advice needed: lenzy stuff to stick on my s9600?

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  1. Davey Jones

    Davey Jones TPF Noob!

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    So i got this Fuji s9600 and though it has a fixed lens theres a bunch of
    stuff i can stick to the end of it.
    i dont know anything about lenses and such, and im wondering about
    these things i found for macro shots.

    my main reason for wanting macro stuff is mostly my plants, some of wich
    are of the carnivorous persuasion and i have never been able to properly
    capture the rich detail of my drosera.

    so i find these things on ebay:

    +10 close up macro lens

    Raynox DCR-250 Makro

    Macro close up lenses +1, +2, +4 & +10

    Extention tubes
    (theres one of 19mm and one of 35mm)

    what does + mean exactly?
    on wich of these could i use the extention tubes?
    and wich would you reccomend?
    in general what kind of quality should i look for compared to
    the lens on my cam?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Firstly, I would suggest that you avoid putting things onto your lens. Anything you put on there will degrade the image quality, so you really need to think about if it's worth it.

    Doesn't your camera have a macro mode? The one good thing about 'digi-cams' is that they usually have a great macro mode and you don't need any accessories in order to focus when very close up.

    The close up filters are an option (if your lens has threads on the front) but they do hurt image quality and like I said, you should have a macro mode.

    Extension tubes are for cameras with interchangeable lenses, they go between the lens and the camera, allowing the lens to focus while closer to the subject.

    If you really want something to go onto your lens, I'd suggest a circular polarizing filter.
     
  3. Davey Jones

    Davey Jones TPF Noob!

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    well yeah my cam does have 'super macro'wich lets me get in at 2cm from
    the subject and lets me make nice pics.
    but if adding something can improve the situation at all im definetly interested.

    i mentioned the extention tubes cuz in one of the ebay pages for a set of those
    closeup filters it mentioned them as a way to increase magnification even more.

    it says with the other 2 lenses that they are compatible with my cam
    and my reasoning was that as long as i get something of equal or
    better quality then the lens on my cam it shouldnt hurt quality.
    are all of these crappy quality lenses or am i missing some info?

    as for the polarizing filter, its allready on my list :)
    aswell as a UV filter to deal with the blue haze in landscape pics
    that fuji is known for and a florescant light filter.
    also a tripod, cable release and a gray card.

    anyways heres some of the subjects i have i mind for macro shots:

    Drosera Venusta:
    [​IMG]
    this is about 4 inches wide, taken with an old 3mp cam in 04.

    (pygmy) Drosera pulchella flower:
    [​IMG]

    Drosera pulchella (the rest of it):
    [​IMG]

    u have no idea how many batteries that last one cost me :p
    the plant was about half an inch in diameter.
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure that will help much. I'd stick with the CP filter.
    Not necessary (IMO)...just change the white balance. This filter were meant for color balancing film.
    :thumbup:
     
  5. TamiyaGuy

    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, as Mike said, anything put in front of a lens will degrade the image quality, no matter how expensive the filter is (although, obviously, higher quality means less degradation). I would recommend some basic filters such as a small-ish UV filter and a small circular polarizing filter. The UV filter is just there for basic lens protection, and the CPL helps with reducing lens reflections from glass, water etc. Also, is you do decide to go DSLR, you'll be able to transfer filters with a 52mm mount to a low-end DSLR lens.
     
  6. Davey Jones

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    yeah im gonna need that lens protection, im kind of a klutz lol.

    thxz for the help, you guys are saving me a bundle :)
     
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