A New Member of the Butchered Zoom Club

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4 Jun '14 Wed Jun 04, 2014 21:16    
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I like being trendy! My butchered lens will have 2 white stripes on it!


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4 Jun '14 Wed Jun 04, 2014 21:18    
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these make my macro attempts look like wide angle shots Very Happy


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4 Jun '14 Wed Jun 04, 2014 21:38    
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- cardiff_gareth

I like being trendy! My butchered lens will have 2 white stripes on it!


Paint it red and you have the Starsky and Hutch Macro. Ideal for scaring flies.

 
 
 
 
  
4 Jun '14 Wed Jun 04, 2014 21:42    
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- DrOrloff

- cardiff_gareth

I like being trendy! My butchered lens will have 2 white stripes on it!


Paint it red and you have the Starsky and Hutch Macro. Ideal for scaring flies.


..and every other living thing. Laughing Laughing

 
 
 
 
  
4 Jun '14 Wed Jun 04, 2014 21:48    
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Nope, it'll be blue with white stripes so it's like a Dodge Viper! Can I paint alloys on it also! I'll be so trendy I'll be a yuppy!

Going to take a look at the Nikkor enlarger lens first as that sounds easier to try with no go fast stripes needed!


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12 Jun '14 Thu Jun 12, 2014 17:41    
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I couldn't resist joining, so got a Pentax F 28-80 Macro for bladders on eBay. The glass came out really easy I used a cheese knife on the small element and it fitted great. Reversed a A 50 f1.7 on the end and voila. I might be tempted out in the garden later Smile First shot is in Mannesty's teaser thread.

Here's an itsy bitsy from the garden, not great but I can see the potential Smile


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12 Jun '14 Thu Jun 12, 2014 19:08    
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Nice one, Steve. Get a Nikkor!!

here's one from today...it's a Fritillary, but it's difficult to tell from this close! Laughing

 
 
 
 
  
12 Jun '14 Thu Jun 12, 2014 20:27    
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I've posted some better examples, this time with the zoom set to f16, f22 and even f32. I used my AF-500-FTZ ttl flash on a swivelling hot shoe mount heavily diffused and managed get these, very pleased indeed Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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12 Jun '14 Thu Jun 12, 2014 20:56    
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You've nailed the focus on the cranefly, and that's for sure. i always use f32 on the zoom. I use the same flash unit too. 26 quid off ebay!!

 
 
 
 
  
12 Jun '14 Thu Jun 12, 2014 21:36    
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I like the flash because you have good control and can take it down to 1/32 but I still needed two diffusers stuffed with the thin bubbly packaging.
The springtails, if that's what they are, never look sharp because they are a little fluffy. I do fancy getting the nikor enlarging lens now to go with this kit.


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16 Jun '14 Mon Jun 16, 2014 16:54    
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I've got an F35-80 and the Nikkor lens on the way to me. Can anyone point me to instructions as to how to butcher the lens and attach the Nikkor?

Many thanks, Kris.

 
 
 
 
  
16 Jun '14 Mon Jun 16, 2014 18:03    
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I can't advise you how exactly to disassemble the 35-80 Kris, the lens I 'butchered' is a FA 28-80 but If they are similar enough it's not too difficult, but fiddly. I had the added complication that there was something inside my lens that caused the zoom/focus mechanism to jam so I had to remove the mount. I don't know if that's normally necessary. but if it is, do the work on a large table and a white surface, a white sheet or similar.

It doesn't really matter which end you start at but the key is not to damage the diaphragm so whilst working on the lens, fix the diaphragm at max aperture to keep the blades out of the way of possible falling debris.

Using this combination takes a lot of patience to perfect the technique. I've 'glued' my lens with electrical tape in what I think is all the right places to fix the focus ring at infinity and the zoom ring to max zoom position. This produces the minimum vignetting. I've also put a 31mm extension tube between lens and body so that if I accidentally change the switch on the body from MF to AF-S or AF-C it's not going to wreck the focussing motor by stalling it.

This is the best I've managed so far and it's taken a lot of PP'ing to get it looking this good/bad. It was taken in natural light, no flash, consequently the camera in TAv mode chose a high ISO, hence the noise. I've even had to put it through some deblurring software to minimize camera shake.

I'm hoping IQ will improve when my Nikkor lens arrives, I'm using a Schneider Componon-S 50mm/2.8 at the moment.

K21_3690_res.jpg by Peter E Smith (AKA Mannesty), on Flickr


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16 Jun '14 Mon Jun 16, 2014 19:32    
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I think you'l like the Nikkor Peter. Very Happy



Kris,
Have a read through This Thread and if you have any questions just ask away. Very Happy

Charlotte x


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16 Jun '14 Mon Jun 16, 2014 19:33    
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I really hope so Charlotte, I'm not happy with the results I'm getting so far.


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16 Jun '14 Mon Jun 16, 2014 19:57    
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Kris! Nice to see you posting! Get some pics up, I really like your images Cool

Unless you're also moving into crazy insect macro photography in which case..... Laughing


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