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reversed EF lens macro setup by graemo reversed EF lens macro setup by graemo
this is the setup with my canon 10D and homemade EF-mount to lens thread adapter...

i used a 12mm kenko tube (which i can still reassemble) for the mounts and contacts, old computer cable and plugs (to connect to the mount contacts without soldering), a piece of polystyrol plate, saved micro screws and a film canister for the rest...
cost without counting the kenko tube and 55mm to 58mm to 55mm to 77mm thread adapters (which i can all use separately): 2 euro =)

examples:
ladybug
fruit fly

ugly bastard

etc.


EDIT: meanwhile, novoflex sells similar gadgets, but mine was first :p
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:iconramelsen:
ramelsen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Where did you buy the parts? Do you have a assembly guide for it?
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graemo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
no guide, sorry
but basically, all you need is to take apart an automatic macro tube, connect the opposing contacts with longer wire instead of the internal connections, and fix a filter thread to one end ;)
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saintface Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome!
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Yueshi Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Man,you are a genius...I never thought of using the computer cable to connect the contacts from one to another end, really nice idea.

You should probably start making this and sell on ebay,haha
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Lebaneseness Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
i browsed for "reversed lens" and this one came the first in results.

i admire the innovative & improvise :thumbsup:
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hertbonfaroff Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Student Photographer
why dont you just buy a threaded connector that connects to the body and the front of the lens?

what is the point of all this?
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graemo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
the point is to be able to control the aperture
on the canon EF system, you can only set it on the camera body, so you need the electronic connection

there is a low tech trick to lock any aperture setting in the lens when taking it off the body (mount lens normally, set aperture, push dof previev button, take of the lens with the preview button still pushed) but in the field that's too much hassle when chasing nervous bugs ;)
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Kaetzchen-n-Baerchen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007   Writer
Faved... to keep it for reference. Great idea... wow :)
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grgbpm Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
hello , how to buy this reversed tools please ?!!!
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Winny-fan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006   Photographer
VERY VERY Nice! I like the technical skill of you :)
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EdwinBont Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: Very very nice, good project for the winter.
I will try to make one.

Have you seen my flash setup ?
Have a look: [link]

Together it might be a perfect mpe-65 + Twinlight 24EX beater !
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graemo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
haha, now that's a nice bastard =D
and seems to work pretty well, are those full frames in your gallery?

but i'm not sure if you need to make an inversion adapter like mine, i don't think it will give you more magnificaton than you already have
i built this thing before i had my 100mm macro lens, but now i only use the 100mm plus extension tubes
and the inverted 17-40mm lens i used is of course not as sharp as the macro
do you know how much magnification you can get with your setup?
i think i'll try it myself and compare ;)
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EdwinBont Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most of my pictures are full frame, some are cropped but only 20% or so.

When I use a 100mm macro + reversed 50.
Magnification is 2:1 when i set the 100mm to 1:3 (i get a bit of weird corners then)
And 3:1 when i set the 100mm to 1:1.
The downside is that the working distance is very small, less than an 2 cm.

I tried to handhold a 50mm reversed on my body just to see what happened.
At 2cm from the body, magnification is almost 1:1,5.
When i move it about 10-15cm away i get 3:1.
The good thing is that the working distance is about 5cm, much better then when i use the 100+50.
I am thinking of making a sort of zoomlens, using bellows or two tubes.
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graemo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
i think the magnification with the 50mm inverted is about the same as with the 100mm macro lens used normally, and with the macro lens you should have a better working distance, and it's also even sharper than the 50mm
with 60mm extension tubes i get 2:1
and i also want to use it with a bellows, but since an automatic bellows for the EF mount costs 500€ :-o, i bought a manual bellows and another 12mm extension tube on ebay and will combine them into an automatic one myself (i just haven't started working on it yet)
i don't just attach my inversion adapter, because it's too thick, and i want the bellows as slim as possible when retracted
my only concern with a bellows is sensor dust, but i guess changing multiple extension tubes in the field all the time isn't much better
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Motary Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
holy ..

Is something like this possable for a olypmus e300?

