Cheap Macro
Posted 2011/09/29 20:31, in blog pictures projects
A lot of the pictures I've put up are taken with a macro lens (virtually all the close ups). The lens was about 160 quid. I have aquired a couple of old manual 35mm lenses over the last few weeks and have been playing around with them as normal lenses (with a 2quid adaptor) and had a sudden idea about trying something I'd read a while ago - making a cheap macro lens by stacking lenses. The total cost of what follows was 4quid for the adaptor ring and a few quid for the lens...
 
First, our model - a filter (and a crap phone photo)...
 
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...this was taken with the proper macro lens - I could have got a little closer I guess...
 
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...this was taken with the cheap set up (the depth-of-field is something of a problem)...
 
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...now, the cheap set up includes a zoom lens, the above picture was at it's shortest focal length. At it's longest we get...
 
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...yes, those are the little teeth above the writing in the earlier picture.
 
Not a bad result for so little money. On the other hand, it's almost impossible to focus, requires *huge* amounts of light and has a really difficult depth-of-field. It also weighs a hell of a lot, mainly because this is what the complete set up looks like...
 
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