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Macro Filters; are they any good?

 
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Sep 12, 2012 12:28 |  #31

myownalias wrote in post #14981551 (external link)
Thank you for all your replies.

I like the idea of they Kenko tubes, but at $200, that's a stretch for me to make financially, ideally I'd like to spend sub $50 at this time, or maybe I'll wait until tax time and get a dedicated macro/close-up lens, I see a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 for $300. I really don't like to idea of reversing rings and exposing the rear element of my lens, given that I don't have the funds to replace either of my lens should it get damaged!

Again, thank you all for your advice, I really appreciate it!

Polaroid has extension tubes that have been getting good reviews.

http://www.amazon.com …=Polaroid+exten​sion+tubes (external link)


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Sep 12, 2012 13:44 |  #32

If you buy tubes for your 18-55 make sure they are EF-s compatible.


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Sep 12, 2012 17:52 |  #33

myownalias wrote in post #14981613 (external link)
Actually I do have one additional question; I have been looking at a number of different extension tubes and from what I can see, they are all EF compatible, but both my lens are EF-S. I see on my camera body that there are two mount points, one for EF and the other EF-S. Will the EF only tubes work with my EF-S lens for AF/AE control?

The Kenko DG C/AFs tubes work for both Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

http://www.kenkoglobal​.com/TP-AUTO-EX-TUBE-SET-DG.html (external link)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …o_Extension_Tub​e_Set.html (external link)


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Sep 13, 2012 17:03 as a reply to  @ Seapup's post |  #34

I took the plunge and bought the $12 macro filters, which are fine, allows me to get closer without spending $200, long term I want something better but for now, they'll work, they're not top quality but they are acceptable for $12!

Thanks for all the advice!



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Sep 13, 2012 18:59 |  #35

Awesome- enjoy!


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Sep 13, 2012 22:19 |  #36

myownalias wrote in post #14987370 (external link)
I took the plunge and bought the $12 macro filters, which are fine, allows me to get closer without spending $200, long term I want something better but for now, they'll work, they're not top quality but they are acceptable for $12!


The biggest problem with them is chromatic abberation and color fringe. If you can stay out of harsh light or heavy contrast, they will be acceptable.


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Sep 13, 2012 22:33 |  #37

Here's the best shot I've taken with a 10+filter on my 35mm zoom(you can control focus and get AF confirm with this filter)
http://www.flickr.com …/in/set-72157630606127924 (external link)

and here's one with a macro tube on my 50mm
http://www.flickr.com …/in/set-72157630767519634 (external link)

you can get a wide angle converter that has the macro filter, a macro tube and a reverse ring for under $20 shipped on ebay within the US. It's cheap quality but the images are decent.

I like to combine the reverse ring with the macro tube, or better yet you can buy a 35-80mm lens and punch out the front element, folks have lots of success with that.

EF 35-80mm for macro.

And you can pick up those lenses for $10-20 on ebay all day, just search for a film rebel G that comes with it.


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Sep 14, 2012 09:19 |  #38

tkbslc wrote in post #14988544 (external link)
The biggest problem with them is chromatic abberation and color fringe. If you can stay out of harsh light or heavy contrast, they will be acceptable.

And the biggest advantage is that I used to walk around with just the camera. I was shooting something else, usually had a +10 in my pocket, & the first two links I posted are shots that wouldn't have had if I had to stop & change lenses (which I wasn't carrying) or add extension tubes (which I wasn't carrying).


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Sep 14, 2012 10:05 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #39

One thing I have been noticing with the macro filters is that auto-focus is wildly off, I have switched to manual focus for my macro shots, which isn't a problem as I have been playing more with manual everything, that's the whole reason I bought a DSLR to be able to have true manual control over my shots!



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Sep 14, 2012 10:19 |  #40

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14990086 (external link)
And the biggest advantage is that I used to walk around with just the camera. I was shooting something else, usually had a +10 in my pocket, & the first two links I posted are shots that wouldn't have had if I had to stop & change lenses (which I wasn't carrying) or add extension tubes (which I wasn't carrying).

You would have that same advantage with a higher quality achromat, without any of the disadvantages of the cheap filters.


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Sep 14, 2012 10:49 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #41

For those interested, this is a sample shot using the Zeikos +10 filter of a letter I received!

https://picasaweb.goog​le.com …raphy#578805946​1083568018 (external link)



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Sep 14, 2012 13:59 |  #42

Kenko, Kenko Kenko! :-P Hooked on Kenko :-P


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Sep 14, 2012 17:07 |  #43

Close up lenses (filters) are best reserved for cameras whose lenses are not removeable.

For a camera with removeable lenses, the extension tube is better. But one has to be aware that a conventional lens may not perform terrifically when focused close. Macro lenses are better optimized for close distances (as well as conventional distances), so macro lenses on extension tubes will outperform conventional lenses on extension tubes.


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Sep 15, 2012 04:00 |  #44

I bought a Canon 500D and thought it was pretty good. I figured if I was walking through a botanical garden or arboretum, I could just screw it on and not have to worry about dust during lens changes. Unfortunately, I never really used it, so I sold it.


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Sep 15, 2012 09:25 |  #45

See for yourself, here are three photos with +4 and +10 that i've taken.
The focus is all over the place and it's very hard to get a good shot.. 1 out of every 10 are "ok".

IMAGE: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5mnfu9yi71rtbm54o1_r1_1280.jpg

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IMAGE: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m65846yoXy1rtbm54o1_1280.jpg

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