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Fun with a 135mm and macro tubes

Vintage Vivitar 135mm prime backed with all 4 Asanuma macro tubes. It's M42 mount week!

Vintage Vivitar 135mm prime backed with all 4 Asanuma macro tubes. It’s M42 mount week!

These are all full-frame, not cropped. Boy howdy, you can get in close, yet not so close that context is lost.

These are all full-frame, not cropped. Boy howdy, you can get in close, yet not so close that context is lost.

Nice for inventorying those type slug markings!

Nice for inventorying those type slug markings!

You *can* be abstract in this field of view.

You *can* be abstract in this field of view.

can get pretty good depth of field at f22.

can get pretty good depth of field at f22.

Not so much at f2.8 - the focus just explodes beyond a thin slit of sanity.

Not so much at f2.8 – the focus just explodes beyond a thin slit of sanity.

Updated: December 5, 2013 — 5:54 pm

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  1. It puts my mobile phone camera to shame! :)

  2. Honorable Reverend Munk, you sorely tempting me to haul out my collection of 35mm gear. And 2-1/4 gear. And 4×5 gear. It’s all been too long resting.

    1. dooo eeet! I love being an adult living in this particular time – i can play with such fun toys that are just obsolete enough to be sitting around on thrift store shelves for pennies :D

      If you have the toys – PLAY!

  3. My macro solution is similar. I fix a couple of (very inexpensive) Nikon Ai extension tubes from my old Nikon FM2 set-up to my old 50mm prime and click the lot onto the front of my Nikon D5000. Uncoupled, but an educated guess on exposure with some fine tuning and a rock-steady tripod can give excellent results. It opens up a whole new world!

    1. yep, these tubes were a sort of consolation prize I got when i found a thrift store with a *whole shelf* of lenses. Sadly they were all Nikon autofocus and Canon FD lenses, and the only M42 stuff were the tubes and a 2x Teledaptor. Still not bad for $6. :D

  4. Them tubes do awesome work. And what a beautiful Olivetti label. ( :

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