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Mounting a lens in reverse: strength of the filter thread part?

Lens weight when reverse mounting is rarely an issue. The technique gives the best result with normal or slightly wide angle prime lens. These are not heavy. Mounting a telephoto lens in fact gives ...
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How can I shoot in live view with a reversed lens?

Basic cameras use "exposure simulation" in Liveview to help the shooter visualize what the final exposure will be. This creates problems when using manual lenses or any lens that does not communicate ...
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How do I find a cheap prime wide lens (28mm) to use reversed on a Canon DSLR?

Your best option is to get an old, manual focus lens. While new lenses are available, they are likely to cost more with little benefit for your purpose (experimentation with lens reversal). The mount ...
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How do I control aperture with lens reversal for macro?

For Nikon F-mount lenses with mechanical aperture control, you can use the Nikon BR-6 Auto Diaphragm Ring. For Canon EF lenses, which have electronic only camera/lens communication, you can use an "...
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Macro photography using reverse lens doesn't work for my DSLR

There is nothing wrong with the camera. Since lens is not attached, camera doesn't detect it and you can not shoot. solution : buy a reverse ring (Rs.200 cheaper one) for 18-55mm for your mount.
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Will a Canon MP-E 65 provide more depth of field than a reversed lens?

Can the MP-E 65 achieve a greater depth of field at the same magnification than a stopped down reversed lens? Probably not much in the center of the frame. Where the big advantage of the purpose ...
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How does a 'reversing adapter with automatic system' deal with the *inverseness* of the reversed lens?

The aperture operates in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the lens, so reversing the lens doesn't affect the way the aperture operates. Opening the aperture still lets in more light. ...
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What reverse connector do I need for Nikon?

Actually instead of holding the apeture lever or using an aftermarket adapter you can use your DOF preview button or live view when the lens is connected properly. Then without shutting the camera off,...
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Proper method to measure the magnification of a reversed lens

Photograph a normal ruler, mm scale preferred. Then if your sensor is 24 mm wide (camera specs should say), and if the image shows say 20mm of that ruler, then the magnification is 24/20 or 1.2x (...
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How can one use a reversing ring with Nikon G lenses?

Fotodiox makes a Nikon F mount –to– 52mm adapter with aperture control (or at least, made. I cannot find it on fotodioxpro.com, only on Amazon.com). This adapter mounts to the bayonet mount of a ...
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How can one use a reversing ring with Nikon G lenses?

Get a set of cheap screw Nikon G extension tubes from eBay. The part with the lens mount can be unscrewed from the rest of the tubes and mounted to the lens. This allows you to easily control the ...
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How can I shoot in live view with a reversed lens?

You may be underexposed in Manual mode and that's why exposure simulation is showing you a black screen. Try using Av mode, and seeing if exposure simulation now works to show you an image.
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Why is my reversal ring not working with the lens's aperture?

There is no electronic connection between the lens and the body. Except if you have bought the macro adapter. If you want to control the aperture, you have two options: Buy an adapter that provides ...
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Macro photography using reverse lens doesn't work for my DSLR

Make sure you are working on Manual mode. That should work. Most DSLR cameras will not work on any mode but that one without an electronic lens attached. Another trick is to use another lens over ...
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How to properly focus using a Macro reverse ring?

If you achieve proper focus you will be able to see a clear image in both your optical viewfinder and your Live View display. The fact that you don't see a clear image is just because you do not have ...
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How to properly focus using a Macro reverse ring?

In general, the best way to focus when using a reverser ring is to focus the lens at infinity, point the camera at your target, and then move the whole camera/lens assembly towards or away from your ...
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What are the ways to improve magnification in the reversed lens configuration?

You may use extensión rings or auto bellows to obtain greater magnífication, with normal or reversed lens.
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Macro photography using reverse lens doesn't work for my DSLR

The problem is, once the normal lens is detached, the lens no longer able to exchanges electronic and mechanical instructions with the camera body. You can work this way, but now the burden to make ...
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Mounting a lens in reverse: strength of the filter thread part?

I have never trusted a reverse mount for macro photography. Partly because of your noted concerns regarding the stress on the screw-thread [& possibly worse on the zoom, should you try to use one],...
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How does a 'reversing adapter with automatic system' deal with the *inverseness* of the reversed lens?

I would hazard a guess and say probably the same way it does normally. As the AF is in body, and the adapter provides communication between camera and the lens it keeps sending signals to the lens ...
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Will manual focus be available when reverse mounting a lens?

NO. Manual focus will NOT be available with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 that is reverse mounted to the camera body. Reverse mounting attaches the filter threads, and all the glass elements of the lens, ...
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