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

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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



and here she is



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.



put on my newly made creation and.




heres a 100% crop of that pic



another shot



and crop



and one more.




works alright for something i just made for free.
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Very nice, but there must be some kind of downside.
 

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Rather MacGyver-esque :thumbup:
 
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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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Very Clever and Nicely done. :thumbup: Btw Osirus, you play xbox360? Your names sounds familiar. :D
 

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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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NIce way to start into macro on the cheap.

The other option is holding the lense reversed to the body!
 
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Very Clever and Nicely done. :thumbup: Btw Osirus, you play xbox360? Your names sounds familiar. :D

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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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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Wow Happy Hour, you sound bitter...like you spent a God awful amount of money......
Yup, there are quite a few members of society who think everyone has $100,000+ per year income. Try buying even an SLR camera, let alone all your lenses on my income.

I'm not into macro, but I love the DIY stuff. Great job.
 
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if you dont have a dslr,
heres a shot with it on my old 4mp kodak easyshare camera.
this isnt cropped at all. just 20% resized.

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