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Old Jan 24, 2006, 9:41 PM   #1
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Hi All! been a regular 'visitor' to this forum for about 15 days now, finally got the courage to register :roll: , i'm a new FZ30 owner, still learning the ins and outs of it. I was planning on purchasing a close up/macro filter set, but undecided on what brand to get, was thinking of Hoya or Sunpak. Anyone use either of these? maybe you can recommend another brand..
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 12:01 PM   #2
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Depending on how serious you are going to get about this macro stuff you may or may not be satisfied with a set like that as they are single element filters rather than a lens

Lens like the Nikon 4T, 6T- oly Mcon 35 or 40 - canon 250D or the raynox 150 or 250 are much better quality and they are also more expensive.....Maybe start with a set and when you see what you really want to do, you can get a good lens in that power.

One other thing the more powerful a macro lens is the more difficult it is to use.

DOF is very shallow on the more powerful lens.
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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As Gene said, the close-up sets, while being less expensive, are made up of single elements,which give sharp focus at the center and fall off towards the edges. Multi-element (or achromatic) lens flatten the image to give sharp focus to the edges. There are many of equal high quality ranging from $40-100, the differences being power and diameter. IMO,the +3 diopter (power) lens are the most versatile. The oly bmacro and mcon40 are identical and have 55mm threads which wll attach directly to the fz30. They are also the more expensive. The nikon 4t (52mm threads) and 6t (62mm) will need a step ring to attach to the fz30. The raynox dcr150 (+4 diopter) comes with a universal (52mm-67mm) snap on adapter thus no step ring needed.
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