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Hi Tom, thanks for sharing your secrets. I'm looking at getting into macro photography and I have a couple questions;
1. What is the benefit of having an actual macro lens compared to this?
2. What are the limitations to the reverse lens?
I would think that a Macro lens is much more versatile. You can use it for normal photography as well as it communicates to the camera so the aperture works automatically as well as all exposure info is there so you can use automatic modes (Full auto, Av, Tv...). Not to mention, you have a MUCH larger subject to lens working distance and focus range.
With the reversed lens, you lose most of the conveniences above.
Of course, the Macro lens costs a lot more than a $10 reversing ring.