$5 subject, and literally a $5 lens. What can it do?
The contender is once again my Bismuth crystal and this new bargain glory- CPC MC 70-162mm f/3.5 Macro telephoto zoom. Got it as is from a local store for mere $5, and given its age and cost today, this thing is in immaculate condition.
Zoom and macro mechanisms are both internal, giving this thing pro kinda feel. Focus is the whole front element, which rotates outwards as you focus closer. Cool feature I haven’t seen in ages is a built-in, slide-out hood:
But, how well can it macro? Pairing it up with my good old macro extension tube, results were pretty solid.
And a crop-
And some other shots-
Not shabby at all, and much easier to manipulate than my primes in hopes of achieving similar results. Zoom and manual aperture are definitely a must options for still macro photography, though auto focus wouldn’t hurt either.
Field test shots weren’t that terrible either, although they do leave you wanting something better at the end of the day.