DIY Macro Lens- Not for the faint hearted!

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  1. noobatron

    noobatron Member

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    A mate of mine from work sent me this. Looks like an absolute masterpiece!

    So... anyone got a spare 18-55 lying around?



    Bahhh can't get the youtube clip working so here's the link
     
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  2. dche5390

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    Holy crap. That is one well made video. Alas, not for the lazy fat bummed man-chested either!
     
  3. herzeg

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing that; awesome stuff. Don't know what I enjoyed more; the dude's skill or the video editing... :thumbup:
     
  4. Smudge

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    very nice :thumbup: thanks for sharing
     
  5. jars121

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    That's some pretty epic construction. I'm just glad he was hacking up a Canon lens...Nikon fanboy what?
     
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    that's an awesome vid!

    i now want to give this a try too
     
  7. bubblegoose

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    Wow, someone finally found a use for the 18-55!! :D Might have to try and find one of these for a few $$ so I can mod!
     
  8. et_fone_home

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    Dang, that is one good video and tutorial! Cheap Macro!
     
  9. oculi

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    what magnification ratio do you get from reversing a lens like this?

    seems a lot of work for not all that much benefit, a tamron 90mm isn't that expensive and there isn't all that much call for autofocus in macro stuff.

    good to see the guts of an EOS lens too.
     
  10. Alfonzo

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    Lots of work, but very well done! I love the editing on this video too :)
     
  11. SyN

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    this is ocau!
    modding is the way
     
  12. phreeky82

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    I think a reversed 18-55 gives a fair bit more magnification than a Tamron 90mm. That said I can't stand such short macro lenses, my 150mm is perfect for me :)

    I'm curious why you'd bother removing AF, is there a point? I mean just switch to MF and leave it there.

    That's a bloody well made video, and he does quite a nifty job too! However I was a little disappointed with the tape, after all that effort I thought a neater solution would've been found.
     
  13. et_fone_home

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    My alternative to modding is getting a 18-55 and a 50 1.8 (depends on what lenses you have, you can use a 50 with a 50 or such). Attach the 50 1.8 or the kit lens to the camera. Take the other lens and reverse it so the front element of both lenses are facing each other. Put both lenses to manual focus and focus to infinity. Zoom with hand! You can get really close to an object for tiny details! But heavy vignetting. Does the job for me.:lol:
     
  14. Mr.Phu

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    He is removing it so he can get access to the aperture controls. When you reverse mount a lens, your aperture is "00" and thus unusable. When he solders on the pins, it's so that he can make it usable. Which is the most awesome part of this lens :)
     
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    The pins looks to be accessible without removing AF, but then I only watched the video once.
     
  16. GetSmart

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    That's amazing. Would love to try it on my 18-55 which is collecting dust... but my handyman skills are limited!
     
  17. theDarkHorse

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    That's an awesome video. I need a soldering iron now.
     
  18. dufflover

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    I've read you buy reverse lens mount things that screw into the filter threads for the lens reversal macro trick. Granted it won't be automatic like here.

    Kickass video/mod/skill nonetheless!
     
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    I agree guys. Had to watch it twice in HD. There's something the music and filming, kinda caught me in a trance. Very hypnotic :wired:

    Anyone game enough to try and post a work blog? :D
     
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    i actually posted not too long ago on another forum about uses for my now (seemingly) useless 18-55

    i'm a bit scared to do all that though, i manage to get mod jobs right on the 2nd or 3rd attempt..

    my extension tubes are doing me quite well atm..
     

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