Weevil drinking maple syrup (pic)
This past winter I bought a Nikkor 50mm F2.8 enlarger lens off eBay for a whole $20.00. This lens has a reputation as a good sharp macro lens when reversed on a bellows. So using a couple of $2.00 adaptors (also off eBay) I tried mounting the lens (reversed) on a vintage OM telescopic auto extension tube 65-116 on my OM-D EM-5 body. The result was magnification of almost 2:1 with the auto extension tube collapsed, and almost 3:1 with it fully extended. Surprisingly, the working distance is very respectable at 6.5cm (collapsed) and 5.5cm (extended).
The photo below is the best result of my first test of the lens. All-in-all Iím reasonably satisfied. I expected some loss of resolution due to the extension, but it didnít turn out too bad. The image has higher contrast and more muted colours than what I get when I shoot with my Zuiko 35mm macro. So this set-up definitively doesnít produce images as nice as the Zuiko, but the price was certainly right; and I was able to photograph a tiny insect taking a drink from a drop of syrup...and thatís pretty cool!
P6170326 edit 2 weevil drop copyright ernie cooper 2013 b_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
nikkor on collapsable labelled copy by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
The Most Uncreative Name in the History of Ever
C'mon, Mr. Weevil, go on and kiss the glass orb...That's it, yes, now let me get a picture...There, it's beautiful!
Is that pretty much how it went?
LOL! Pretty much...except it was followed by a series of [click] "damn!"; [click] "damn!"; [click] "damn!"...as I tried to actually get a shot in focus. Hand-holding at that magnification and shallow depth of field is tricky!
Originally Posted by Plant Planter