'Macro' for $3

A small macro project with a budget of 3 dollars (about 100 hryvnia at the time of purchase). Final result here (Google Drive, 40+ files).


  1. Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm L lens
  2. Nikon D40 Camera
  3. adapter ring M39->M42
  4. adapter M42->Nikon F
  5. extension rings M42
  6. memory card Lexar Professional 633x SDHC 32GB Class 10 UHS-I V10 U1
  7. Flash Nikon SpeedLight SB-900
  8. Yongnuo Digital RF-602/N Wireless Flash Trigger
  9. portable LED video light LAOFAS Rainbow Fresh Full Color RGB
  10. batteries for flash Panasonic Eneloop 1900 mAh
  11. Charger La Crosse BC-1000
  12. USB card reader for SD and MicroSD memory cards (included with 7Artisans 50/0.95 lens)
  13. Nonwater Nano Waterproof
  14. software: Nikon Capture NX-D, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Topaz Gigapixel AI, Topaz Sharpen AI, FastStone Photo Resizer

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Comments: 7, on the topic: 'Macro' for $3

  • Sergei

    A very decent picture in macro, despite the cheapness of the lens and the calculation of the optical scheme of Industar-26M to infinity. Of course, post-processing in the Topaz program, etc., helped a lot.
    In principle, one could try even cheaper lenses - Mikar S 55mm / 4,5 or Industar-50U (Arkady has already reviewed these devices).
    In the Russian Federation, their red price is 100 rubles ($1,5). Although the blackening is probably worse than that of the I-26M.
    I am sure that Arkady would have done well too.

  • vb

    Very BEAUTIFUL photos, indeed! Just unreal somehow ;-))
    Excerpt not specified.
    It would be interesting to see raw pictures.
    I can’t understand whose contribution to the final picture is greater?
    A very ancient lens ;-)
    Ancient digital mirror ;-)
    Direct hands of the photographer ;-)
    Modern Rice Software ;-)

    • B. R. P.

      I think there's a bit of everything, as they say. Minimum lens, maximum creativity.

  • Michael

    Is it possible to use I-26 instead of I-61m?

    • Rodion

      You can) The I-61 rangefinder has only a diaphragm, usually six blades, not 10. And the bokeh is often not so tasty.

      • Michael

        Thank you. To be more precise, I have an I-61L / D on the FED. I will order adapters on Ali.

  • Someone

    Hmmm, I tried to shoot on this industry. Shit is rare, specifically my copy, there was no smell of picture quality even after post-processing. Apparently the author was more fortunate.

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