Turn an Old Kit Lens into a Macro Lens

Turn an Old Kit Lens into a Macro Lens

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Turn an Old Kit Lens into a Macro Lens

Kit lens refers to the lens that comes along when purchasing a DSLR camera body. Most DSLR users own (or have owned) a kit lens that came with their first cameras. Common kit lens models for entry-level and mid-range EOS DSLR cameras include EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM etc.

Your first kit lens may probably end up locked in the moisture-proof box after you have been in photography for some time and aim for higher image quality. In fact, you can give new life to it and turn it into a macro lens with one simple action. Simply turn your lens around and hold it tight to the camera body to take a macro shot! Let’s check out the below sample photos:
Coin
Skin texture
Sponge
Pay attention to the following when shooting:
  • Since the lens is detached, only M mode can be used
  • The reversed lens should stay tight to the camera body or light leakage will occur
  • Move the lens front or back to focus. The shooting distance is usually within 5cm. Since the lens do not stay still, a higher shutter speed is preferred to avoid hand shaking
  • The subject may be shadowed by the lens easily. So a separate light source is needed to illuminate the subject
The 18-135mm lens used gives an excellent macro magnification even higher than that of a macro lens and works like a microscope. Just be careful of the dust which may land on the lens. Try this out if you still have your kit lens with you.
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