View Full Version : Mod a 35-80mm or Reverse a 50mm?

26th of April 2011 (Tue), 18:55

I'm looking to play around with Macro photography on the cheap. Which option would be best suited for the most magnification and highest quality shots between a reversed 50mm or a modded 35-80mm?


26th of April 2011 (Tue), 19:59
I havent used either of those but these cheap tubes gave me pretty decent resulsts: http://www.amazon.com/Bolo-Extension-Extreme-Close-up-Digital/dp/B004UM7124/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1303862007&sr=8-5

Here's a picture of a flower I took with it.

28th of April 2011 (Thu), 22:59
I find that the reverse 50mm doesnt magnify much, I think reversing gets interesting around 28-35mm

Havent tried the 38-80 trick but regardless the magnification this one will be easier to use due the bright viewfinder

30th of April 2011 (Sat), 13:12
If you use 50mm reverse, it gives you 1:1 magnification. When 28mm is used, 50:28= Almost 2:1 magnification ;)

Calculate yourself... But I think prime lenses always give better results.

30th of April 2011 (Sat), 13:22
I like to use a reverse ring on my 18-55.
That'll get you a great amount of magnification.

3rd of May 2011 (Tue), 12:26
I like to use a reverse ring on my 18-55.
That'll get you a great amount of magnification.
Wider focal lenghts reversed, like the 18mm will work great, but it will be better with a manual lens for having the control of aperture on the lens barrel itself

20th of July 2011 (Wed), 08:25
I went down the modified 35-80mm road and i love it, it has 0.8:1 to 1.8:1 magnification and can get some really nice results

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5951254558_4f4e420142.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubstylzh20/5951254558/)
Soap Bubbles (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubstylzh20/5951254558/) by Mark_Watkins (http://www.flickr.com/people/dubstylzh20/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6129/5941371928_20e1d52ac9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubstylzh20/5941371928/)
Vine Weevil (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubstylzh20/5941371928/) by Mark_Watkins (http://www.flickr.com/people/dubstylzh20/), on Flickr