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Macrophotography Setup

***1/5/11 - Note: The setup as seen here was only really used once or twice. Although it offers quite a bit of mangification, it isn't realistically usable in the field due to it's weight - therefore this image is not representative of my usual setup.***


I've been getting a few e-mails recently about what equipment I am using to take my macrophotographs. So here's a picture of my setup.


The camera body is a Pentax *ist DL DSLR body.


The flash is an old Vivitar "Zoom Thyristor 3500" connected to the body by a cheap off-brand off camera flash cord. The flash is mounted on a bizarre old "PETRI" flash bracket with a ball head mount. The flash is diffused by a diffuser I made out of a Goldfish box, duct tape, paper towel, and clear plastic.


The body in this photo is mounted to a camera bellows, and a vintage Pentax Takumar bayonet mount 28mm f/2.8 prime lens is reversed on an old off-brand 2x teleconverter is mounted to the bellows. (The setup as shown is what I would use if I was planning on taking a picture of just the eyes of a jumping spider.)


The majority of the time I just use the 28mm mounted to the teleconverter with no bellows.


Occasionally, I will use an old SMC Pentax f/1.7 50mm prime reversed on the bellows or a 3x teleconverter in there somewhere.

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Taken on June 15, 2003