Sunday, May 22, 2011

(Re)Experimenting with reverse-lens close-ups...

Since some of my Flickr friends have been playing, and exhibiting their substantial prowess, with reverse-lens close ups, I thought I would revisit the technique.

I found my adapter (the BR-2A, for Nikon people), mounted the 50mm f/1.2 AIS (because it was on the desk), and proceeded out into the drizzly morning. Since it was an initial foray, I dispensed with the support system, which was probably a good choice.

Chive blossom, anthers only
Wobble-focus technique was the play of the day; not enough focus leeway to make a difference, especially at f/1.2. And I found myself leaning over obstacles, like for the image at the top of this post.

Still, it was interesting. And since I always have a 50mm with me, I'll just throw the adapter in the bag. It's just a ring, so not much more bulk.

If you are looking for extreme close-ups, you may be better served with extension tubes, close-up adapters, bellows, or reversing a lens onto another. But this method is quick, easy, and inexpensive; you can even dispense with the adapter and handhold it.

I shall have to look into this further. ;)


  1. Ah, well you know how I feel about this.:) Reverse lens is definitely a different drum. I have yet to try reversing a lens on top of another lens, but maybe this winter I'll give that a go.
    Beautiful images, Todd. Just a touch of dreaminess, the way I like it.:)

  2. Well, since between you and Nikki, I am re-exploring the technique, I do hope you like it.

    I have explored the macros stuff to great expense, to the point of exhausting my sadly short attention span. Then I put it down as a serious pursuit a couple of years ago, going with the simple close-ups. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  3. I really like the little white blossoms. They're so soft and dreamy. I haven't got the bug to try a reverse lens yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to use my extension tubes, and close up filter. You're always out front trying new things. Love that!

  4. Thanks, Deb. I try many ways to do something, and have pretty much rubber-stamped the axiom that there is no "best way" to do things. However you get there that is fairly consistent is best for you.