Instant Maco Lens

(I read this tip in a blog about a year or so ago. I hope you will be as mind-blown as I was.)

When I was outside on our porch the other day, I was attracted to some tiny drops of sap that were sparkling on a Christmas decoration. I tried to get a picture with my 50mm f/1.4 lens, but it just couldn’t quite do it justice that far back.

Normal Positioning of 50mm Lens
Normal Positioning of 50mm Lens

Then, I remembered a trick I had read about in another blog. So I took the lens off the camera, turned it around, held it up to the camera, and shot through it BACKWARDS. Instant macro lens! I totally suggest trying this if for no other reason than it will make you feel like a camera Macgyver!

Same lens, but shot through it BACKWARDS. You won't have control with the focus ring, so you just have to move back and forth until your subject comes into focus.
Same lens, but shot through it BACKWARDS. You won’t have control with the focus ring, so you just have to move back and forth until your subject comes into focus.

I only tried this with one lens, but I’d be interested to hear if you have tried it with a different one and how it worked.


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