Weevil drinking maple syrup (pic)

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This past winter I bought a Nikkor 50mm F2.8 enlarger lens off eBay for a whole $20.00. This lens has a reputation as a good sharp macro lens when reversed on a bellows. So using a couple of $2.00 adaptors (also off eBay) I tried mounting the lens (reversed) on a vintage OM telescopic auto extension tube 65-116 on my OM-D EM-5 body. The result was magnification of almost 2:1 with the auto extension tube collapsed, and almost 3:1 with it fully extended. Surprisingly, the working distance is very respectable at 6.5cm (collapsed) and 5.5cm (extended).

The photo below is the best result of my first test of the lens. All-in-all I’m reasonably satisfied. I expected some loss of resolution due to the extension, but it didn’t turn out too bad. The image has higher contrast and more muted colours than what I get when I shoot with my Zuiko 35mm macro. So this set-up definitively doesn’t produce images as nice as the Zuiko, but the price was certainly right; and I was able to photograph a tiny insect taking a drink from a drop of syrup...and that’s pretty cool!


Cheers,
EC
www.macrocritters.wordpress.com


P6170326 edit 2 weevil drop copyright ernie cooper 2013 b_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr


nikkor on collapsable labelled copy by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
 

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Cool. Now you just need to learn to focus stack to overcome the extremely shallow DOF.
 

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That is a very cool macro rig; I used to use that same lens on one of my old enlargers.
 

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Nice picture!! What does focus stack mean and how do you do it? Sorry new to this.
 

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Thanks for the links. Was hoping someone might put a quick explanation in case others had the same question. Just trying to be social.

Regards.
 

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Thanks for the links. Was hoping someone might put a quick explanation in case others had the same question. Just trying to be social.

Regards.

Not a problem! Focus stacking is a very useful skill for anyone into macro!
 

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