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The Versatility of Reverse-Ring, Manual Lenses for Macro

 
John ­ Koerner
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Apr 15, 2016 00:06 |  #1
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I am getting a kick out of using old-school, all-manual Nikon prime lenses for all forms of nature photography, including extreme macro.
(The reason all-manual is great is because, when you reverse the lens, you can still control the aperture. AF and camera-controlled-aperture lenses are useless for reverse macro.)

Anyway, here is an example of the great range in what can be done with one 28mm f/2.8 Ai-S on a hike:

I can use the "infinity" end of the wide-angle 28mm lens and document the entire area where I hiked:

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001307_medium.jpg

I can use the mid-range of the lens and document the plant/flower upon which I found a spider:

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001308_medium.jpg

And I can flip the lens around, with a simple $35 adapter, and take this 2:1 macro shot of the spider that was on the flower:

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001298_large.jpg

All from one lens:-)

Keep in mind, this macro shot is closer than any 1:1 macro lens can get (it's 2:1); the habitat shot is wider than any 1:1 macro lens can get (at 28mm), and it goes for about half the price of any decent macro lens-- while rivaling any of them, optically.

(FYI, you can fit 4 of these little spiders on your pinky fingernail :eek: )

All from a 9oz, $539 lens ;D

Anyway, for a walk-around nature lens, I am enjoying using fast, fixed, all-manual prime lenses: they are very light and very versatile ...

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Apr 15, 2016 00:37 |  #2

Excellent demo :)
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LordV wrote in post #17972403 (external link)
Excellent demo :)
Brian v.

Thank you.

They are fun and handy to use :)




  
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Apr 15, 2016 11:43 as a reply to  @ John Koerner's post |  #4

rather nice crab spider too.


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racketman wrote in post #17972758 (external link)
rather nice crab spider too.

It is gorgeous, I agree.

It's funny, I have 3 arachnologists stumped as to what it might be.

The greatest likelihood is a Mecaphesa sp. (of which there are 16 known species in CA, with most only able to be ID'd with a microscope).

The possibility of it being Misumenops was discussed, but none of this genera are known in CA.

Now there is discussion about it possibly being Diaea.

Because of the smaller abdomen, the suspicion is it is immature.
However the dark carapace and forelegs seem to preclude it being Mecaphesa.I may raise it all the way to adulthood (if not already) submit it for scientific ID.

Several photos of now been submitted to an expert in Thomisidae in Texas.

And very interested to find out :lol:




  
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Here is another example:

Wide-angle view of plants and ecosystem in which the spider is found:

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001316_medium.jpg

Close-up of flower type on which it was found (normal lens mounting):

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001315_medium.jpg

Ultra-close 2:1 macro shot with reverse-mount shot of spider on the end of a flower bud (stacked image, natural light, macro rail):

IMAGE: http://www.thenaturephotographer.club/thumbnails/1/1_thumb_0000001314_large.jpg
(This is no crop--it filled the frame--and it looks awesome at full-size!)

That is a pretty wide gamut of uses for 1 simple, inexpensive lens ;D

Jack

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