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    Default My macro shooting on budget setup

    Want to share my DIY experiment, this is my first macro shooting. Feel free to give comments.

    I used these ingredients to create a soft box (saw this idea somewhere on the internet)

    before


    after


    I covered the inner part with aluminium foil


    testing part

    with normal diffuser


    with DIY toothpaste box
    Last edited by oceanpriest; 18th September 2010 at 03:48 PM.

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    Default Re: My macro shooting on budget setup

    My gears

    Pentax K-x + Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter (bought it for 40 USD from ebay) + Pentax SMC M 50mm f1.7 (around 100 SGD) + DIY soft box/diffuser (10 to 20 SGD)

    SMC M 50mm f.7


    Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter


    Some shots taken using this setup






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    More shots








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    Default Re: My macro shooting on budget setup

    Some close up ones







    Thanks for viewing

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    nice works well, cheap

    not sure how you constructed the soft box but if its just black paper and aluminum foil, it might not last?

    can share if u used anything to hold the shape in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post

    is the other box for built-in flash?

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    Interesting.

    marcus

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    nice works well, cheap

    not sure how you constructed the soft box but if its just black paper and aluminum foil, it might not last?

    can share if u used anything to hold the shape in place?
    I use the same semi-transparent board as the front part, I dunno what's the name. So it's strong enough. Black paper just to make it match my black k-x body.

    Quote Originally Posted by evolutioner View Post
    is the other box for built-in flash?
    the toothpaste box? yes it's for the built-in flash. still have some left over materials, maybe will make some reflector or diffuser.

    Quote Originally Posted by otc View Post
    Interesting.
    thanks.

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    nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    I use the same semi-transparent board as the front part, I dunno what's the name. So it's strong enough. Black paper just to make it match my black k-x body.
    its corrugated board i'ved used them before for lots of other DIY projects. very versatile.

    i thought about making something similar before but one factor stopped me: its not collapsible so its hard to transport bound to get squashed in my small kata bag.

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    great DIY,man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    Some close up ones





    Thanks for viewing
    the diffuser seems to work well. btw, how did you mount the flash? the light direction is on the high side as observed from the shadow at the lower portion of the eyes of the dragon in the photo.
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    mine showing a bit more angle on the box diffuser for popup flash?
    i'm planning on making one myself..

    thanks~

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    hi! very nice post! maybe you could make an informal seminar of sort - to have an actual example
    i'm sure there would be a lot of people joining
    Great photography are gained not thru purchases, instead it is acquired thru practice

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    Agreed with seefei, the lower part of the diffuser is too high up. Try to do the lower part to touch the front elements of the lens. You will have better result. ie the angle of the diffuser should be wider.

    marcus

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    its corrugated board i'ved used them before for lots of other DIY projects. very versatile.

    i thought about making something similar before but one factor stopped me: its not collapsible so its hard to transport bound to get squashed in my small kata bag.
    You got 10 fingers, allocate 2 fingers to carry mah.

    marcus

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    Default Re: My macro shooting on budget setup

    I like this!

    Most of the 50m F2 designs by Japanese aimed to achieve flat field. Most of them are good for copying documents in the old days. The 50mm F1.7 is either the double gauss or Tessar copy which is great for this purpose. Using a macro extension tube allows close focusing. From the pictures, since it is using on cropped factor, the edge fall offs are absent. The 50mm F1.4 in the old days were not recommended for close focusing/copying. Perhaps in cropped factor we should try and see if that rule no longer applies.

    Great work!
    MF Film user. Nikon D800 works too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seefei View Post
    the diffuser seems to work well. btw, how did you mount the flash? the light direction is on the high side as observed from the shadow at the lower portion of the eyes of the dragon in the photo.
    Quote Originally Posted by otc View Post
    Agreed with seefei, the lower part of the diffuser is too high up. Try to do the lower part to touch the front elements of the lens. You will have better result. ie the angle of the diffuser should be wider.
    I used an external flash mounted on the hotshoe. Actually when I was making the softbox, I did not know what macro lens I would use and how far from the object, so I tried to make the lower part as wide as possible. I think I need to modify it later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikkornos View Post
    I like this!

    Most of the 50m F2 designs by Japanese aimed to achieve flat field. Most of them are good for copying documents in the old days. The 50mm F1.7 is either the double gauss or Tessar copy which is great for this purpose. Using a macro extension tube allows close focusing. From the pictures, since it is using on cropped factor, the edge fall offs are absent. The 50mm F1.4 in the old days were not recommended for close focusing/copying. Perhaps in cropped factor we should try and see if that rule no longer applies.

    Great work!
    I read from pentaxforum that vivitar and 50 1.7 are perfect couple, haven't tried their recommendation until today. Should I solder them together

    Nice information, I really like to hear more about pentax lenses history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    I read from pentaxforum that vivitar and 50 1.7 are perfect couple, haven't tried their recommendation until today. Should I solder them together

    Nice information, I really like to hear more about pentax lenses history.
    good affordable setup, witness this setup today and I was wow.....
    Last edited by poseur; 18th September 2010 at 10:58 PM. Reason: typo error
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