Macro Coupler

Discussion in 'Photography' started by kinetic, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Just received my macro coupler yesterday, but haven't been able to play with it a lot yet.

    I mounted a 50mm f/1.8 reverse onto the end of my 105mm macro, and WOW it was amazing.

    I had to put the aperture to 1.8 for the 50mm naturally, and then focused all the way out to infinity. The best I could do with the macro was hit 1:1.5. I could basically see the hair fibers on a strawberry.

    I'm still getting used to the settings, like what to do with my macro lens and the 50mm to get the best macro shot. I have to get insanely close to the subject though =/

    I'll post more results tonight.
     
  2. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    You're actually looking at 2.1:1 magnification rates vs. 1:1.5.

    For lens reversal, it's:

    lens used/reversed lens used (105/50 in this case)

    1:1.5 isn't really even macro in most senses (exception would be the 70-180mm micro, which does 1:2; half reproduction size, but w/the 5T it becomes 1:1).

    You might want to take a look at some sort of protection for the back end of the 50mm lens. There's an attachment where it will allow you to screw a filter onto the backend and it isn't expensive at all (52mm filters are cheap).
     
  3. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    yeah I meant my 105mm was at 1:1.5, though I didn't know how to do all the conversions to take into account the reversed 50mm. Thanks for the clarification =)

    Where can I find the attachment? I've searched a bit without any luck =/

    I have a handful of 52mm filters, so if I can just screw it on to protect the back element, that'd be great.

    thanks!!
     
  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Got the coupler attachment from B&H awhile back. I forgot what it was called. I'll dig it out and see if there's anything written on it to figure out which part it is.
     
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    awesome, thanks eric =)
     
  6. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Found it. :)

    The part that you need is the BR3 ring made by Nikon.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=Search&A=details&Q=&sku=37172&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

    Here's what it looks like with the 50mm lens (top image is all 3 parts; left bottom is the 52mm macro coupler, bottom right is w/macro coupler and reverse mount bayonet with cap on top).
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  7. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    It'll probably help if I showed the coupler on the mount side. :D

    Here it is on the bottom of the lens.
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  8. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    ...and finally attached to the camera.
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  9. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    :D I want one, and the 50mm lense above :)
     
  10. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Wow you guys have too many toys... My wife wouldn't let me buy a nice camera. I'm stuck with a crappy Nikon 5400 :(
     
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    no wife = toys :D
     
  12. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    A bit late on the 50 1.4D. I had an extra lens awhile back and shipped that one to my buddy in Hawaii.

    Yup! I actually picked up photography after I split up w/my last girlfriend. It's amazing how much money I actually saved. :D

    More macro stacking.
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    Don't try this one w/some cameras. D2 bodies have metal mounts.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    wow that last one is impressive. Lots of TC's? Maybe extension tubes?

    hehe.

    D70 and D80's have metal mounts too. I'm not sure about d40 / d50's. I know some lenses have plastic mounts though, like the 18-135mm kit lens.
     
  14. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Both; last one is Nikon 105mm VR lens coupled to 1.4x TC and finally 68mm of Kenko extension tubes. I have other TCs as well, but the 1.4x TC was already on there.

    D70 and D80 do have metal mounts, but what's holding the mounts on the body isn't really sturdy. I would proceed with caution.
     
  15. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    interesting, I should look into that. I figured the d80 mounts were the same as d200 =/

    but i mean, the 70-200mm and other lenses are way heavier... and they stay on a d70/80 without a problem. I'm thinking maybe the sigzilla 300-500 f/2.8 may actually cross the line ;)
     
  16. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    They're okay on the camera by themselves, but when you're putting the weight out there on the edge, it changes things.
     
  17. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    hmm makes sense =)

    thanks for the word of caution and all the helpful photos =)
     
  18. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    d50 mount is metal.
     
  19. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    [quote author=Ibn link=topic=1861.msg17870#msg17870 date=1174933084]
    Both; last one is Nikon 105mm VR lens coupled to 1.4x TC and finally 68mm of Kenko extension tubes. I have other TCs as well, but the 1.4x TC was already on there.

    D70 and D80 do have metal mounts, but what's holding the mounts on the body isn't really sturdy. I would proceed with caution.
    [/quote]

    Any images from this combo? Thanks!
     
  20. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Not with the 1.4x TC. Here's one of the same combo w/the 1.7x TC on the other hand (pushed ISO).
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