Beautiful Eyes?


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The butchered zoom is back!! Those of you on here 4 or 5 years ago may recall a series of forum threads about de-glassing an old zoom (in this case a FA 28-80) and attaching a reversed lens to it. You can use a standard 50mm lens, but this results in a working distance of no more than a couple of cm's from the subject. A better option is a reversed Nikkor F2.8 Enlarger lens, which gives between 5cm and 3cm working distance, depending on where you set the zoom's focus ring. About 65mm focal length seems to work best but you can experiment.

This was taken with the zoom set at 65mm, aperture of F32, camera on a monopod with a powerful manual flashgun attached to the hotshoe, with a cheap ebay softbox over the flash. X-sync mode on the Pentax K-5iis.

Late evening or early morning is best for these shots, so you can get the insects when they are fairly still and not flighty.
09/07/2018 - 21:27davidstorm
CategoryMacro
Shutter Speed1/180
Aperturef/32.0
ISO200
Focal Length85mm

Fishbones

Link Posted 09/07/2018 - 21:49
Cracking shot and effort David, imagine that face chasing you down in mid flight.... like
“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

vejj

Link Posted 09/07/2018 - 22:10
Wow! Thanks for the sharing your method. Great result 😊
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 00:56
Wonderful portrait.
I think one of the benefits of this caper is that you retain use of the iris and the A setting in what has now become a variable length extension tube?
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PeterKR

Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 09:26
Magnificent work, David. Shows true dedication to the art.
(This could make a cover picture for a SciFi book !)
Best regards
Peter

tommyt

Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 09:52
Amazing capture David, seeing something on a new perspective but scary as hell !!

go4IT

Link Posted 12/07/2018 - 16:00
Stunning Scary Thing!! David seems to have summed up the benefits of your setup, which is near-genius.

davidstorm

Link Posted 12/07/2018 - 20:17
davidwozhere wrote:
Wonderful portrait.
I think one of the benefits of this caper is that you retain use of the iris and the A setting in what has now become a variable length extension tube?

Hi David

Yes, you are spot-on, but there's another benefit too in that it's easy to fit a reversed lens on the front with simply a reversing ring, which costs a few pounds at most and pennies if you order an ebay one. There is a significant amount of work involved in de-glassing the lens and not ruining the aperture mechanism, but if I can do it anyone can. It's fun to try different reversed lenses on the front, a Pentax-A 50mm results in super-sharp & contrasty images, but with a savage working distance!

Cheers
David
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davidstorm

Link Posted 12/07/2018 - 20:18
go4IT wrote:
Stunning Scary Thing!! David seems to have summed up the benefits of your setup, which is near-genius.

Hi go4IT

Yes, it is genius, but not my idea! There were threads on the forum a few years back, I don't recall who first suggested it, but DrOrloff was one of the contributors.

Cheers
David
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