I may be able to use macro

posted by Jason Kottke Aug 14, 2006

I may be able to use macro filters on an existing lens instead of getting a new macro lens for my D70 in shooting through the viewfinder of the Duaflex. Investigating...

Update: Chris and Dooce are experimenting with TTV as well.

Reader comments

PaulAug 14, 2006 at 10:28PM

I can vouch for the filters themselves, not the D70: they work great. Definitely added more capabilities to my lowly-but-mighty PowerShot A80, and would probably work well for you as well.

HamzaAug 14, 2006 at 10:31PM

Is this the same thing as extension tubes? I was considering purchasing an extension tube as a relatively cheap method for macro. Good luck.

KyleAug 14, 2006 at 10:47PM

I've heard decent things about the filters. You do lose a bit of quality, as light is going through another set of glass. Extension tubes are a better choice, IMHO, as you don't lose any quality (no extra glass is involved) Right now for macros, I'm using a set of Kenko extension tubes with my 50mm and Canon 300D, and I like it a lot--I don't lose any quality as there is no glass involved, and it allows me to get some great closeups. The only downside to the extension tube is that as you add more tubes, your working distance decreases so you have to have your lens very close to what you're photographing.

blurbAug 14, 2006 at 11:06PM

I wonder if it wouldn't hurt to look at the 105mm VR lens for the D70. How much are the filters and how many would you have to purchase to get the macro you want?

ramananAug 14, 2006 at 11:45PM

Another option is to buy a tele-converter, and pop the lens out. Your lens will act like a macro lens.

robAug 15, 2006 at 9:34AM

I bet you've singlehandedly raised the average sale price on the Duraflex over at ebay, haha.

PeterAug 15, 2006 at 11:25AM

One of my co-workers has an Opteka macro lens (and seems pretty happy with it).

PatrickAug 15, 2006 at 12:33PM

Why don't you just shoot film with the Duraflex? It sounds like you're struggling to adapt modern technology to get the look and feel of film shot with the old camera. Even when you find the right combination of lens/mounting to the Duraflex, you're still not going to get the added film element.

But if you still want to move forward with this, I'd suggest buying an old Nikon f-mount manual focus macro lens from B and H or some other resale shop near you for $100 or less. The f-mount lenses will mount on your D70 but the metering won't work. Thus, just take a few exploratory photos for exposure and you're good to go without sacrificing clarity by adding filters, extension tubes etc.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.