Macro on the Cheap

I love taking pictures of leetle things and someone else wrote a great blog about week ago about their approach using extension tubes.

I use a raynox DCR150 macro dipter to take my macro shots and whilst it is limited in comparison to a dedicated macro lens it is possible if a little more difficult to take som nice very detailed sharp shots. It is a simple clip on device that fits on the front end of a lens and costs in the region of 50USD.

I have never used a dedicated macro lens so I have no comparisons but the diopter is a little difficult to use with sometimes a cripplingly narrow DOF meaning that you reall have to shoot with a high F stop and get creative with off camera flash. You also can not focus to infinity in fact depending on the lens it is mounted on you can only focus upto about 30cm at most :o But the effort really pays off and I like the pictures I get and as I can not justify a new lens for taking pictures that are not that saleable it will do for now ;)

Photo credits: Llareggub.

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August 26, 2011


That's a useful blog & very nice photos :)

August 25, 2011


Amazing pics!

August 25, 2011


Thanks all...

@Vogonify the operating distance really depends on the lens but have been down to about 6 or 7 cm when attached to my 55-250is although that makes the dof cripplingly narrow :)

I do not think that I will be investing in a dedicated macro lens just yet maybe when I start making my millions ;)

My next purchase is on the way as I type this and am looking forward to playing around with some long exposures during the day with my new b+w 110 ND filter...

August 24, 2011


Nice work. It takes a lot of effort to get consistent results shooting macro, that is for sure.
I use a 105 macro--it is at least 18 years old, and still performs well (Nikon lens). It is also difficult for close-ups--the depth of field is narrow, focusing is difficult, positioning the tripod is tricky. If you are tempted to buy a dedicated lens, you could look for a used one from a reputable store, and the price might be okay. My old Nikon still does a great job.

August 24, 2011


Thanks for sharing!!!

August 24, 2011


Thanks for sharing, great pictures!

August 24, 2011


Nice images,thanks for the interesting information!

August 24, 2011


Thanks for sharing, your images are great.

August 24, 2011


Nice pictures. And good point about not going for proper macro lenses.

I was the one who wrote about extension tubes. I prefer those primarily because there is no optical element involved. But the small aperture holds true even there.
What is the working distance from the subject with these? I guess that'd still depend on the lens they're attached to?
Thanks for sharing.

August 24, 2011


I have a Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro N(Nano Crystal).It's very good but not worth the investment

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