|3rd of November 2008 (Mon)||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Affordable Macro - Extension Tubes and Reverse Mounting
Macro photography is interesting where everything seems to be magnified and the viewer gets into this surreal environment that we’ve never seen before even though the subject is mundane and common.
The ability to see the details, colors, shapes, and textures opens up a photographer’s creative vision beyond what the eyes can see. In order to capture subjects with such magnification, however, special equipment are required, specifically, special lenses.
Normal lenses cannot magnify subjects beyond 35-25% of the actual subject size. Macro magnification, in general, should yield at least 1:1 ratio or life-size magnification or larger.
There are a lot of great macro lenses available for all kinds of cameras, but most macro lenses are costly and unless you do macro and detail-specific photography often, the investment seem to be unjustified for pretty limited use.
Luckily for those who don’t have deep pockets, there are cheaper ways to try out macro photography without breaking the bank. The solution is simple, and you merely have to look back before auto-focus lenses were invented. Knowing how light travels and making use of simple contraptions to magnify subjects before it hits the film/sensor plane.
I recommend the using the extension tube and/or reverse mount approaches over any other option if cost is a big factor.
The techniques should apply to any digital or film SLR, but it’s easier with a Canon EF mount than any other digital SLR mount due to the availability of adapters for Canon.
Here are the things that you’ll need, assuming you already have a digital SLR to begin with, for extension tube macro:
|3rd of November 2008 (Mon)||#2|
Cream of the Crop
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Somerset - UK
Re: Affordable Macro - Extension Tubes and Reverse Mounting
good info..would love to see the image at 1013x800
Uk prayingmantis forum - http://www.dragonscrest.co.uk/forums/index.php
My flickr gallery -http://www.flickr.com/photos/hooked_on_macro/
DA Gallery where i sell prints - http://macrojunkie.deviantart.com/
MPE-65MM - MT-24EX Twin Macro Flash (diffused with 2 X Gary Fong Puffer diffuser)
EF-S 60mm f2.8 USM - 430ex (diffused with lumeriqest soft box)
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