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Old Nov 20, 2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default any advice on using 500d close-up lens?

I gave it a try using the 500d close-up lens with the kit 55-250mm lens today.. a whole bunch of times while it seemed the picture was in focus, the camera just didn't want to take the shot. Meanwhile it seems like I can get somewhat decent macro shots without the close-up lens. It's not seeming worth it to own this lens, I might just return it.. any suggestions for getting better results? :/

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Old Nov 20, 2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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You need to be 18 inches away, and use single AF point.

T1i with ef-s 55-250 IS and 500D macro
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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thanks, I'll definitely try that.
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If you stay about 18 inches away, if you want to back up, jus zoom back. No not move back. The lens is design to give you focus at 500mm. If you are out of that range, it will have AF issues. It is the same thing with macro extension tube. It is design to be used at a set distance.

You can creep in slowly to about 15 inches.
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His is how close you can get, the first is with the lens, the second is as close as I can get with just the ef-s 55-250. sorry these were handheld. shooting macro, a tripods helps allot with low light.
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A good trick is to have the lens at 55mm, get it in focus. Then zoom in and AF again. That way you know you are within the operational range of the lens.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:28 AM   #7
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Wow, so many great pointers from you-- again! Much appreciated.
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I do all my macro shooting in live view, that will ensure you get critical focus correctly (using manual focus rather than letting the camera do it). It's not too bad with lenses that don't do 1:1 macro but still helpful to get it right. when you are working with narrow depth of field, it is very easy for the AF to be picking up something you don't want.
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WOW ...i cant get my 55-250 to even focus unless im 3.6 feet away
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Yup the 500D close up lens lets that lens focus form 15-18 inchs. But you will need to remove for when out of the close up shooting.
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