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Unfortunately, this trick will only work if you have a camera where you have the capability of switching out lenses. Interesting idea, though.

 

For those who don't understand exactly what he's done, he's made a non-moving bellows. It's the same principle as a telescope. The bigger it is, the closer in you can bring distant objects.

 

I wonder how he cleaned out the inside of the can, seeing as Pringles do get a little salty and greasy.

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I saw that on slashdot yesterday. I was going to post it here, but then I thought *naaaah*

 

It seems like if you are going to shell out for an SLR that uses swappable lenses (especially a digital one), you'd probably get a macro-lense - and if you have a digital camera - it doesn't have lenses you can change.

 

I really admire the ingenuity of the bodge job though. Someplace in heaven, Hannibal is smiling and saying "I love it when a macro-lense comes together"

 

Unfortunately, this trick will only work if you have a camera where you have the capability of switching out lenses. Interesting idea, though.

 

For those who don't understand exactly what he's done, he's made a non-moving bellows. It's the same principle as a telescope. The bigger it is, the closer in you can bring distant objects.

 

I wonder how he cleaned out the inside of the can, seeing as Pringles do get a little salty and greasy.

 

 

I think so - since one of his first problems was due to the glare from the reflectiveness of the inside of the can. He probably cleaned it and then blackened the inside.

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Can't you just buy an extension tube for your lens to do the same thing?

 

No offense to the author, but I am not risking $700+ in camera gear to save a few dollars on a macro lens.

It seems like a great idea.. but a spendy thing if it does not work right.. I will not risk it as I went out and bought one. I like the idea though :)

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Can't you just buy an extension tube for your lens to do the same thing?

 

No offense to the author, but I am not risking $700+ in camera gear to save a few dollars on a macro lens.

 

That's what a teleconvertor is, but your lens has to be removable. I have one that is a x2. Basically what it does is it doubles whatever lens you currently have, thus a 50mm becomes a 100mm.

 

A bellows does the same thing, but in a slightly different way in that you can adjust it. I've taken some very close shots using a bellows, a 50mm lens, and closeup filters. In many ways, that kind of setup is better than the macros of most digital cameras. You can, literally, take a picture of the eye of a Sandra Garrity mini and have it fill the frame. Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit there, but not overly much. You will probably get just the top half of the face in the frame. :;):

 

The problem is that bellows can be quite pricy.

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