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butterfly & reversed lens

butterfly & reversed lens
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Copyright: Christos Saprikis (momos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-04 15:22
Viewed: 4740
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Female Common Blue butterfly

[I am terribly sorry but my english are not good.]:(

One of the techniques which are used in the macro photograph is the reversed lens. With this way we can focus more near in an object, with result macrophotographies with very good quality and basic... inexpensively... With this technique it can be used any old lens - that maybe someone has or can supplied handled in very low prices - making a very good system of macro photograph.

I used a Canon 350D and a lens from my old Praktica, a Pentacon 50mm 1:1,8 (min f/16}.

The reversed Pentacon was adapted in the body camera's with a hand made adaptor.
The automatism of the diaphragm of course is lost and the focus becomes only manual but:
-the depth of field is good
-the camera is light
-in a lot of photographs the natural lighting is enough
-the lens is enough small and does not have problem of shade nor with the incorporated flash of camera...
... and the photographs are very good and clean.

The big disadvantage is that the unique distance between the camera and the object where you can focus are 8-10 cm. Also in the very closed diaphragms the viewfinder is enough dark. The last one is exceeded in one degree if you focus with open diaphragm and after you close it,however it wants an enough constant hand or tripod in order to not lose the focus.

Canon EOS 350D + reversed Pentacon 50mm +RawShooter essentials 2005 + Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-04 15:56]

Christos, you do great when dealing with the lens.

I do enjoy this picture. Excellent pov, composition and sharpness.

Colors are lovely too.

There seems to be some some little bit of noise on the background, but that's a minor nit.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2005-08-04 16:00]

Superb Christos! Fantastic results mounting this old Pentacon to the 350D. Sharp, clean photo. Good POV, very good DOF. I like it!

This is great macro, Christos.
I like the composition and the POV very much.
Very good details and nice colours.
You did a great work.

BTW, Look here, I think they are quite similar ;-))

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-04 18:50]

Hello Christos, gorgeous picuture of this blue. The details are excellent. I've heard of people reversing lenses but I've not seen any results until now. Very nice work, the composition is very nice and good details and colours, well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-05 16:05]

Wonderful BG!
Perfect shot of a Lycaenidae!
Excelent details and colors!
Picture above scale!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-06 3:49]

What a superb Blue that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Interesting technical note also...

Very nice shot Christos,
Excellent POV, DOF and BG. Well composed and good exposure.
The detail is nice and sharp. Very good capture.
Thanks for posting.

Nice Christos, nice. Perfect composition, exposure, and background. It's a beautiful picture of this tiny butterfly. TFS!

Geia sou Xristo, foveri fotografia. Poly kali leptomereia, xromata, synthesi :))

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