? Then again ..sigh....

07-05-2011, 12:10 AM
Why not try extension tubes? Cheaper and minimal degradation on the amount of light. Not too long ago that was the only way.

07-05-2011, 12:35 AM
Andrew: I've read about extension tubes, but have yet to pop into my local camera shop and chat them up about them. Not a bad idea. :-)

Matt: Me!! ::sigh::

Wicked Dark
07-05-2011, 08:13 AM
just an FYI, if you do start using tubes you will need a tripod or something to hold the camera motionless. At those magnifications even the tiniest amount of movement is really noticeable. Like crazily so.

07-05-2011, 10:01 AM
a DIRT cheap way to get decent results for cheap is a reversing ring and a 50mm lens mounted BACKWARDS on the camera. The focus is achieved by moving the camera (mounted on a tripod) closer and farther away from the subject. I played in this way quite a bit years ago and it works well but it's not the easiest...but it IS the cheapest if you already have a 50mm. I believe you can use any lens (though rings may not be easily findable) but I've only played w/the 50mm. Reversing Rings (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/buy/Reversing-Rings/N/4277997926)

Nice set btw!

07-05-2011, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the tip, Wicked dark. I'm lazy about tripods but it's really time I started stepping up and using them more.

Marko, I've heard about lens reversing. Does it only work with prime lenses?

07-05-2011, 10:26 PM
Nice set! love the detail in all and especially the second one.