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   Old Thread  #1736 30 May 2012 at 5.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think it's jumping spider Dave, approperate when you consider what it is sitting on
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   Old Thread  #1735 30 May 2012 at 4.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jumping Spider on my Bed
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   Old Thread  #1734 26 May 2012 at 7.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i know nothing about camera specs and my daughter wants a better camera than her compact, ive got £150 but would go to £200 to spend if i had to.
i have seen a Fuji S4500 Digital Bridge camera for £135, and i would appreciate someones opinion or maybe recommendation.
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   Old Thread  #1733 24 May 2012 at 11.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1732 24 May 2012 at 11.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That 105 works for you big time Dave, good luck with the new camera
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   Old Thread  #1731 24 May 2012 at 11.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I donít think that the camera is `not up to it` as the capture below was taken on a 450D which is older than the model you own.
The lens and accessories cost around £30 and is the outfit I was advising a previous poster about ie a reversed Canon FD lens, 50mm f1.8 with extension tubes.
I know we have had a number of PMís in respect of the problem you outlined and it could be worthwhile getting the camera checked out
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   Old Thread  #1730 24 May 2012 at 9.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks all on black, using nikon d5000+ nikkor 105 f/2.8 also used sb400 flash with diffuser.
I have also done a little enhancing with Aperture though only a little sharpness and noise reduction.
camera setting were iso 400 f/20 1/160sec manual with comp flash .
Should be upgrading my d5000 for a d5100 next week and looking forward to better handling of high iso plus more pixs should help the crop factor
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   Old Thread  #1729 24 May 2012 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Unbelievable detail dave, really impressed. What camera are you using?

Can't work out why, no matter how well focused my shots are, with whatever setting, I still end up with slightly soft looking pictures.

Maybe the camera isn't good enough? Running a Canon Eos 500d..
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   Old Thread  #1728 24 May 2012 at 7.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Heres a couple of shots I've taken this week with my nikkor 105 f/2.8 micro

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   Old Thread  #1727 24 May 2012 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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good info, enough to let me get the right gear, just need to get my pics sorted then. i normally do landscape stuff, will post a few on here soon. i was going to say i also do trophy shots, but they are mostly for others
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   Old Thread  #1726 24 May 2012 at 9.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There is a simple test to see if the lens will stop- down manually when reversed mounted.
Set a small aperture f16 and see if any of the accessible linkage bits will stop the lens down. You can see by looking through the lens if this happens.

In most cases the auto stop down system is triggered by the linkage built into the camera body.
The lens adapter has this linkage system which allows you to set an aperture on the lens. You then focus at full aperture and turn a ring on the adapter which stops the lens down to the aperture you have set.

On the extension tube front if you go with a reversed lens then a manual set in metal would be the one to go for with a reversing ring to attach the lens to the end of the tubes.

On the auto front you can put a set of auto extension tubes onto your electric lens that came with the camera and use that lens with most if not all of the functions of the camera. When the lens is reversed you will be back to a manual system

On the adapter front make sure that you do not get the type which has a lens in it to correct infinity focusing as it will not work and you will not be able to focus. The correct adapter is known as a macro adapter.

I am not that clued up on Olympus systems so there may be some options that I am not aware off. It would be a good idea to have a talk with a Olympus dealer to see what they reccomend

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   Old Thread  #1725 24 May 2012 at 8.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers for that. the 50mm 1.8 is an older zuiko lens for the OM system, and has aperture setting on it rather than the camera so should be ok. i think i'll just dive in and get the bits to try. any thoughts on extension tubes?
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   Old Thread  #1724 23 May 2012 at 9.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The 50mm 1.8 would be a good lens to reverse and you should get some great results from it. The big problem with some of the older/newer lenses is that they were made for Auto 35mm cameras and the mechanical linkage in the camera stopped the aperture down. You have to make sure that you can manually stop the aperture down when the lens is reversed.

The best way of doing this would be to get an adapter which has the Olympus fit and another system, it would not matter what that fit was as you are only interested in the Olympus fit part.

The aperture is stopped down by turning a ring on the adapter. For exposure you may be able to set the camera on auto speed and when the aperture is set on the lens the camera may set a speed to suite.
When using flash if you have a auto f/gun you can reduce the output of the gun to say ľ and select in the case of the Canon the `P` setting. I normally play around with the `F` setting until I get the results I am looking for.

On reverse lens methods there is no focusing from the lens, the whole camera and lens is moved backward and forward to achieve focus. Itís a bugger to get right at first but it gets easier with practise.
Try a search on Thomas Shahan Some of the best reversed lens capturers you will see. Looking forward to seeing your results. I have more macro capturers on JohnT2012 on the FlickR site
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   Old Thread  #1723 23 May 2012 at 5.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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nice one. i am using an olympus e410. looks like i will have to source an auto set of tubes to get the aperture working correctly then. i have an old zuiko 1.8 l50mm i was going to reverse to try out as the reversing ring is cheap. ebay here i come.
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   Old Thread  #1722 22 May 2012 at 11.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mike, this capture was taken with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens in FD mount reversed onto the camera and 2 extension tubes fitted. The aperture is controlled by a FD-EOS converter.

Not sure which camera you have but if it has an electronic focusing lens fitted to it then you would need to get a set of extension tubes which work with the electronics of the camera.
If you attach a non auto set of tubes to the camera then the lens can only be used at full aperture as there is no way to stop the lens down.

The same is true of trying to reverse an electronic lens onto the camera. On the cost front I have seen auto tubes advertised for around £60 new on EBay. In the case of Canon I think they are around the £200+ mark.

The lens that took this capture was a successful bid on EBay and I got it for £20. The reversing ring was £5 and a set of tubes were around the £8 mark. You would also need an adaptor to manually stop down and open the aperture which is a FD-EOS converter they cost around £5 for the macro version. Basically they are rubbish but ideal for this job.
I have dedicated Macro lenses but this outfit can produce some very good results.
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My last capture 1720 was taken with a 30year old lens converted to EOS mount. This was another successful bid on EBay and I got it for £80. Old glass in sort after makes is becoming scarce because in many cases they are as good if not better than the modern equivalents for the fraction of the cost.
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