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Old Mar 10, 2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default Need advice on close-up lenses 250D and 500D

Hi All,
I have a Canon T2i along with the
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
kit lens, 50mm portrait lens and
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
telephoto lens. I am interested in macro photography but do not wish to spend too much for a dedicated macro lens. Can anyone please shed some light on the close-up lens attachments Canon 250D and 500D? Which one will be the best to use with the lenses I have? Also, I usually do not carry a tripod with me. Should I prefer any of these closeup lenses over the other for taking handheld macro shots? Please help.

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Old Mar 10, 2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Personally stay away from either of the attachments. You are better of with using the 50mm F1.8 with some extension tubes or 55-250 with some extension tubes. The 250 and 500D are absolute no-no in my books. While i am ok with the 500D on a 90mm TS-E lens i am not a big fan of this attachment. Save some money and get the tamron 90mm Macro which will serve both as portrait and macro lens and does excellent work too.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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I use the 55-250 with the 500D lens, the 250D will work better with the 18-55 lens. As the 250D is a 4 diopter lens, and with the longer lens. It becomes very difficult to work with, and the increase shallow dof is hard to compensate with a f22 max aperture.

Here are some 55-250 test shots I did. I like the simple operation of the close up lens for traveling. I have a true 100 2.8 macro. But when I want to travel and keep light, nothing is as small and simple to pack. And I think it gives good results. A true macro lens is a better option.

I used tubes before, way more complicated to use, And to adjust the tubes, it requires you to dismount the lens and insert another section and remount. Not as fast as just screwing on a filter lens. I had kenko stacking tubes, but sold them. They were almost the size of the 18-55 when stack for transport. And the price of the tube set were the same as the price for both the 500d and 250d.

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Here are some samples of the 500D on different lenses and cameras

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

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

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

super macro test
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...e-up-lens.html
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Thanks for the replies. I would buy a 500D as suggested.
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