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A Reverse Lens Technique With the Zenit SLR

Have you heard of the reverse lens technique? I got all this information from the internet which states that reverse lens technique makes your lens become a macro lens.

Have you heard of the reverse lens technique? I got all this information from the internet which states that reverse lens technique makes your lens become a macro lens.

At first I didn’t believe it, but I tried it on my Zenit E SLR camera with a Helios lens. When you reverse the lens, the front part of lens (normally attach with a filter) is now on the camera lens mount. You will need to hold the lens when taking picture because the lens is not screwed in to the camera body. I try it by holding the lens, set the biggest aperture possible and get as close as possible to the object until you see the object is in focus and press the shutter.

Some sample pictures are provided below. Take out your zenit camera and try it now!

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written by iamwen

11 comments

  1. superlighter

    superlighter

    I love the Helios lens blurrines!

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  2. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    I like that dreamy effect! I like that crazy lo-fi idea :) thanks for sharing :)

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  3. brendend

    I used to do this in high school with my old Canon SLR - I loved the effect and my classmates were always curious!

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  4. oldskool_rider

    oldskool_rider

    wow, this is so good, i love the shota and am definitely going to try it

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  5. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    I love the color characteristics to these shots. I did this with my digital and Diana lens and it worked great, but I haven't been brave enough to try it with film because I can't quite find the focus distance.

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  6. zanther

    zanther

    My friend used the same technique with his Petax *istDL. Apparently it also works if you hold two lenses together so that the lens mounted on the camera is looking into the other lens' front element. Its supposed to give you a little more distance to work with because it magnifies the image twice. Or something like that. I wouldn't know. I always used a macro lens or pinhole.
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  7. vaya_cornholio

    bokeh effect! cool..
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  8. weechonghooi

    weechonghooi

    great technique... well done iamwen~!! i like this mode~!! haha!

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  9. makeyuu

    makeyuu

    tried it today. also tried the reversed lens with a diana+lens in front of it and with this combo i was able to make suuper close ups.

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  10. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    ok i tried this on my zenit e and i got macro shots, weird and cool

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  11. paperplanepilot

    paperplanepilot

    what film speed and aperture settings did you use? wont you over expose your film?

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