Macro, old style

by Berckmans Peter May. 26, 2021 400 views

The days before digital cameras and affordable macrolenses, people also did take closeup photos. I have done it before taking macroshots with vintage gear. But not enough to get comfortable with it. Yesterday, it was raining again ,decided to give it a try again. Out came the bellows and an vintage lens, in this case the Super Takumar 50mm f2.0. Mounted everything with an adaptor on my digital Fuji and the play started. With bellows you can get pretty close and the vintage lens gives a dreamy look. I could come as close as 1 cm to my subject and depending on the focal lenght of your lens of choice you can get amazing details. These were done with a 50mm but if you use a 135mm you get really deep into your subject. They do not have the sharpness of modern lenses but found it very creative.

Here is the setup

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Colin Massey 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Superb set

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Colin Massey 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Colin

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Chuck Staruch 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Older (vintage) is better!  Great macro shots!!  From a vintage guy LOL!!smile

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Used gear like this when I was young. Glad you like them

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Prissha S 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Love this! The camera used looked really fun to toy around with and figure out. Love how the vintage lenses give such beautiful designs

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Prissha S 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Vintage glass can be great. Sometimes the hard sharpness from modern lenses is to much

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Gethin Thomas 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I like it when you get so close they become abstract shapes. Beautiful effects.

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Gethin Thomas 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A complete other world,thanks

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Adrian Morris 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great stuff Peter.
I had similar stuff. I used to beed butterflies and moths then photograph them at their various stages of development. I was fascinating watching adult butterflies emerging from the chrysalises.

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Adrian Morris 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Seemed like good fun

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Nancy Andrea D 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great post as usual, Peter. Thanks for sharing!

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Nancy Andrea D 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thx Nancy

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, that camera equipped with the bellows almost looks like a weapon 😊 Love the close-ups Peter

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Choose your weapons photographers. Thanks my friend

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

That is one heck of a setup, but definitely worth it. Can't decide which ones I really like the most, all are beautiful.

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Bellows are more versatile than tubes. Somewhere I have a set of vintage closeup filters, have to try them one day

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I've been following this guy on and off ( because he is on and off) and he has a video as well and site showing how to convert an old lens into a macro. Thought I would share since you seem to have tons of lenses smile  

https://tinythings.org/blog/2019/8/1/standard-zoom-lens-conversion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFPdan2-j4g

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
James Featherby 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting setup, good shots.

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to James Featherby 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks James. The old ways still work

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Leon Linder 3 months, 4 weeks ago

As you said VERY CREATIVE. Really liked it and brought back some memories.smile

3 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Leon Linder 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Leon, we should put more time in it.

3 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
John Durham 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Love the look, Peter. Been playing with old Minolta MC manual lenses with a reverse mount ring. My only problem is my eyes are so bad, it's hard to focus! That's why I got an auto focus  extension tube for my Nikon 18-55. Not the best, but affordable.

3 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to John Durham 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Extensiontubes can work very well. I used them a time.

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