like macro, but no $$ for a macro lens? well lookie here :)

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  1. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

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    How about a macro/closeup lens with a few things laying around the house?
    well sure!
    I just came up with this, tested it out expecting it to be crap.. but
    it works alot better than i expected!

    so heres the dealy

    what you will need is a pair of binoculars. ( want the 2 front lenses)
    (everyone has an old crappy pair of binos they never use right? loli had some that were sitting here for 10+ years, if not, get some cheap ones from like the dollar store..may work fine )

    Now, it will be different on your binocs and camera.
    but the lenses from the front of the binocs that i had (what you want)
    fit perfectly into a toilet paper tube, so i used one of them

    some electrical tape.

    the stepup ring that came with my fisheye adapter, so i can screw it on the front of a 52mm lens.

    and i used a piece of foamboard, cardboard would do to make a snug fit into the stepup ring.

    put it together like this

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    and here she is

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    tested it out here at the compter desk on the front of my nikon 50mm f 1.8

    heres a shot from jsut the lens itself, as close as i can get.
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    put on my newly made creation and.


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    heres a 100% crop of that pic

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    another shot

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    and crop

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    and one more.

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    works alright for something i just made for free. [​IMG]
     
  2. Wilson1990

    Wilson1990 TPF Noob!

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    Very nice, but there must be some kind of downside.
     
  3. Happy Hour

    Happy Hour TPF Noob!

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    ummm... the downside would be **** quality thats a neat rigging but that is NOT 1:1 macro quality! huh things people will do to save a buck (lmao)
     
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    Rather MacGyver-esque :thumbup:
     
  5. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

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    well i never said it was going to be 1:1 macro :p
    and of course the quality isnt as good as a couple hundred dollar lens.

    but its free, or a few bucks at most.

    and if someone that has a P&S who cant get a macro lens wants to get a lil closer. well there ya go .
     
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    Dannyc79 TPF Noob!

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    Very Clever and Nicely done. :thumbup: Btw Osirus, you play xbox360? Your names sounds familiar. :D
     
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    Yeah for DIY!
     
  8. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Who needs L series lenses? Excellent result on the cheap I'd say.










    However, I won't be trading in my 60mm f/2.8 anytime soon...
     
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    250Gimp TPF Noob!

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    NIce way to start into macro on the cheap.

    The other option is holding the lense reversed to the body!
     
  10. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

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    nope, have a PS3 though. :p


    works well on my old kodak P&S camera as well.(can actually focus closer than those D50 pics are)
    but the battery died on me. so no pics for now.
     
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    (Ghastly) Krueger TPF Noob!

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    Or a couple o hundred...
     
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    Wow Happy Hour, you sound bitter...like you spent a God awful amount of money on the Canon 180mm L Macro or something. The quality is not **** like you say, it's actually pretty good...especially for free. And he never claimed 1:1, and if you notice most lenses that claim macro are not even close to 1:1.
     

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