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    Default Please help with macro lens options

    I have a Samsung NX5 digital camera with an 18-55 lens that I bought second hand a couple of years ago on impulse.
    I donít use it enough to justify buying a proper macro lens but would like to use it to take pictures of flies that would be much better than my iPhone currently manages.
    Please could any savvy photographer on here suggest which compatible options are available? Iím thinking of the converter lenses that go over the lens I have that Iíve seen online, but I donít know if they would work or are really compatible.
    Iím not very experienced with this type of camera but Iím willing to put the time in to learn if the end results will be worth it.

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Courty
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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    Just use a iPhone


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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    A good close-up lens that screws into the filter thread will do a decent job, not as good as a dedicated macro lens, but certainly way better than a standard iPhone lens. I don't know the Samsung camera, as with all things photographic quality has a price and you may find cheaper close-up lenses have distortion. A double element close-up lens would be better if one is made in the right filter thread size for the camera.

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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    I bought a Samsung NV7 compact because of the quality of some of the Images of flies that I had seen on here .One thing for sure for not a lot of money you get a wonderful macro.IMHO.

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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    I can see that there is a thread inside the rim of the zoom lens I have fitted, I presume that is where an adapter would go?
    Maybe I should go old school and go into a photography shop with what I have and see what they have.
    I just donít know much about cameras at all once you get past a basic compact. The last compact I had packed in some years ago, an iPhone does most of the things I want now, but Iíd like a better option for close ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by courty View Post
    I have a Samsung NX5 digital camera with an 18-55 lens that I bought second hand a couple of years ago on impulse.
    I don’t use it enough to justify buying a proper macro lens but would like to use it to take pictures of flies that would be much better than my iPhone currently manages.
    I would say you have 3 basic options:

    1) Close-up filters (as mentioned by Olive Dabbler). These are effectively like putting a 'reading monacle' on your lens, so it sees better close up. You will find sets of them on eBay/Amazon, etc for not a lot of dosh. A typical set is: +1, +2, +4, +10; with +10 being the strongest magnification.

    2) Extension tubes. These fit between the camera and the lens and, in taking the lens further from the camera, bring the focal plane closer to the camera, allowing macro type photography. There are two types - cheap one with no electronic communication between lens and camera, so everything becomes manual, and more expensive ones that retain full communication bweteen camera and lens. Both types are plentiful on eBay/Amazon, etc

    Both of these options have their drawbacks - exposure issues, and focusing issues. But with practice these can be overcome.

    3) Buy a reversing adaptor for your lens and turn it round the other way. Everything bcomes manual at this point, and the main problem with modern lenses is that there is no manual aperture ring on the lens. Therefore, the best lens for this job is an old 35 mm film lens, and you can pick these up on eBay for a few quid.

    I did a thread on cheap macro options for folk with dSLRs (and mirrorless equivalents) a good few years ago. There are lots of useful links in it. It is there if you do a search for it.

    Col
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    I found a couple of old threads on the subject. Unfortunately, the links in the pics in one of them have been broken. Also, they are a bit long in the tooth anyway, and could do with updating. Rainy afternoon job...

    However, they should point you in the right direction...

    dSLR on a budget/dSLR macro on a budget

    https://www.flyfishing.co.uk/photogr...%A35-50-a.html

    Col
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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    For phones and compact cameras...
    Break the lense out of a disposable camera, blue tack the lense in front of the camera/phone lense.
    That gives you very good magnification.
    For high quality photos you used to be able to buy 2x adapters with removable optics, reverse lens adaptors, or 1/10x screw on type they all give good macro shots.
    The 2x adapter has the added benefit of making your lens 2x stronger.
    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    ... compact cameras...
    I got the impression that all decent compact cameras have good macro ability without any additions these days?

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    Default Re: Please help with macro lens options

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    I got the impression that all decent compact cameras have good macro ability without any additions these days?

    Col
    Indeed they do, tripod mounted Canon Powershot G16 (12MP launched in 2013) uncropped image, with just a tweek on exposure post processing. For posting online, would seem ideal.


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