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Old Dec 10, 2010, 4:37 PM   #1
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Default Cheap close up filters, any good?

Hi Chums,
Anyone tried those really cheap close up filters that screw on the end of the lens. Seen pack of 4 on bay for 8. just wondering if anyone here has tried them and could comment. I'm not going to make prints just post on here and view on screen.

Just bought a sky lite filter 72mm for 2 and it seems fine to me, I,m happy with it. Dont know if I had paid 25 for one if there would have been an amazing difference or not.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 4:42 PM   #2
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The difference between a 2 filter and a 25 is not how it performs in everyday situations, it's how it performs in extreme situations. Cheap filters can cause flaring, distortion and loss of sharpness, among other things.

And the same is true of cheap close-up lenses, and while you may not see a lot of problems when you use them individually, you'll probably see more problems more frequently when you stack them.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 4:49 PM   #3
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Ahaaa, ok Thank you for the info. There so cheap I think ill give it a go.
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Hey I just got some too a few weeks ago. I took a cool photo of the top of one of my lens caps where everything but the words and surrounding texture was blurred out. I have been meaning to upload all my new photos to my web profile. I would like to see your photos with those macro attachments sometime. I will upload the photos and then post the link as soon as I can get that done.
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Ok trihame be good to see. I,ve been happy with mine. I've posted loads in "close ups" using the filters. or on my flickr. pages 1 2 and 3.

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If you want a close up conversion lens, get the high end ones form canon, nikon or olympus. I use a 2 dioptic canon 500D close up lens on my longer zooms, but if you wan to use a conversion lens they have a 4 dioptic 250D which will give you more mag with a shorter lens. The 250D has a working range of 250mm the 500D has a 500mm range.

Here are just some examples of the 500D on different camera systems and different zoom lenses.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...-thailand.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...e-up-lens.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...00d-macro.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...e-up-lens.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...e-up-lens.html

And here is one with it on a true macro lens.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...e-up-lens.html

I have a 58mm 500D and use a step up ring for my 52mm lens.
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I,de say horses for courses. The filters are fine for me at the mo as i just post the pics on the net. The center looks good to me and the edges blur out. But for what I want to do thats fine. i would like to get more into this so would tink later bout a better lens when I,am ready and If i pursue small stuff.

Here are some pics just to show what you get with the filters. the first one is 1x +10 and the rest are a +10 and a +4 added together.
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Pic 1 the label is 8mm wide and 20mm long

pic 3 the pins are 35mm across
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Excellent examples. Thanks for posting them.

BTW, there are some excellent macro lenses available on the used market. Take a look at KEH.com and eBay.
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. just looked on e bay, looks like a lot of choice, thank you.
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