Monday, August 12, 2019

Reverse Ring Macro Photography, Starting Out

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Olympus OM-2S, Super-Takumar 50mm F1.8

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Reverse Ring Macro Photography, Starting Out

'Five frames with the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8, on a reverse ring macro setup with the Olympus Pen E-P5'

An inexpensive way to getting close up macro images without the need to use macro lenses is to do the reverse lens macro photography technique. The technique calls for the lens, a manual focus prime lens with an aperture ring control is recommended, to be mounted on your camera in reverse, i.e. with the front end facing inward towards the body on your camera.


Reverse Ring Macros, Camera Setup

These lenses are normally mounted via an adapter that has your camera's lens mount on one side, and a screw thread equal to the diameter of the lens on the opposite side.

With the setup, however, there are no mechanical or electrical linkages between the lens and camera. The lens is an independent unit functioning on its own. This means that while you have access to the shutter speed of the camera, aperture control is managed by the stopped-down method.

For my learning setup, I am using a Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 lens, mounted to an Olympus OM/49mm reverse adapter, which is mounted to Olympus OM Adapter MF-2 before it is fitted the Olympus E-P5 body. It may sound a bit long-winded, but the constraint of what you have in terms of the bit and pieces required for the setup, it does make sense and it works.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Adapter MF-2, Olympus OM/49mm Reverse Ring, Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

That's it for starting out images as posted, which were shot handheld. A fair amount of post-processing and print sharpening edits were needed to get them to where they are, with the main concern being the light loss with smaller aperture opening for the slight gain in depth of field.

Shooting in a well-lighted environment, using a tripod to stabilize the camera, and setting shutter speeds that will eliminate camera shake are other concerns you should be aware of. More on that later.


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