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    $70 macro lens
    Here's something I picked up from vwvortex or the canon digital photography forums.

    If you're shooting with a canon 50mm f/1.8 (or equivelant what ever lens), take it off the mount and turn it around so the front of the lens is pressing up against the mount. Instant macro lens.

    You can't control aperture and focus and the depth of field is going to be small, but with enough light, you can get some cool shots. I'll post one up when I get it taken. I got an idea for this.
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    REally? What camera are you using? I didn't think a camera would shoot without a lens attached properly. I have a Canon XTi and a 50mm. Let me know how you did it.
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    You can actually buy adapters so that your reverse mount lens is attached too the camera.

    The adapter has your mount (Canon or nikon) on the side that attaches too the camera and is accepted by the lens with filter threads...so just thread on the lens and your there.

    Some people who have broken lenses will make their own mounts with the broken lens.
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    Could you post a link or give us some more details?

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    I've heard of it, but never done it myself. Here's a link for Canon people, but I think it might work for others.

    http://www.photocritic.org/2005/macr...y-on-a-budget/
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    I'm using a 30d, but it should work on any camera that will take a picture without a lens, which should be all dslr's.

    I've seen a setup with like 3 or 4 lenses attached to each other via adapters and such. You just can't auto focus or control the aperture, unless the lens lets you manually set that.

    The more you go and the longer the lens, the less the amount of light is let into the camera, so you're probably going to have a decent light source on the subject.
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    It can be lots of fun!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHul View Post
    It can be lots of fun!!

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    ah, i hate it personally. the DOF is wayy to small to get anything professional looking...if you want to cheap out might as well get extender rings!
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    my friend did something similar
    instead of blowing money on an extender ring, he took his body cap and rear lens cap and made holes in the. next he glued the 2 together to create an extention. it was also a coverter because the lens was some random make and camera was canon

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