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    Royal Mail Macro Kit

    So you want to take REALLY close-up pictures but you can't afford a macro lens and all the paraphernalia that has to go with it to get the shots you want?

    Not a problem.

    Get hold of an old 50mm lens, doesn't matter what, all it needs is to have an aperture ring (all the old cheap ones do) and be about the same diameter as your lens mount. You also need a cardboard tube, the sort you would send a photo through the post in. Bung the lens in one end of the tube with the rear element sticking out and either push the other end up against your camera body, or if you want it a bit more stable, cut the inside out of a body cap, glue it into the tube and mount the whole lot to your SLR.

    Normal set-up: Nikon D300s + 60mm Micro.

    Royal Mail Macro Kit

    The results: not bad but not exactly what i was after.

    Royal Mail Macro Kit

    The Royal Mail set-up: D300s + cardboard tube with a Pentax 50mm jammed in the end.

    Royal Mail Macro Kit

    The results: no cropping, this is full frame. Had to adjust the levels a fair bit as contrast is lost due to the inside of the tube being somewhat less perfect than a nice lens and the focussing was a nightmare. Took a few shots before I realised I was in the pens ball so this one has me grinning at it.

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    Re: Royal Mail Macro Kit

    Awesome! Thanks a lot for sharing! You gave me some ideas to work on.

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    Re: Royal Mail Macro Kit

    I'm not impressed often, but here I am. Don't think I will be doing it though. But still it is very imaginative.

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    Interesting that the book it's resting on is Fear is the Key. I think I'd fear getting dust on the sensor!

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    Re: Royal Mail Macro Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    Interesting that the book it's resting on is Fear is the Key. I think I'd fear getting dust on the sensor!
    Ha ha!

    Quick blast out with a Pocket Rocket normally does the trick - I've got some shots somewhere taken with a lens cap I turned into a pin-hole so the camera is no stranger to dust.

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    Re: Royal Mail Macro Kit

    Hi Robin,

    I can't argue with the results, that's a huge magnification.

    Just one word of warning; I would be fearful of getting cardboard 'dust' inside the camera body.

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    Re: Royal Mail Macro Kit

    Nice results with your digital microscope

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