Olympus 14-42mm reversed for macro work

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Nordentro, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Nordentro

    Nordentro Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Norway
    Sugar spilled on a table

    reverseOly01.
     
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  2. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    Wow, an incredible shot! How does one reverse the lens?
     
  3. FOsteology

    FOsteology Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 4, 2010
    Texas
    I would have never guessed it was sugar. Very nice shot!

    I'm interested in learning what you did to reverse the lens.
     
  4. Wlodek

    Wlodek Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 19, 2011
    BC, Canada
    Nice and sharp. At what focal length setting?
     
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Count me in on wanting to know what you used to reverse the lens.
     
  6. spowell

    spowell New to Mu-43

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    Nov 19, 2010
    Melbourne, Aus
    Thank you

    awesome,this just made my day :smile:
     
  7. elpanda

    elpanda Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 22, 2011
    HK
    Jacques
    Thanks for the tip! I was wondering if I should buy a macro lens, I guess I'll save myself some money for the time being as this is working awesome! ;-)
     
  8. Nordentro

    Nordentro Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Norway
    Cheap macro adapter from Ebay (52mm) + inexpensive 40,5mm - 52mm step up ring, also from Ebay.

    Picture taken at 14mm (wider lens = bigger magnification)
    Iso 100
    f10
    8 sec.

    It's also great fun with the Panacake (and easier to start with), just add a 46mm - 52mm step up ring

    Thx for commenting :smile:
     
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  9. Nordentro

    Nordentro Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Norway
    I may be an alternative macro lens, but not a replacement. You can't do much wrong for a 10 bucks investment anyway :rolleyes:
     
  10. Back in the old Canon AE-1 days I used an el cheapo worm screw clamp to hold two lenses face to fac for macro shots. The lens, prime and zoom, each had the same outside diameter. Another time two Cokin screw mounts were crazy glued together to make a lens to lens macro adapter, again in the AE-1's latest and greatest days
     
  11. elpanda

    elpanda Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 22, 2011
    HK
    Jacques
    Well, I already dropped a grand in this great camera and lenses, if I can hold on on more spending for a little while longer then my checking account will thank me immensely ;-) It's not like I shoot a lot of macros anyway, but it's good to know that the possibility is there if needed :)
     
  12. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Cool image of the sugar... surprisingly large magnification!
     
  13. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    Peter
    Thanks for the link

    I had a quick play with my Voigtlander 25mm and Nikon 50mm lenses reversed on my Nikon D90 and I was quite impressed. Now to do the same on MFT will be neat.

    The one disadvantage of most of the native MFT lenses is the lack of aperture control which makes stopping down once revered very difficult and it is impracticable to as you should focus wide open and then stop down to the taking aperture.
     
  14. flikmy

    flikmy Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 20, 2011
    I thought that since the m43 lenses are focus by wire, its not going to be possible to change the focus when reversing the lenses?
     
  15. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    You can focus by moving the camera and/or the subject.
     
  16. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    It isn't, but in macro photography it's common to focus by moving the whole camera anyway.
     
  17. Nordentro

    Nordentro Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Norway
    Yes, it's a challenge. You have to stop down and then reverse the lens. I use a powerful flashlight when focusing to see better what's going on if the light conditions are bad :smile:
     
  18. mqavila

    mqavila Mu-43 Regular

    Hi, I'm tempted to buy one of these reverse adapters. Do you have more pictures taken with the reverse lens so that I'm encouraged further? :)
     
  19. eyeguy

    eyeguy Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 26, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing the technique!