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Capturing macro with a $20 microscope lens and a DIY 3D printed adapter


Capturing macro is likely one of the most fascinating pictures subjects one can try. Apart from seeing a complete new tiny perspective on the world, there are such a lot of alternative ways you are able to do it. You should purchase an precise macro lens, or you need to use a daily lens with extension tubes or reversing rings. You may even mount two lenses again to again. Or, you are able to do what Micael Widell did and use a 3D printed adapter with a microscope goal.

The adapter comes courtesy of macro photographer and 3D printing fanatic Nicholas Sherlock, who has posted the file to Thingiverse. The adapter is obtainable in full-frame and APS-C variations for Nikon, Canon, Sony and even M42 (which could be tailored to just about every thing). And the microscope lens used is a low cost 4x achromatic goal for simply $19.99. We’ve truly featured it right here on DIYP earlier than.

Micael’s video, although, takes a deep dive into use it, together with among the caveats of capturing with such excessive magnification. With a 4x microscope goal, which means an especially shallow depth of area, which Micael describes as “a enjoyable problem” when out and about capturing handheld. Usually with a depth of area this shallow, you’d wish to rack focus and stack photos in put up to attempt to get a larger depth of area.

The elements for each the full-frame and APS-C adapters could be printed on nearly any printer. They don’t require a big construct quantity in any respect, though the orientation is kind of necessary so as to get the very best outcomes – particularly for printing the screw threads on the modular APS-C items in addition to the mount on each to attach it to your digital camera. You’ll wish to print it with PETG or ABS, too, for greatest outcomes. PLA ought to work for a short time, however it’s not going to be very sturdy.

Seeing the outcomes Micael managed to supply with this setup in his video, I’m actually tempted to go and order certainly one of these targets now and hearth up the printer. Nicely, I suppose there’s no urgency in firing up the printer if the lens is delivery from China, however nonetheless, it’s good to be ready for when these packages finally present up!



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