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Sorry for the delay, here are the shots. I just used a lower end Albinar 28mm f/2.8 multi-coated lens for the shots, so magnification is not extreme, but enough and I didn't stop down much so DOF is razor thin. Click on thumbs for full size.

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Examples, sorry for the low quality, but just shot handheld on the table with overhead light, so not as sharp as normally would be. :(
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I always thought so! Cheapest way to get into macro photography there is! Considering you can snag old manual focus lenses, try to get ones with manual apertures/aperture rings so you can change them easily, and reversing adapter(s) to fit them. If going to use a bunch of different focal length lenses for differing magnifications it is best to get a larger reversing adapter and just get step down rings for the smaller filter size lenses. :). You can also gain even more magnification by using extension tubes from what I hear, never tried it yet though as DOF is insanely thin that way and you really need to stack images for anything worth while.

In my experiences prime lenses work the best, but zooms will also work but typically with lesser IQ except for the few rare older zooms that could compete with the primes, like the Tokina 28-70mm f/3.5 AT-X Macro lens. ;). The larger the focal length the more magnification, but also lesser DOF typically.

The adapters cost around $10 shipped for a 58mm. Then a set of FotoDiox step rings can be had for like another $14 shipped or so. The lenses can range anywhere from $8-$50 shipped. Just about any older Vivitar prime from 28mm-200mm should work great, Albinar multi-coated work great as well as you can see.

Best results are to do the opposite of what I did though, lol. Use either a tripod or more light. Step the aperture down a few stops(higher f-stop number) to around f/5.6-f/11, keep your ISO at like 100-200(not 400 like I did as you loose details to noise and/or noise reduction then), and you should be good to go.


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