Macro (close-up) pictures – part 2

A DSLR camera, a 50mm lens, a set of compatible-mount low cost extension rings and a light source were all that I needed to capture several very satisfying close-up pictures.

I started this one year ago in January 2011 with lens reversal ring method – here. Now’s the time for a sequel, using extension rings…

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Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D lens with Size 1 Extension Ring

Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D lens with Size 1 Extension Ring.

Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D lens with Size 1 Extension Ring

Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D lens with Size 1 Extension Ring.

The 50mm lens attached to the extension tube

The 50mm lens attached to the extension tube.

Lens and extension ring mated, ready to go

Lens and extension ring mated, ready to go.

DSLR with standard 50mm lens fitted with extension tube, ready for some close up photography

DSLR with standard 50mm lens fitted with extension tube, ready for some close up photography.

Close up of Nivea Lip Care lip balm

Close up of Nivea Lip Care lip balm, one of the many things in my travel waist pouch.

Close up of my CMOY headphone amplifier's Op-Amp IC, resistors, capacitors and voltage splitter IC

Close up of my CMOY headphone amplifier's Texas Instruments Burr-Brown dual-channel Op-Amp IC, resistors, capacitors and voltage splitter IC.

Keyboard buttons on my well-used BlackBerry phone.

Keyboard buttons on my well-used BlackBerry phone.

Nikon logo on 50mm f/1.8 lens cap.

Nikon logo on 50mm f/1.8 lens cap.

The lens cap logo, with slightly different light angle.

The lens cap logo, with slightly different light angle.

"Ni" on the Nikon lens cap. This was taken using the same 50mm f/1.8 lens, but with a longer Size 2 extension ring.

"Ni" on the Nikon lens cap. This was taken using the same 50mm f/1.8 lens, but with a longer Size 2 extension ring.

Full spelling of the camera maker's product name. Using the longer Size 2 extension ring, I was able to bring the lens nearer to the object, hence obtaining higher magnification and more details.

Full spelling of the camera maker's product name. Using the longer Size 2 extension ring, I was able to bring the lens nearer to the object, hence obtaining higher magnification and more details.

Three cherry blossoms on a currency note. The actual size of the flowers on the note was very small, and the yellow rings were nearly invisible under normal house lighting.

Three cherry blossoms on a currency note. The actual size of the flowers on the note was very small, and the yellow rings were nearly invisible under normal room lighting.

A solitary cherry blossom on another part of the currency note. Lots of details were picked up by the combination of 50mm lens and the Size 2 extension ring.

A solitary cherry blossom on another part of the currency note. Lots of details were picked up by the combination of 50mm lens and the Size 2 extension ring.

Malaysia's new year 2012 version of the 20 sen coin. Golden color.

Malaysia's new year 2012 version of the 20 sen coin. Golden color.

Back of Malaysia's year 2012 version of the 20 sen coin.

Back of Malaysia's year 2012 version of the 20 sen coin.

Part of Malaysia's year 2012 new 10 sen coin. Silver color.

Part of Malaysia's year 2012 new 10 sen coin. Silver color.

Another part of Malaysia's year 2012 new 10 sen coin.

Another part of Malaysia's year 2012 new 10 sen coin.

My light source for the above pictures - an Alpine Design camp light, with a single huge white LED, powered by three AA-size batteries.

My light source for the above pictures - an Alpine Design camp light, with a single huge white LED, powered by three AA-size batteries.

My light source for the above pictures - an Alpine Design camp light, with the single huge white LED turned on providing a beam of bright white light.

The Alpine Design camp light, with the single huge white LED turned on, providing a beam of bright white light for my close-up pictures.

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