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  • Don't have any binoculars

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    Default **Binocular Trick** No Macro Lens? No Problem!

    MODS I went ahead and put all 4 photo's in this thread because all 4 were taken with the same process I figured why post 4 different threads with the same process when I could make one post with the process and 4 pictures showing it if thats OK.


    UPDATE 8/1/09 I added 4 more Pics at the end of the thread scroll down to see them!
    And I checked the Binoculars they are 10X50 Wide Angle


    OK here is what I did...........Read Carefully............
    I took a pair of Simmons Wide Angle binoculars and unscrewed the end where the BIG lens is.....NOT the end you look through.(Mine is the same size as the lens opening in my Kit lens)
    I took out the lens and made a mount for it out of a rubber end cap from the binocluars and then took some painters tape (the blue kind that doesn't leave sticky stuff on what it is stuck to) and taped it onto the end of my Kit lens up against the glass. It looks kind of funny

    BUT

    The end result is some INSANE depth of field at only about 1 inch away from your subject and some awesome macro shots and it all cost me $0.00

    You must put your lens on MANUAL FOCUS and play with your zoom/focus to get your subject in focus but once you get it you will get some amazing shots.

    PS these were all taken in complete darkness with only a 25 LED battery powered tent light as the light source and my lens anywhere from 1-4 inches from the subject. Yeah this is with the KIT LENS!!!!

    Here they are.......

    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
    Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire


    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
    Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
    Aperture: f/4.5
    Focal Length: 30 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire



    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
    Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire



    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Exposure: 0.00
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Off, Did not fire
    Last edited by WVCoalMiner; 08-02-2009 at 06:52 AM.
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    Wow, very cool and very nice colours.

    You mention wide angle binoculars. How are they different from regular. I would like to try this.

    Thanks!
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    Not really sure if they make a difference or not but mine just so happened to state that they were wide angle on the side of them. Give it a try and see how yours turns out. By the way I can still put my binoculars back together. They had a ring that just screwed out to release the lens from the binoculars so I can just slip the lens back in and tighten the ring back down and the binoculars will be back to normal. I'll try to take a pic of my camera with the lens attached and post it into this thread for all to see.


    Last edited by WVCoalMiner; 07-27-2009 at 06:45 AM. Reason: Added Pics
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    What a good idea! Thanks for the tip.
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    Great idea for a "Poor Mans' Macro". This gives a much deeper DOF than the Screw-on type filters. Thanks for sharing this tip.
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    You're welcome guys and if you try it please post your results as well.
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    I might have to try this out, if only I had binoculars though! The reverse 50mm is nice, but I dont have a reverse mount for it so I just hand hold the lens. This binocular thing could be useful and easier to do though!
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    Yeah it took me all of 10 minutes to get it set up and working.
    2-Canon 5D's & 1- Canon XTi 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5 Kit Lenses, Canon EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III
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    Thumbs up Binocular trick

    Very ingenious and very resourceful. You get the MacGuyver award in my book.

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    HAHAHA Thanks for the award LOL
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