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08-13-2009, 07:27 AM   #1
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Close up filter!

Did anybody use close up filter ? Is it of any value? i just read about it but i'm thinking that i dont want to spend a huge amount of money on macro lense.
What disadvantages does it have?
Also if somebody can recommend a good close up filter?

Appreciate your help guys!

08-13-2009, 08:07 AM   #2
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Hmmmm, mixed views on this, yes cheaper the macro lenses, but the IQ is not really that good, depends how often and serious you want to get about macro photography.

Might be a cheap way of giving it a try.
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Search this fourm, or the web, for the name "Raynox", read what people say about them, look at the sample images, then immediately forget that there are any other close up lenses that you might even consider buying. The Raynox 150 and 250 are a hundred times better than any others (because they are of a multiple-element achromatic design), and still under $50. Buy a Raynox, be happy. Buy anything else*, waste your money.

Disadvantage: fools you into thinking macro photography is going to be easy just because it's possible to get great results for little money - but it can still be hard to get those results! that's true of all macro photography tools, but close up lenses have one particular disadvantage compared to a true macro lens: when you have the closeup lens mounted, you can't focus far away at all. You actually have only a very limited range of distances where you can focus. Very much like wearing reading glasses.

* OK, Raynox is not the only company that has made multile-element achromaitc closeup lenses. But they are the only ones that are still in production and readily available today that I know of.

And no, the fact the fact that the terrible single-element lenses are often sold in sets of three does not make them multiple-element designs - it means that if you try to combine them, they become three times worse than if you use them alone, and they are already pretty bad when used alone.
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Thanks Marc
i was kinda iffy about those sets and i read also about image quality
point is that i want to do macro i like it , and i will buy a good lense, so for now i need to use something in exhange before accumulating cash)))))
i saw Raynox i will definetely read about it

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A reversing ring is a lot cheaper and will give much better results... See my post in your other thread about macro photography.

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I bought one of the $20 sets with a 10, 4, 2 and 1 filter and I have not had bad results. This shot taken with Pentax 16-45 and the 10x filter. 1/20 at f5.6, -.7 EV K20D.

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I do a lot of my ring shots with an old one from my dads kit. Its a hoya i think.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fccwpe Quote
I bought one of the $20 sets with a 10, 4, 2 and 1 filter and I have not had bad results. This shot taken with Pentax 16-45 and the 10x filter. 1/20 at f5.6, -.7 EV K20D.
That's better than some, to be sure, but compared to the results from a Raynox, it really isn't close in sharpness even viewed at this size; and viewed larger, the chromatic aberrations would also be more evident.

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Raynox is definitely better as the close up filters/lens have some kind of vignetting becuse of ow I think the lenses of filters are stacked.
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