Photography is fun. And expensive. Especially when you realize the difference between the different lenses and that there are no shortcuts.If money wasn't an issue then I would probably have something like 7-8 different lenses right now just to have the right lens for that particular moment. But as many of the lenses start at $1200 it doesn't become reality that fast.
One thing that I've always enjoyed is to see things really closeup. Not microscope closeup but you know, just so that you can explore the grooves on your finger. It puts what you can see with the naked eye in a whole new perspective.
To get a decent macro lens you get close to another $800, which is not what I'd like to pay out just to have fun a couple of hours here and there.
The picture to the left; alligator clip closeup with the final lens, Canon EFS 18-55 DIY Macro 18mm f/22 30s
A very well unknown but not new idea about macro photography is to use an SLR camera which accepts you to remove the lens and still operate and then turn the lens back to front. Of course you can't mount it back to front so you'd need to hold it in front of the camera. Then set the lens to the shortest focal lenght and infinite zoom, then place an object about an inch or two (25-50mm) away from the front (back) glass and voila! You just used you standard lens to achieve macro.
Normally you can use an 18mm lens (or zoom set to 18mm) and on a APC size sensor (not full frame) this usually means that an object that is .2 inches (5mm) will fill the whole picture. That is about 4.5x magnification!
Holding a lens if front of the camera creates two problems in itself. To start with it's of course difficult to hold the assembly still and you need to keep it still. And you need to keep it still as the available light creates a need for long exposure times.
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