105mm + Rev 50mm = 3:1

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by photofox, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. photofox

    photofox

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    Been experimenting with reversing a 50mm onto my Sigma 105mm, which give approx 3:1 magnification (and a very very narrow DOF). Lighting from an SB-800 with a homemade softbox attached (used CLS for more interesting lighting effect). Feedback appreciated. Thanks for looking :)

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  2. Nice pics !

    One comment: a 105mm. with a reversed 50mm. give a ratio of 105/50, so 2.1:1 and not 3:1 !

    Cheers,
    J-P.
     
  3. photofox

    photofox

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    Thanks for the feedback and correction JPS. I get confused trying to work out magnifications! :)
     
  4. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Very nice. Surely not a live butterfly though? How close were you to the subject?
     
  5. photofox

    photofox

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    I rescued the butterfly out of my pond and placed it on a leaf to dry. This was the first time I tried adding a reversed lens so it seemed like a good opportunity as the Butterfly would not be moving a lot. The lens was probably a couple of inches from the Butterfly. :)
     
  6. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Interesting. I've never tried a set up like this. Did you try shooting smaller than f11?
     
  7. photofox

    photofox

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    I did but the viewfinder gets very dark. I kept the 50mm set to f1.8 and infinity focus and set the 105mm to 1:1 and used my usual settings of 1/200 f11 + flash. Focus stacking becomes the main option for increased DOF at higher than 1 magnification.
     
  8. cszakolczai

    cszakolczai

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    Oct 1, 2008
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    amazing details
     
  9. Chris G

    Chris G

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    Sep 12, 2007
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    fantastic!
     
  10. photofox

    photofox

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    Thanks so much for the feedback. Much appreciated. :)
     
  11. Wonderful close ups.....great stuff