PM if yes please. :)
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QuiGonJediJinn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
christ! that's more lenses/mounts/rings than i've ever seen on one camera! even on two cameras!
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RS-foto Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
That's sick!!! =D You didn't settle for standard reverse lens system lol
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dallasgutauckis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] -- about how far away do you have to be to take that picture?
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graemo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
good question, i don't really remember, but since the flash cleared the top of the lens without shadowing i'd say somewhere around 30-40mm
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dallasgutauckis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get so close without them (your subjects) flying/going away?
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graemo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
slowly :p
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RoboticGentelman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
....wow

it looks like some sort of weapon/beam cannon or a cool assassin satellite in space. i am thuroughly amazed like everyone else and cant think of anything to say that hasnt been said :D haha
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nirel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004  Professional Photographer
must be very expensive eqiupment... havey too?
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bzed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
homemade? great! you have to pay a lot for that if you buy it....
/me wants to have such a thing for his nikon!
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graemo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
as far as i know, you can't buy it, because it's much easier to do with manual lenses

and you don't need one for your nikon, because with nikon you can set the aperture on the lens, and you habe to focus manually anyway, so you don't need any electronic contacts, a cheap mount-to-lens-thread adapter will do
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bzed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
it's avaiable from Novofles...

you can't change the aperture on most of the new nikon lenes manually.... but I have an old one, too :)
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graemo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
oh, i didn't know that, i coudn't find one when i searched the web back then
and their bellow look nice too
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bzed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, afaik they make good stuff.
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fira-flame Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
D: looks heavy. Great job on saving money
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mattdanna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow. Just wow. That's amazing
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splucy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Jesus thats alot of work gone into that. :o
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indorock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
:jawdrop: :O :wow:
i dunno how you did this....but i want it.
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RetaeaNicole Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2004  Student Photographer
holy mittens. professional to the max! lol. ;) but wow. *bows down to you*
are those lenses heavy? i keep thinking the camera should be toppling over! :D
and ooo... you speak german... :aww:

[i'm very talkative right now, so you're receiving numerous messages. consider it a gift, considering i'm not one to leave many comments unless i'm so amazed i absolutely must say something ;)]
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graemo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004
this setup isn't too heavy, since part of it are just hollow tubes without glass, the only heavy thing is the 17-40mm lens and this isn't too bad

yeah, i speak german, you don't have much choice when born in austria ;)
but at least i can fully enjoy rammstein lyrics =D
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RetaeaNicole Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004  Student Photographer
ahhhh i see. alrighty. :)

lol that makes sense :aww: and indeed :D
:hug:
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Castigator Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
I'm amazed by this inventiveness of all this :D
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graemo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
well, the idea is not new, most people just do it with manual lenses and don't need the cables and contacts
but since i have more and better EF lenses, i wanted to do this =)
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nikhil Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004  Professional General Artist
sweet mother of god. this is insanely nice.
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nikhil Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004  Professional General Artist
me too...:)
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graemo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
hehe, thanks
i'm glad that the work paid off =)
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glenneroo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004   Photographer
geghehehehehe you're sick :D
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graemo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004
well, sometimes i spend more time on developing and making equipment, than on actually photographing (or whatever other hobby i'm making equipment for)
but it still pays =)
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shockff Featured By Owner May 27, 2004   Photographer
you amaze me.
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kishanbarrett Featured By Owner May 27, 2004   Photographer
Oh my god. This thing looks so manly. Fuck. That is cool.
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kristoff Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
HOLY CRAP!! Are you going to start selling these ingenius contraptions!! I've found that just using a manual lens would work but this would make it so much easier when it comes to stopping down to take the shot, man you did good here, seriously, start marketing these things.
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graemo Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
huh, i don't think many people would want these...
manual lenses work just the same, i just happen to have much better and more different EF lenses than manual ones and don't want to carry even more of them just for the occasional macro use...
and should the thing brake somehow (although i strongly doubt it) and someone drops an expensive lens, it's me who's the bad guy...
i'm not an engineer even...
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coxi Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
der mensch hat das mikroskop schon vor langer zeit erfunden ^^

lol.. ein tele aus lauter kleinen objektiven ! :faint:

mann :>
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graemo Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
"ein tele aus lauter kleinen objektiven"

häh? ein tele?? lauter kleine objektive??? :?
das ist kein tele, sondern ein makro, und ich hab nur ein objektiv verwendet... hab ich die beschreibung irgendwie versaut?

das geht zwar auch (man kann einen teleconverter aus 2 anderen objektiven bauen, dann hast insgesamt 3 O_o), das hab ich aber hier nicht gemacht...
außerdem geht da die lichtstärke ziemlich ein...
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coxi Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
ne.. ich hab die größe gemeint.. oder das aussehen
es ist so lang wie ein tele-objektiv ;)
und sieht aus wie viele kleine gläser übereinander.. ich hab ja ehrlich gesagt keine ahnung was das ist ^^
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