Macro Lens Attaching Tube – Part II

Macro Lens Attaching Tube II

As a follow-up to this post published a few weeks ago, I’ve now re-designed this tube. Many people commented that the original wouldn’t work and they were right. However, I did see something in that experiment that I liked so I decided to pursue the idea further and instead of giving up completely, see if I could modify the setup to work better, at least in a studio environment. What caught my eye was the ability to very quickly and easily created stunning backgrounds. Constructing the new version was not as easy as the first. The initial version had a jar that was 60mm diameter. That didn’t work as the bug or subject needed to be seen by the central part of the lens. As such, I purchased a glass test tube that was 30mm in diameter. A 55-28mm step down ring and a 55-62mm step up ring gave the rest of the hardware I needed to attach the final setup to the front of my Laowa 60mm UM which has a 62mm thread. I glued the test tube to the 55-28 step down ring and my macro tube was complete:

Macro Lens Attaching Tube II

This was the first shot without attempting to change the background in any way. I absolutely love the way it produces the large reflection but that reflection is also very easy to clone out:

Macro Lens Attaching Tube II

So, what happens if I wave a red glass vase behind the tube while taking the shot?

Macro Lens Attaching Tube II

And if waving a paper-weight, well, just check out the first shot in this post. So you can do natural, creative and just downright strange, all in the same tube and in seconds change the entire look and feel of the image. So has this experiment been a success? Well, I won’t be binning my latest Macro Lens Attaching Tube any time soon!