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Reversed 50mm lens

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reluctant shutter is a group administrator reluctant shutter says:

I just learnt about the ability to reverse the 50mm lens. Here my first attempt.


I've heard that some still use another lens mounted to the camera, then the reversed 50mm.

I'm new to this technique, would love to hear what others have done =)
9:47PM, 25 May 2005 PDT (permalink)

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cisley says:

I've just been holding the flipped 50 to the end of my kit 18-55 lens to get some cool macro shots.

Bluenose

I got the idea from beevek and he claims there's a $7 ring that lets you mount the two lenses together for easier macro shots.

I feel like I just got a free lens through this technique.
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beevek says:

Here are some macro couplers.

There is also an ongoing discussion about this in the Technique group.

Here's my setup:
Taking a macro

And a result:
Flower

It is quite fun, and far cheaper than buying a macro lens, with what seems like a marginal loss in quality (though I can't say I've done any real comparison).
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chaekaz says:

That is so incredibly cool! Thanks for the links.
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reluctant shutter is a group administrator reluctant shutter says:

Wow guys, this is awesome. Many thanks for sharing.

I have the EF-S 17-85mm which has a 67mm filter size. Looks like I'm out of luck getting a coupler from 67mm to 52mm :(
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noahstone says:

I did a few just hand holding the lens in place. It's an amazing effect:

pig and piglets
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Caℓℓixte [I see dead pictures] says:

I have already used two 50mm lens to shoot macro. It is fun!
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Caℓℓixte [I see dead pictures] says:

I have just posted two of them:
All that glitters is not gold
Close-up experiment
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MarkAndMarina says:

I've just been playing around with this - it's pretty tricky to get the focus right, but quite impressive results can be obtained if you do...

A passport photo:
Marina's Eye

An alarm clock:
Alarm Clock Detail
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furcafe says:

Yes, a reversed 50mm lens = "loupe"!
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notext says:

Oh wow, this is going to be fun! :)

Penny Penny Closer Toonie
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andrea chappelear-raichelson says:

all of mine, here
where using it reversed. it's fun.
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minwoo says:

Here's mine... also `hand-mounted' :D

macro envy
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Boback says:

Here's my handheld 1st attempt.

Reverse Macro'ing
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third pipe [deleted] says:

Macro Test Shot

handheld test shot :)
macro coupler with the 50mm backwards, attached to 18-55mm lens kit.
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doublebug says:

anonymous
Everyone's doing it.
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frantic silver [deleted] says:

fakemacrolens 083
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Neuköln says:

swish

this was done with a reverse-mounted 50mm on my D70 with 35-80. more macro (most with 50mm) in my macro set here

I find the Poor Mans Macro pool very useful - esp. the requirement that technique must be included in the description. if you google a bit, you'll find some really useful macro-primers, esp as relates to reverse-mount.

the great thing is the accessability of this - quality 50mm manual focus lenses from the 70's and 80's are available for peanuts; a reverse-coupler is cheap - hey, I made my own! - and viola, a whole new genre of photography is open to you.

enjoy the trip!
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Rodrigo C. says:

Hello, this one was taken with te 18-55m (nikon kit lens) reversed


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Bram & Vera says:

this one taken using Canon EOS 350D/Rebel XT 75-300 + 50 reversed
Reversed_Lens___Macro_1_by_brumie

bug macro same lens combination
Reversed_Lens___Macro_2_by_brumie

and these set
bzzz
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Maulon! says:

here are some macro shots with my 18-55 REVERSED

soy una mosca! (all sizes)

trio

busqueda

polen

fila
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oeystein says:

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whatadqr says:

Camray has a 52mm reversing ring for $6, Nikon or Canon.

www.camray.us/lens-reversal-c-49.html?osCsid=0136a5992eca...

I think it's worth $6 not to risk dropping your lens...
:-)
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Purplesteffi says:

Tinkerbell
This was hand holding the lense in low light.
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Devin Radabaugh says:

Hand held. I want one of those rings!!!!

25 Cents
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Purplesteffi says:

flower
Had a go outside!
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Jessica Willis says:

Wow this is fascinating. And something I am definitely going to have to try :)
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Rolf F. says:

reversed Canon 50mm 1.8 handheld in front of a Canon 70-210mm 3.5-4.5

Golliwoog

i acually own (and never use) Kenko tubes too... but I just had to try this :)
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Devin Radabaugh says:

Both shots are hand held. Using a 50mm f1.8 reversed in front of an 18-55. I found this spider in my driveway. The fuzzy thing he is standing on is actually his prey all wrapped up. I dont what kind of spider it is but it was about a big a beer bottle cap.

Spider

Spider
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funnyodd says:

Hondoer, what zoom was the 18-55mm at, and where did you set the focus of each lens? Those shots came out GREAT.
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Devin Radabaugh says:

funnyodd,

The 18-55 was at 55mm ( if not at 55mm you start to get the black ring) The focus ring on the 18-55 was manually set to be closest to the camera body (to aviod the black ring). It doesnt matter where the 50mm is focused to.

Thank you
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scenicoverpass says:

it takes me forever to get any good pictures when i hold it on there... i usually end up letting light in through the sides and whatnot.

backwards 50mm
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Ryan_Lim says:

I've had a lot of fun using the reverse macro technique. As some had pointed out the Poor Man's Macro group is very helpful.

This critter was on a single blade of grass and I spent a few minutes chasing it down in my backyard:
Little Prayer
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Xjs-Khaos says:

Yeah, it's quite nice. Lightning can sometimes be a challenge, and focusing well isn't easy, either. Still, there are so many things to discover...

– (sharp?) by Xjs-Khaos

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Iliketotakepictures. says:

Does anyone know a good 3rd party adaptor for this? i'd rather get advise from someone who has one.
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Digital Kythe Image says:

I actually experimented recently with this technique.. Just flipping the 50mm .. from being bored.. Here are some shots:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477880998/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477280289/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477277857/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477874944/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477272781/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477868606/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkimg/5477267431/]
99 months ago (permalink)

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JasonMK™ says:

too cool, guess i know how i will be spending my weekend.
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Fatima Khalid says:

kool technique! but a bit focusing challenge with it ... any tips?
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George E. Norkus says:

When I use my 50mm f:1.2 on camera, I get a ton of vigneting from my stock 50mm f:2.0 in the reversed mode.

When I use my 50mm f:2.0 on camera and my 50mm f:1.2 as the reversed lens, all seems great. The only thing I do not like is that without some form of protection, I would hate to mess up the inner lens!
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Marissa Jill Photography says:

I do it all the time with my 50mm 1.8. Check out my macro set...That's how I did all of them:

www.flickr.com/photos/marissajill/sets/72157625763424039/
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RinoEngdal says:

Video with reverse 50mm:
youtu.be/3jjRkRu1x5I?hd=1
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Jeni Holland says:

I've just discovered this "trick"....
Here's my try at reversing my 50mm

my eye
My Eye
97 months ago (permalink)

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