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Posted by Spike (Bristol, United Kingdom) on 26 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Some are adventurous; others are reluctant to leave the nest.

Tech stuff: taken through a makeshift reversing adapter made with an old UV filter, a spare body cap, and a bit of epoxy glue. The lens is my OM Zuiko 50mm set at f/4 (whatever that means when it's reversed...).

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh this is marvellous! Clarity and detail and composition! very very well done!

26 Apr 2010 6:34pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is a fantastic photo! you have some marvelous images here, my friend. I must look into the reversing adapter that you speak of.

27 Apr 2010 3:40am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

That zuiko lens is really tacksharp! I had to visit again here to admire it =D

27 Apr 2010 11:20am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous macro work, so let me get this right, the body cap is drilled out to make a nice big aperture then it is glued to the frame of the filter, which is then screwed on to the lens?

28 Apr 2010 12:03pm

@Curly: Yep, that's pretty much it. If you check the back of the body cap, you will probably see the obvious hole to make. I used a drill and a half-round rasp for the bulk of the work, and cleaned up the edge with a sharp knife. Make sure there's no plastic dust or swarf left on it to get into your camera.

I left the glass in the filter: it adds a bit of rigidity and protects the sensor from dust and other foreign bodies. Glueing: a couple of dots of "instant" glue to position and hold the filter in place, then a bead of epoxy all the way round to fix and seal it. Give it its full time to set.

Attach the adapter to the camera, then screw the lens onto the adapter. If you have extension tubes, put one on the exposed bayonet of the lens - it protects the rear element, acts as a hood, and (on some lens systems) forces the aperture to stop down to whatever's set on the dial.

That's pretty much it. I keep one hand supporting the reversed lens - don't want accidents. As it turns out, you'll probably do this anyway to steady and aim the camera. Focusing is by moving the whole camera back and forth, and tilting changes how the focus plane cuts through the image. I tend to focus and compose with the aperture open, and stop down to get the DoF you want. Beware that smaller apertures will show up every speck of dust on your sensor...

Hope this helps. Have fun! :-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great! thanks for the tips, I'll be off to Tynemouth market at the weekend where I know that a dealer sells second hand camera and lenses, I'll be looking for a half decent manual 28mm I think.

28 Apr 2010 6:32pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, cracking image, such good detail

29 Apr 2010 7:21pm