Canon 500D close-up lens used with the Nikon 18-200 VR lens

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  1. invisible

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    My new Canon 500D close-up lens just arrived and it seems that I'm going to have plenty of fun with it. I'll use it with my Nikon 18-200 VR lens, hoping that the setup will allow me to emulate a macro lens (without having to carry one, and without having to change lenses back and forth, thus protecting my sensor from dust).

    Hurried first photo (50% crop):


    I'm planning on driving 4 hours to the International Peace Garden this weekend, to shoot flowers (and maybe insects) with my new toy. Will I hit the ground running with this setup (superzoom + close-up lens)? Or is there a learning curve that I should be aware of before heading out? (Wouldn't want to come back and find out that all my images are blurred/out of focus/etc.)

    Is there anybody out there who could give me some advice?

    Your help is much appreciated.
     
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    Canon and Nikon === together?
    What unholy monster have you made??

    Regardless that is a good result there - very good!
    Here is my little post on getting flower shots - this is how I get mine with a macro:
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=127164

    you look to be getting much more 1:1 macro with that lens combo, so you can go silly with playing with the insides of flowers as well :)

    One thing I will say is that a tripod (or if its a busy event a monopod) is very very usefull with getting sharp, clear shots.
     
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    GREAT results (wow!), but was I the only one who was like "WTF, Canon 500D?" at first?

    Nice naming conventions, Canon.
     
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    Wow, great photo. What aperture did you use? I was expecting there to be this miniscule section of the photo that was actually in focus :p. I'm currently thinking of getting a macro lens, but after seeing that I might just get a Canon close-up filter for my 18-55...

    Ahh! So many choices!
     
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    For those of you who are still confused, (i just found this out myself), the 500D is a close up filter :D I guess this might be why they chose to go for 1000D instead of 500D for the new XS.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks everyone for the comments.

    Overread, I've printed out your settings and I'll try them this weekend.

    GwagDesigns, I see you changed your post (the original looked nothing like this one ;)).
     
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    I have one of these in 77mm size and it works great on my Nikkor 70-300VR. On that sucker at 300mm it does almost the full 1:1 macro. It's like 1:1.1 or something. Works good enough for me! Nikon stopped making their close-up adapters so everybody is using the Canons now in Nikon land.
     
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    Hey Mav, thanks for your reply. Good to see a fellow Nikonian with this Canon lens here. Is there anything I should take into account before heading out of the city to shoot "almost macros" this weekend? I appreciate your help.
     
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    [​IMG]


    From my daughter's 1st birthday party.... the whole cake

    [​IMG]


    and at 300mm close focus + Canon 500D, bounced SB-600 flash
    [​IMG]
     
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    one last set....

    My 70-300VR standalone, this is the closest it would get.
    [​IMG]


    And then with the 500D
    [​IMG]
     
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    There appears to be almost no (or very very little) loss in overall quality to those shots taken with the 500D - very impressive
     
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    Mav, great sample images!

    I've just done a bit more testing myself.








    This much is clear so far:

    1) The degree of detail with this setup is comparable to that of a macro lens (although I'm not sure about the sharpness, but I can't complain).

    2) I am not going to get much depth of field, regardless of the aperture.
     
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