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General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler - For Mounting Two Lenses of 52mm Face to Face

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Designed to allow the photographer to face two lenses together, via male-to-male couplers, enabling high quality macro images. It will work by reversing a standard lens to the front of a telephoto lens.

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4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

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    (7)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Durable (10)
  • Improves function (3)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (5), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Simple and Effective

    I'm a natural history photographer with a special interest in small subjects that are difficult or impossible to observe with the naked eye. I've been using a Nikon D300 and 105mm macro lens for...Read complete review

    I'm a natural history photographer with a special interest in small subjects that are difficult or impossible to observe with the naked eye. I've been using a Nikon D300 and 105mm macro lens for years with great results, but wanted to experiment with magnification beyond 1:1. Given the equipment I already owned, this macro coupler was the cheapest way to do so. I use it (along with a step-down ring) to reverse stack my 35mm lens on the end of my 105mm macro lens. The resulting magnification is very high (I photographed a tick and it virtually filled the frame). Depth of field is basically non-existent past 1:1 magnification, so you'll really need to stop down your primary lens (the stacked lens is left wide open). For the magnification that my lens combination created, I found that f/32 was a good compromise between the benefits of depth of field and the softness due to diffraction. If you stop down this much or more, you'll probably want to apply additional sharpening to counteract the diffraction. Working distance is about an inch, so a tripod, careful focusing, and cable release are indispensible. I find that vignetting was not much of a problem if the stacked lens is focused at infinity and the primary lens is focused at 1:1. As far as the actual coupler, it does its job just fine; it holds two lenses together face-to-face. It's nothing special, but there's nothing wrong with it either. It's small and lightweight enough to keep in your camera bag at all times. I would just advise against tightening it too much, especially when used with other rings; it can be a bit hard to loosen due to minimal surface area.

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    Imperfect Threads

    I'm not sure if its due to poor machining or the finish, but one side of mine didn't mate very well. I'm a bit worried that it will harm the threads on the...Read complete review

    I'm not sure if its due to poor machining or the finish, but one side of mine didn't mate very well. I'm a bit worried that it will harm the threads on the lens, so may not continue using it.

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    5.0

    It works

    By BFH

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

    Inexpensive and mechanically sound. This thing has working threads that are the correct size, not sure what else can be said for a such a simple item.

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    5.0

    Works great

    By TandemBob

    from Springfield, VA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro

      Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

      Couples to lenses together with no problem for super macro photography

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      works well and quite inexpensive

      By Peter Pauer Photography

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Reverse Lens Macro

        Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

        using it to join 2 lenses together for macro work, well made but could have used slightly longer/more threads.
        Would have given it a 5 rating if there were 1 or 2 more threads on each side

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        • No

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        3.0

        52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male) by Gen

        By Joe

        from New York

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

        Product is okay

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        4.0

        Very fun

        By payn

        from milwaukee, wi

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

            Very fun to play with. I use it to attach my 50mm f1.8 to my 135mm f2.8 on my nikon d7000. It gives me better quality than extension tubes do.

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            • No

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            5.0

            52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male)

            By Levathin

            from Georgetown, ON

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

              I use the macro coupler for photomacography.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Works great for what I bought it for

              By Rockbridge Productions

              from San Francisco

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                    This coupler works great for a male to male connection. The threading is holding up just fine, as opposed to other's I've used. For the price it's very good 5/5 here.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    cool

                    By Nikon ID

                    from Idaho

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                          have not used it much yet but it does exactly what it is suppose to

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Simple and Effective

                          By Tim

                          from Davis, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Simple solution

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to loosen

                          Best Uses

                          • High magnification

                          Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                          I'm a natural history photographer with a special interest in small subjects that are difficult or impossible to observe with the naked eye. I've been using a Nikon D300 and 105mm macro lens for years with great results, but wanted to experiment with magnification beyond 1:1. Given the equipment I already owned, this macro coupler was the cheapest way to do so. I use it (along with a step-down ring) to reverse stack my 35mm lens on the end of my 105mm macro lens. The resulting magnification is very high (I photographed a tick and it virtually filled the frame). Depth of field is basically non-existent past 1:1 magnification, so you'll really need to stop down your primary lens (the stacked lens is left wide open). For the magnification that my lens combination created, I found that f/32 was a good compromise between the benefits of depth of field and the softness due to diffraction. If you stop down this much or more, you'll probably want to apply additional sharpening to counteract the diffraction. Working distance is about an inch, so a tripod, careful focusing, and cable release are indispensible. I find that vignetting was not much of a problem if the stacked lens is focused at infinity and the primary lens is focused at 1:1. As far as the actual coupler, it does its job just fine; it holds two lenses together face-to-face. It's nothing special, but there's nothing wrong with it either. It's small and lightweight enough to keep in your camera bag at all times. I would just advise against tightening it too much, especially when used with other rings; it can be a bit hard to loosen due to minimal surface area.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Lots of Fun!

                          By Pixtaker

                          from Hendersonville, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Simple to Use

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to align

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                            Using this product has opened a whole new world of things to photograph.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Does what it's supposed to do

                            By hamish

                            from Norway

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                  perfect for coupling lenses front to front.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  2.0

                                  Imperfect Threads

                                  By Mark S

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Does not thread smoothly

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Work

                                    Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                    I'm not sure if its due to poor machining or the finish, but one side of mine didn't mate very well. I'm a bit worried that it will harm the threads on the lens, so may not continue using it.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Enhanced Macro photography

                                    By Marshal

                                    from Portsmouth NH

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable Design
                                    • Reliable Operation
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Photojournalism

                                      Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                      I use this with the reverse ring adapter. Solid construction. I was skeptical at first on whether or not it will hold the lenses together but I am more than convinced.

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                                      4.0

                                      Works Like it should

                                      By Patrick

                                      from Tennessee

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography

                                        Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                        Threads up easy. Works just like its supposed to

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                                        4.0

                                        Solid Coupler

                                        By Tyler

                                        from Baton Rouge, LA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Macro Photography

                                          Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                          This is a quality coupler, at a great price, glad I bought it. Easily screws on and off, no complaints here.

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                                          5.0

                                          does what it should, like it should

                                          By alex

                                          from honolulu

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Macro Photography
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                            this product does exactly as designed, allows lenses to be macro coupled

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                                            5.0

                                            Just What I needed

                                            By Fractal543210

                                            from Hillsborough NJ

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Macro Photography

                                              Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                              Matched 2 50mm nikon lenses face to face (Second lens reverese mounted with this adapter) and extremely close macro shots are a breeze.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great accessory for super macro work

                                              By Constantine

                                              from Cyprus

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography

                                                Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                                I use it to reverse-mount the 50mm f/1.8 on the 85mm micro VR and the combination works great for very small objects, since it provides a lot more than 1:1 magnification.

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                                                4.0

                                                Really Cool

                                                By Its Snowing

                                                from Gillette, WY

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Improves Function
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                • Makes focus Hard

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography

                                                Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                                I went Camera - 1.4 extender, 36mm tube, 20mm tube, 12mm tube, 135mm lens, coupler, 50mm lens.

                                                I just shot stamens on Alastroemeria. Without the coupler I was shooting whole houseflies with that set up minus the coupler and 134mm lens.

                                                Super hard to focus, need a tripod - lots of haloing and not very sharp.

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                                                5.0

                                                Its Wonderful to get macro shots

                                                By Johny TR

                                                from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Improves Function
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Macro Photography

                                                  Comments about General Brand 52mm Macro Coupler (Male to Male):

                                                  All you need to teke wonderful photos in mcro conditions. The cheppiest way to get macro photos

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