Macrophotography—the art of the extreme close-up—is a popular and important part of all phases and interest in the field. The marketplace is full of macro lenses, and while there are many excellent ones available, one good alternative to using a macro lens is mounting an enlarging lens on a focusing bellows.  Enlarging lenses come in a wide variety of focal lengths, all of which have been designed for close working distances; these lenses, as well as bellows extensions, are widely available on both new and used markets, and are manufactured for every make of camera.

The photograph above is of a 50 mm enlarging lens, one that came from Westech’s own stock. The image below shows the resulting shot, and those results speak for themselves: