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Aline Claire Jun 10, 2002 8:45 PM

Close up/macro filters?
I have an olympus c2100uz and I'm looking to find something to get closer up macro shots. I've heard of close up filters, but i'm not sure if they work or not, or if they're worth using (quality wise.) Thanx in advance for any help/suggestions. :)

Lin Evans Jun 10, 2002 10:49 PM

On closeup filters...
They do work, but I'm not sure it would be enough help to make a great deal of difference - I'll shoot a couple macros tomorrow and post them - with and without and you can decide if it's worth while.

The C2100UZ isn't a great macro camera, but for things the size of butterflies, etc., it can be very good. There are a variety of closeup filters available, you also might want to try shooting through a really good quality loupe or magnifying glass. Some pretty good images have been made this way...


Peter Jun 14, 2002 5:03 PM

Macro Lenses !
I have been around and looking for that as well, and i bought the MCON40
F=40 means no longer away than 40 cm
but you can take a picture of un oject of 3 cm and get it very sharp and big.....
and that is working great for me !
I am a newbie just got my camera here in Sweden 3 month ago.
check my picture of a drop of water, quite cool donīt u think !

Herb Jun 14, 2002 11:28 PM

I agree, the MCON40 supplementary lens works very well with my Olympus C2100UZ too. To get the maximum magnification, you have to use the camera's maximum 10x zoom setting with it.

Another good lens (much cheaper than the MCON40 and probably better than an ordinary magnifying glass) is one of the objective lenses from an old pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars. I got a pair of broken ones at a garage sale for $5. The great thing about the lenses from this size of binoculars is that they are EXACTLY the same diameter as the C2100UZ lens barrel & that makes it easier to devise a tube to hold it that will slide neatly over the Olympus lens barrel. Another interesting thing is that the binocular lens gives even more magnification than does the MCON40.

I'm attaching a macro picture of a Salal flower stem taken with my Olympus C2100 and the binocular lens.

Aline Claire Jun 15, 2002 6:03 PM

Thanks for the help. The water droplet pic is great, it's VERY close, though the image size is far too large to be viewed on my monitor properly. And that Salal flower image is wonderful, what a good idea about the dad is going to be hiding his precious pair now!!! hehehe. I wouldn't disassemble HIS binoculars, don't worry... ;) And thank you too, Lin. I hope to check out some of your comparison photos soon.

TonyG Oct 22, 2002 7:43 AM

Its probably the age of these messages but I cant find any pictures you posted?

Did anyone come up wiht a good answer? I want to get into macro with my oly c2100uz but dont know the best way to go. The close up lens filters was my first idea but am slowly being put off these.

Whats the best choice?

Herb Oct 25, 2002 11:15 PM

As I mentioned above, a very effective way to increase the macro capability of the C2100UZ is to use an objective lens from a pair of 7x50 (or 12x50) binoculars. I find that I don't even have to switch the camera to Macro. There should be a close-up picture (captioned 'dead nasty') that I took with it this morning in this album -

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Herb Oct 25, 2002 11:18 PM

That link was supplied by Sony Image Station, but it seems not to work. Now I shall have to try to figure out what went wrong....

Herb Oct 25, 2002 11:23 PM

I think the link was missing a line. Let's try again -

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Herb Oct 25, 2002 11:29 PM

O.K., one last try - maybe this will work - go to Sony Image Station, & look up the albums for the user name ngire

The close-up picture 'dead nasty' is in the 'Miscellany' album

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