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Reverse Lens Tutorial by larafairie-stock Reverse Lens Tutorial by larafairie-stock
Photography Tutorial - How to use your kit lens as a macro lens without the cost.

It's been absolutely ageeees since I submitted a tutorial.
I've learnt this technique so I'm not trying to pass it off as my own but I wanted to share the technique with you..

>> Please full view & download it for your own skill building if you wish!

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iKatie22 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ive tried this multiple times. no matter how much i pull back on the lens to the body of the camera, light always gets in. How do you do that so good??!! i need tips!
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Girlfromcloud9 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Holy shit photography hack
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Angelic-Painter Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, probably it is :) i'm happy someone figured this trick out!
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prabinum Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks a lot for this tuts..will try it now!! lets see wht happens............
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TheDarkRayne Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
How do you attach it?
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AwesomeNickname Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
looks awesome, though it just wont work... Ive tried it but the photos keep appearing too dark:( any tips?
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FtGtMC Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student
Thank you!! ^^
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Firebugg Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh.My.God.This is the most amazing thing i have ever seen! and I was about to go and buy an expensive lens! It is kinda nerve racking using the lens backwards...but still, hooray! :D
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HawthornHare Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
You wouldn't happen to know if this works for a Nikon D80 would you? I'm really new to photography & a little lost...
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ArteagaPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great, I used same tip with my cel phone and tha pictures are awsome. Sorry, my inglish it s so bad.
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puckrietveld Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If i do all the steps, my photo is getting.. very blurring.. D: Do you know what i did wrong? ^^
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Photography-Forever Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The lens is moving while you are shooting. You can by mounts for this for as little as $8. I would recommend that.
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stripedDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
wahooo,, im gunna have fun with this. thnx for sharing this!~ :)
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h3design Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Thanks ill try that ! :)
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stoppollutionnow Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how inventive! i'll definitely be keeping this in mind now :))
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9timeluv Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
xlnt techniqueeeeee....:)
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:iconxtophie:
xtophie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
haha nice!! :)
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:iconming-shuw:
Ming-Shuw Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I just try it and it works! But my pictures are blurry, i need more practise! But thanks A LOT!!! <3
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thunderoad Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Really i'm gonna try this out now!
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TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You can change the aperture of the lens on a Canon by holding down the DOF preview button and taking off the lens at the same time. :)
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PASOV Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
true
and very useful !
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TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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GranDPulse Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
excellent technique thanks for sharing
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BananaSoldier Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Very interesting!
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jmayimages Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
great examples and tutorial! I havent been brave enough to try that but now I shall!!!
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TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice :) There are reverse lens mounts you can get as well for this (I saw them on eBay) which are PERFECT because you can focus then without the hassel.
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TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
And the mounts go by the size around by the way (like 52mm or 58mm)--just in case anyone wants to know.
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Havkatt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I tried, I didnt manage to focus in any of the shots I did XDD
lol, but u got some great shots there
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I have the same camera as you, and it's not mine, but my mom's. I would try it, but I can't mess it up! And knowing me, I will! But a very interesting technique!
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like-a-new-diamond Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
i just tried this and it seems to work really quite well!

but assuming i don't drop the lens or get too much dust anywhere, might this maybe harm the camera or lens in another way? i'm a little nervous doing this regularly :/
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Stereotypical-Me Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You ROCK so much. Thank you for teaching us this. I was trying to use a magnifying glass earlier but these results are WAYYY better. If only this one ant I'm trying to photograph would quit moving!!!
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LiliArt3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
It Works with A Nikon??? Let me Konw! :D I have try but the camera tell me that the Objective is not mounted!! :( :(
Sorry for my bad English, I'm Italian! :D Thankss! :hug:
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srvvzr Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
as long as you have a lens and a body it kan be done
wider angle lens make more extreem macros i had myn sed to 55mm and i was just holding the lens and i got a gr8 close up
and then i set it to 28mm and it was extreem
like i meen EXTREME!!! the 0 on the light buld was bigger then the screen so i had a 12mp 0 XD
you can even get attachments for this prosess to work
i havnt got one
i just used my hand but i know they are out there
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abiertje Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010   Photographer
realy nice
but do you know any place where I can found it for my Nikon.

thnx
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Mistaken-EyeDenTitty Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Thanks, I've featured this here [link]
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Mistaken-EyeDenTitty Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
OMG! You're an absolute genius!!! I can't believe this works, I am so happy right now that I don't need to buy a new macro lens, I can just turn it around :) THIS IS AWESOME, thanks for a great tut. :XD:
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Photosnapps Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Massive thanks to you showing this feature x
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petxis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
just tried this on a Canon 450D and it seems to work, just really hard to focus etc like all here have been commenting but BIG BIG thanks for the tip :)
Getting the Reverse Mount Macro Adapter should make things easier and cleaner too
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KarateSchnitzel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is great! thanks! i'm using a 50mm on my 500D.
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webworm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Thank you so much for sharing!
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Hellraidgr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this work on 400d? and how tricky is it to manually fix the focus?
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tomzinho Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Oh wow.. this is awesome! Works perfectly! Well, it's a little uncomfortable but since I'm still a beginner (and poor *sob*) it's definitely a cool way to shoot awesome macros without paying so much money. THANK YOU :heart: :woohoo:
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SilverSoulmate Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
I'm definitely going to try this out... Thanks a lot for the tip!
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halfasshorse Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
This is really interesting, just gave it a go and the results are pretty good. Saved me a few hundred pounds too :) (for now at least)
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lebreton Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Student Interface Designer
great idea to reverse the lens for using it for macro :aww:
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saka50ft Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I LOVE YOU!!!!!! D thanks
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Blueeyedshortie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009   Photographer
This works on my fully automatic point & shoot (FujiFilm Finepix A500). i use a 50mm lens from my dads old film slr, which they got for £15 on eBay :)
So even if you dont have a posh camera, or just want to experiment, you can try it :)
It is very sensitive for movement.

[link] i used your tutorial here. very impressed :)
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soomal-xo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
its seem cool

i have canon 450d, i tried it but didnt work like step 2 :S
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nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Photographer
OMG!!! I JUST TRIED IT OUT!!!!!! THIS IS JUST AMAZING! YOU SAVED ME AT LEAST $300 !!!!
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nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Photographer
I have a question.. well so the lens is suposed just to be like.. not attached to the camera in any way unless you tape it? eitherway it won't work?
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