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Offline Chris P

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Macro & Reversing Rings
« on: August 08, 2009, 09:13:00 AM »
Hi all

A quick question.  For ages now I've wanted to try some macro but I've not got a macro lens (or the money for one) and the same is true for extension tubes.  So, I was looking into reversing rings.

My only problem is that the best lens for me to use reversed would be my 35mm f/1.8 but it's a Nikkor G series lens and, therefore, doesn't have an aperture ring.  In fact, none of my lenses have aperture rings and so I can't see a way to control aperture once the lens is reversed.

Anyone know what the best way to overcome this might be?  (And I'm not just going out to buy a D series lens!)



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Re: Macro & Reversing Rings
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 08:19:12 PM »
Chris I had the same dilenma about buying a  macro lens /close up filters and eventually I picked up a reversing ring off ebay and to be honest I used it a couple of times on my 50mm f1.8 and I'm not impressed with the results :-\ tho that maybe because of my technique :-[ but it only cost less than a tenner
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Re: Macro & Reversing Rings
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 08:27:22 PM »
Boot sales, second hand shops or ebay.  Get yourself one of those old 50mm M42 mount  screw on lenses.  Should be cheap as chips, and all manual.  :D
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Re: Macro & Reversing Rings
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009, 09:22:52 PM »
Cheers Mick, I'd not thought about an old M42 jobby.

I'll be scouting around eBay now!!

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Re: Macro & Reversing Rings
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 06:29:57 PM »
Chris , I have one from my old film days, it's a Carl Zeiss lens, bit battered but optically fine, you are welcome to it if you want it, believe I am just down the road from you too, let me know & I'll post it to you or meet up, might even let you play with a true macro lens  :D

It's like this one on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/M42-Carl-Zeiss-Jena-Tessar-2-8-50-std-lens-Good_W0QQitemZ330350711830QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraLensesFilters_JN?hash=item4cea6fd416&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
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