Reverse Lens Photography

Reverse lens photography is a technique that allows you to achieve incredible magnification by using two regular lenses and a DSLR. Basically, a second lens, which is reversed and put in front of the lens on your camera, will magnify a small object beyond the range of either of your lenses individually.

This technique takes advantage of the way a lens is designed to focus a large scene onto a small sensor. It also takes advantage of the fact that a lens can focus light in both directions.

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October 28, 2008


I've found this technique to be very useful for occasional work at higher magnifications because it provides an excellent way of getting sharp results, but for frequent use there are better alternatives. Extension tubes or a good macro lens would definitely be much easier to work with.

October 28, 2008


I know this technique, but i don´t like it. Too much problems with lens correction etc. Shooting with a good macro lens is very much better.

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