Reverse Lens Macro

Years back I was told you can reverse your lens to achieve beautiful macro shots. Assuming you didn’t own EF-S 60MM
F/2.8 MACRO USM. Which I drool over. Secretly I want it. Anyways, you can easily reverse your lens on your camera. Just please be very careful doing this.


The first step is to buy a ‘reverse’ ring for your specific lens. I have a 50 1.4mm and needs a 52mm thread ring (and filter size). So that’s the reversal ring I need  for my lens.

The first step is to take the lens off the camera. This is where you need to be very careful, the silver part is the electrical contacts and if they are damaged, the lens won’t work correctly when it attaches back to the camera. The next step is to take the ring and attach the part with the ‘red’ dot to the actual camera. Match red dot to red dot for it to connect.

The other part of the ring, you attach to the top of the glass, kind of like you would a ‘filter’. Then you attach the two together, this will make your lens backwards. This does expose the electrical contacts but again you need to be very careful with those.

Because the lens is technically not attached to the camera, it cannot auto focus or manual focus. You have to get close to the object you are wanting to photograph to catch the macro part. By turning the lens around, it’s basically (technically) a large magnifying glass.

Your settings, since I shoot in manual you can only set the ISO and the Kelvin. It’s challenging to get the right settings for this type of macro. But the images it creates are artistic texture types of images.

There is going to be field blur though because you cannot focus on your subject too much. However here are some macro shots of a rose, pamphlets, and wool.

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  1. Hello Amanda, I’m writing to share something you might find interesting. My wife was recently checking online and found your post dealing with Melissa. Well it was our horror story all over again. We moved 2 years ago from Palm Coast because of her. We lived across the street from her and my wife started a friendship with her, but soon her colors started showing and we decided it was best we didn’t associate with them. We were not malicious we just decided that we would no longer have anymore contact then neighbor’s the usual good morning nice weather, have a good one. Well she wasn’t having it and well it was a nightmare that forced us to move. We have a lot of documentation and if we stayed I would have not only took criminal case against her but also a civil case. There is too much to write the whole story of what she did as I’m sure you have been on the receiving side. I just felt compelled to share after reading your story. I’m sure there are others as its the same story almost identical. This woman is deranged and I’d like to say she would get hers but right when she was done with us she started stalking you so I think she has probably always gotten away with it. We just all move and she moves on to the next victim. Feel free to contact me if you ever need testimony and evidence in a civil or criminal case against her.

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