Reverse Lens Technique – Create a Macro Photography ‘Lens’ at Home

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Have you been bitten by the macro photography bug? If so, you may be wondering how you can get started with this type of extreme close-up photography, if you don’t happen to have hundreds of dollars in your budget to buy the latest/greatest macro photography lenses. There’s no need to fret, you are about to find out about the reverse lens technique. Learn how you can create your own ‘macro lens’, using nothing more than a reversing ring and some older lenses you might have lying around.

Today’s video post will take you step-by-step through the process of not only creating your new extreme close-up lens, but will also help you to use the lens properly, once you have it hooked up to your DSLR. Pay close attention to this video tutorial by NPhoto, and you’ll soon be on the fast track to creating your own macro lens for next to no money…




You may be wondering how to pull off this cool technique if you don’t have any older lenses lying around. Well, you can start by checking around on eBay or even looking at local camera shops to see if you can find some cheaper, older lenses to play with. It may take a bit of work to find what you’re looking for, but with a bit of patience and some diligence, you may be able to pick up some lenses to experiment with for pennies on the dollar.

And don’t forget to ask friends or family members if they have any old lenses you can take off their hands. Many people upgrade to new photography equipment and their old gear ends up sitting around collecting dust. And while we’re on the subject of friends, be sure to take a second or two to click on the Share button, so your friends can learn about this cool method of making a macro lens of their own.

Choosing a Lens Reversal Ring Adapter

To mount your current lens in reverse you will need a lens reversal ring adapter. In order to find a suitable adapter you will need to know the following –

1) Camera brand
2) Lens diameter (Note: This is printed onto the bottom/side of your camera lens. This is the diameter of your front lens.)

You can find these stocked at Amazon. For more information on the lens reversal ring adapter, choose the appropriate diameter for your lens below –
Nikon – 52mm58mm67mm72mm
Canon – 52mm58mm67mm72mm

* If you have a different camera brand, the easiest way to find the adapter is to click on this link to go to Amazon and browse / search for one that is relevant to your camera brand eg. Pentax reverse mount adapter 52mm

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