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Inverted Vision (Updated)

For the first time ever I tried some reversed lens macro photography.

The image above was taken with my Canon 50mm EF 1:1.4. Those of you familiar with the lens should know that it usually has a minimal focal length of about 0.45m. This image was taken at about 4cm from the object (an antique desk-top lighter), and the field of view is very narrow as the reversed lens introduces quite a bit of magnification.

There are some caveats, there’s no focussing, so you have to move the camera to focus, and there’s no aperture control as all the electronics are now on the wrong side of the lens. There are special mounts that will allow the electronics to function, but their cost is high.

I don’t have any mount, never mind a fancy one that connects the lens electronics, so I was literally holding the lens on to the camera with my one hand, and operating the camera with the other. Gung-ho I tell you!

Update: I’ve added another image, this time of a little baby cactus I have.

Date: August 17, 2010
Author: Diaan Mynhardt
Medium: Digital
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lens: Inverted Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4
Location: 601
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