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Old Jul 19, 2010, 5:37 PM   #1
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Default Anyone tried screw-in (filter size) wide-angle/macro lenses?

I looked in the DSLR category under "lenses" and could not find any headers for cheap, no-name LOL supplementary "lenses" like those sold on eBay for around $35-$45. So I'm posting here with the hope that maybe someone else has already had some experience with these lenses on a fixed lens digital or maybe even on a DSLR?

I'm not looking to spend $300+ on a dedicated wide-angle, but would like to fool around with something beyond the 50mm 1.8 lens on my DSLR. I know I could always "create" a look with Photoshop, but in truth... with Photoshop you're only able to work with what you shot... so you can't all of a sudden add to that image what would've been seen by a wider angle lens.

Not understanding exactly the science of lens design, I also don't know if you can _really_ capture more on the said image with one of these supplemental lenses. So, if you have one... how about some commentary and possibly some comparison shots, explaining your setup.
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 6:25 PM   #2
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I'd be interested if the quality doesn't drop too much. I could carry one of these addons for the once-in-a-blue-moon shots.
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canon make a great screw on macro lens, it is the 500d macro lens, but it is pricey for a 58mm tread
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 8:35 AM   #4
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I'd be willing to spend say... $100.00 +/- for something that would work on my Nikon 52mm thread. But like Frank said... I wouldn't want something where the quality was dreadful, and yes... it would be for those occasional shots where a bit more angle might make them more interesting.

I used to have a 24mm WA Nikkor for my Nikon F2 that filled the bill nicely. But with the new non-full frame DSLRs, that much wide angle would probably cost a small fortune in a dedicated lens whether it was Nikon or a decent quality aftermarket unit.
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 8:39 AM   #5
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the canon one is a bit more, but it is most likely the best screw on macro lens out there. You can get a step down ring to fit 52mm. But for occasional shots, and if you are not a big macro person. There are other less expensive options out there. And there are allot of wide angle add on lenses also on the market.
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I tried one of the add ons for my old point and shoot for kicks. It was a cheap optika wide angle add on ($30 I think). It added a bit of angle, but it didn't add much angle that wasn't out of focus/blurred. Never tried on on my DSLR though, might be a different story, and a different brand may work. I know Optika is not known for having quality lenses...
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Look to a Raynox DCR-250 or DCR-150. There are scads of images taken with the 250 in the Close-up section.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 10:55 AM   #8
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Last spring, I purchased a Bower macro 67mm screw on filter for $200+ to use on my Nikon D90. When I use it with my 18-105 Nikon lens, pictures are very nice. Sometimes I wish that I had waited for the Nikon 105 macro. In hindsight, I spent almost a grand (1K) less and got a filter that will do what it is that I want it to do.
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