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Prime Lens Photography - Macro

Main Purpose: To learn / experience the advantages (and even the disadvantages) of using a PRIME LENS which forces you to move your body in order to change the perspective of your image as opposed to turning the ring on your zoom lens.

We will shoot using only prime (fixed focal length, non-zoom) lenses.  Any type are welcome. 

This Month's Topic:   Macro Photography

This month's Prime Lens Meetup will be devoted to Macro Photography.  We will concentrate on capturing close-up images, so any additional equipment including close-up filters, extension tubes, and reversal rings are also allowed. 

Don't have a "macro" lens?  No problem, bring any prime lens and use it to take close up photos of various objects.  For under $15, you can even convert your 50mm lens into the "poor man's macro lens" by using a reversing ring.  See links below for typical 50mm f/1.8 lenses with 52mm filter threads:



When in the park, just follow the signs to Lake Pointe Hall. We'll meet just behind Lake Pointe Hall facing the lake. There are tons of places to shoot here.  Most of all, we'll have some fun and hopefully learn something new!

Although this is a FREE event for all members, please RSVP, especially if your plans change and have to cancel. Members may bring a guest to use as a model or assistant.

Steve will be there to assist our members from 6:00-8:00pm.  After the shoot (8:05pm), for those that would like to continue to join us, we will meet just down the road at Mario's Pizza to wind down, grab some food and drink, and display/discuss some of the images from this event on their large screen monitor.

Please plan on posting your best images to this event page and labeling each image with the focal length of the lens used, i.e. (50mm), so we can all enjoy and learn from them.  Selected images will be displayed at our main Monthly Meetup on Tuesday, July 1st.


** "HEAVY" RAIN  CANCELS EVENT ** (Watch this page for notices)


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    • Lonna L.

      Just found this article on using a reverse ring and it made me think of my frustrations at this shoot. The aperture device might have helped.

      July 19, 2014

  • Mireya L.

    Awesome group! I had a great time. It was great to meet you all!

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • frank mc l.

    Had a great time. Steve and Dan thanks for all the encouragement. wish I could be there more often.good seeing everyone.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Norman

    It was great as usual!

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Eliezer H.

    I had not done macro photography for a while. I needed to dust-off my extension tubes and cable release. Thank you for the opportunity, I was sorry I had to leave before the meeting for showing the pictures. I knew David would complaint for my edits before showing. I'm joking David. In reality, I was starving. I will prepare myself for next month.

    2 · June 20, 2014

    • Linda

      We missed you...

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • Linda

    Loved getting back behind tbe camera... while my photos are a bit shakey due to my broken arm...i learned a lot....thanks steve for the great ideas to exoand our knowledge.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Ruth

    Thanks for putting this together and all the help Steve. Great idea, as usual! This was my first attempt at Macro and I really enjoyed it. Hope next time I can make it to Mario's.

    2 · June 20, 2014

  • Dan C.

    I've really enjoyed it and it was my first real attempt at macro. The Foto Friends that were there, were amazing. Thanks Steve for putting it together and the friendly advice on shooting was a great help. Of course, going to Mario's afterwards and reviewing the shots was a highlight too.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Lonna L.

    My inverter came in the mail yesterday!!!! See you tomorrow night.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Dan C.

    I guess I'll be coming with a freshly formatted card, so that we can view them afterwards at Mario's

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • christina

    Just waited to say Hello looking forward to meeting everyone

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Eliezer H.

    Steve, I've never used one of these reversing rings for macro photography. How would you set the aperture with these new lenses that you set it using the camera body controls?

    June 11, 2014

    • Steve L.

      Great question, Eliezer. They actually make an adapter for this as well. Below is a link for the Nikon version, but you will ALSO need the adapter ring to attach the lens to the camera. Hope this helps:­

      June 12, 2014

  • Steve L.

    Biggs has some reversal rings in stock for Canon and Nikon for about $12. If you mention that you are a member of CPG, you'll receive an additional 10% off!

    Current sizes in stock are:

    Nikon - 52, 58, 62, 67, 77
    Canon - 58, 67, 77

    Check the filter size of the lens you are planning to use, and call Biggs to verify stock.

    June 11, 2014

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