The $25 Macro Lens Photography for Bloggers Hack
Bloggers know that you need to take good photos, but macro lens for your dSLR camera can be quite expensive. This Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Fixed Zoom Lens costs almost $600, and this Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED costs almost $900. I am saving up my money to purchase these Nikon macro lens, but in the meantime, I want to show everyone the $25 macro lens photography for bloggers hack. Of course, anyone can use this hack, but bloggers (who can’t yet afford the expensive lens) will benefit from this.
$25 Macro Lens Hack
I purchased the Neewer 52MM Macro Lens Filter Accessory Kit for $30.00. There is also a 58mm Vivitar Professional UV CPL FLD Lens Filter and Close-Up Macro Accessory Kit
available, as well as just the lens: Vivitar +1 +2 +4 +10 Close-Up Macro Filter Set with Pouch (58mm)
and Vivitar +1/+2/+4/+10 Macro Lens Filte Set (52mm). Please note the 58mm and the 52mm size differences. This is called the lens diameter.
I have a Nikon camera, and most Nikons have a 52mm or 58mm. (Since I do not own a Canon, I do not know what the lens diameter is.)
Macro Filter Comparison Photographs
So here is a picture of an onion taken on my regular lens (Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G Zoom Lens). This lens is one of the standard lenses that come with the Nikon d7200, but you can purchase it separately for about $250.
1x macro filter:
Please excuse the lighting … I took these photographs in this lighting on purpose (see below).
2x macro filter:
4x macro filter:
and finally, the 10x macro filter:
The Macro Photograph Diffuser-Envelope Hack
You may have noticed a lighting change from the regular lens to the pictures that I took with the macro filters. That’s because I used an envelope in front of the flash.
This simple envelope hack prevented an ugly lens shadow from forming, when taking very close pictures of objects:
So how do you get it to focus?
If you purchase the macro filters, you will notice that your camera is unable to autofocus. That is because you are putting something on top of the lens, and the camera “goes haywire” and doesn’t know what to do.
So how do you fix this problem?
Very simple. You take the camera off of auto-focus. The pictures above were all “manual” focus pictures.
What I did was take a photograph of the onion on auto-focus. The camera did its thing, and I got a nice picture.
Next, I switched the camera to manual focus.
On the d7200, it is #1:
#2 is also part of auto-focus on the lens, but I use the button at position #1.
Then, you “creep” closer to the object. This means physically going closer to whatever it is you are taking the photograph of. For the 10x macro filter, I was practically touching the lens to the onion. You move yourself to put the object in focus (instead of focusing the lens).
Voila! You have picture-perfect macro photographs.