Reversed lens macro photography is probably the cheapest way of getting high magnification macro photos. We have discussed that here and here. It doesn’t need more than a proper lens and a reversed lens macro adaptor for your particular brand of camera and lens filter size.
If you don’t mind the inconvenience and inconsistency, you can even skip the adapter ring and just handhold the lens instead. The image above was taken using a Nikon D3000 and a Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 reversed and handheld in front of the camera by Fajar Pangestu. It is not bad at all!
Here are a few recommendations if you’d like to try it yourself.
- Be very careful not to scratch the front element of your lens. The metal lens mount on the camera can easily scratch the glass lens. For lenses with a deeply recessed front element this is not a problem but it could be a problem for many lenses.
- Use a lens with an aperture ring, it will make it a little easier. For lens without the aperture ring, there should be a small lever on the lens you can push to open the aperture. Use one hand to hold the lens, open the aperture using one finger. Use the other hand to hold the camera and trigger the shutter. You need both hands to work together in order to align the camera and lens, and to properly focus on the subject.
- Be careful not the bump the exposed rear lens element into the object you are trying to photograph.
Keywords: Macro photography, reversed lens