Post by belgiumreporter on Jan 15, 2017 8:30:21 GMT -5
With some cameras i recently aquired came this panagor 1:1 macro adapter. It has got 4 glass elements mounted on a helicoid and in combination with a 50mm lens it is capable of a stepless magnification ratio from 1:10 to 1:1. However there is a light loss of 2 stops when using the adapter.
To see how it performed i've put on a 50mm 1.8Ai nikkor and compared it set at 1:1 with the 60mm 2.8 AFD micro nikkor both at f11. Further testing won't give diffrent reults and i think this simple test will show what most of us where expecting.
Mounted on the D7100
The subject, a small nylon pouch
panagor with the nikkor 50mm 1.8 ( it is never a good idea to add glass to an existing optical formulae)
Micro nikkor 60mm AFD
both the above pictures are 1:1 cutouts from the original 6000x4000 pix
The panagor adapter can be found for anything between 20 to 60$ depending on the mount.
In general results are acceptable so if you're on a tight budget the panagor can be a solution to go 1:1, with it's limitations and if you're serious about macro i guess it's better to invest in a "real" macro lens, sometimes they can be found for not much more than some dealers want for the panagor.
As you said, the results are as expected. This Panagor adapter is often incorporated if you buy a "camera with accessories" for next to nothing (on marktplaats anyway). I fully agree your choice if you're serious about macro, but for occasional use? I have several with different mounts lying here and there:-) And sometimes it comes very handy for a quick shot (to picture things for an auction-site sale...:-). Hans