Set-up for Close-up photography

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by MrEd31, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. MrEd31

    MrEd31 TPF Noob!

    Aug 13, 2003
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    I would like to purchase some new equipment to help me take sharper more effective close up shots.

    I have heard that close up filters in general aren't so good. Is this the case?

    How about macro lenses? Is this a better choice? If so, can anyone recommend one for a nikon af. I'm confused as to why nikon's macro af lenses appear to be called micro.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

  2. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

    May 15, 2003
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    I have a macro lens. I also have a close up lens. Modern two element closeup filters work quite well. Use it with a prime lens for nice sharp results. I actually prefer the quality of my 50mm lens with the closeup filter over the 100mm macro I have which is a cheap vivitar.

    Another choice is extension tubes which work if you have a tripod. moving objects are tough. Same goes withe bellows.

    There are 3 good options for getting into closeup photography for a small investment. I'd start with a closeup filter +3 or +4 and add to your 50mm or telephoto lens.

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