closeup filters anyone?

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  1. nomav6

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    The ones I played with did a great job, good quality and very effective, but they also give an EXTREMELY shallow depth of field and focal range.

    I found I had trouble focusing unless I physically moved the camera closer or farther from the subject. That took some getting used to, but otherwise I was very happy with the results.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Ive used em before also, you have to be really careful to keep em clean, especially if you stack multiples on your lens.


    Good luck :)
     
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    The problem with close up filters over other macro techniques is that they add more stuff for light to pass through. As a result the images quality degrades. The more you stack, the worse it gets. They're also known for being soft around the edges of the photo.

    They're a good idea if you want to have a go at macro work but don't know if you want to spend lots of money on a set of extension tubes (some can be very expensive).
     
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    I have a set of Hoya close up filters (+1, +2, +4). Like everyone said, the DOF is very shallow so focusing is hard, the edges are soft and image quality is somewhat degraded. However, I still like them. The set was much cheaper than a macro lens and they get the job done.
     
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    You know . . .

    For fifty bucks on Ebay you can get a "Wide Angle Converter" that can also be used for Macro work. I'm not actually certain that I have ever released this part of my secret here but ALL of my macro shots have come from this stupid cheapo adapter and I have had some great results.

    YES the focusing can be extremely difficult at times but the magnification rate has got to be 1:1 or better depending on the lense you use it on.

    Plus with this you get the benefit of trying a super wide angle.

    The image quality WILL suffer, yes. If you are looking for total pro results you should buy a good Macro lens and a very high$$$ wide angle, but if you want to play around this is the best money I have ever spent.

    Macro example . . .

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    Wide angle example . . .

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    Link to buy . . .

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4687&item=3865844653&rd=1
     
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