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Feb 12, 2009 11:53 |  #1

I have searched the threads looking for a topic about this lens. If there is another topic about this lens, I apologize.
I was wondering if anybody here has this lens? Do you think that it's a cheaper alternative to buying macro lenses?


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Feb 12, 2009 13:20 |  #2

Well it isn't really a lens but a "filter." So, you'll find more info at the accessories or macro sections. Close-up filters can be a good alternative and something to carry with you. I always would go for an ext. tube first though.


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Feb 12, 2009 13:29 |  #3

Search for "500D" or "250D", you'll find info on them.


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Feb 12, 2009 13:34 |  #4

It is an alternative to extension tubes with specific lenses.

If you would like to use longer lenses in macro fashion, you'd need quite a few extension tubes to do so, especially if the lens in question doesn't really do macro. A close-up lens like the 500D OTOH, would instantaneously add quite a magnification factor to the magnification normally possible with such a lens. E.g. on a 100-400 a 500D adds 0.2X to 0.8X to the magnification already possible, going from 100 to 400 zoom.

Solutions like these tend to be used by people who, f.e., hunt and shoot butterflies in the field, or small animals. The quality of this combination is surprisingly good, and it is very flexible, and the IS in this lens helps too.

I had this combo, but sold the 100-400 not too long ago - too little use and needed the money. Worked quite well, however.

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Feb 12, 2009 18:52 |  #5

Thanks for the response :)

I was just wondering if anybody had this and what they thought of it


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Feb 12, 2009 21:19 as a reply to  @ JulieNick's post |  #6

I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for but I have the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 that I have used as a close up/copy lens for years. $250US.

Also, here is a thread.

https://photography-on-the.net …ght=Canon+EF+50​mm+f%2F2.5




  
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Feb 12, 2009 23:53 as a reply to  @ Denny G's post |  #7

Do a google search for "Canon close-up lens 500 D" and you will find several reviews. You want the 500D or 250D because they have two elements, there is a 500 that has a single element and it is just a close-up filter.

The 500D on a 55-250mm IS gives you a very light almost macro capability. It is no 100mm 2.8 macro but it is handy for traveling light. With the 500D and 250D you don't lose any light like you do with extension tubes.




  
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Feb 13, 2009 00:04 as a reply to  @ spur's post |  #8

I have a 500d that I use on my 200mm for Butterfly's and dragonfly's. It works pretty good. If you are trying to shot other things I would get some tube's on a nifty or buy a macro lens.


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Feb 13, 2009 10:04 |  #9

I would say if you are a "casual" macro shooter, the quality achromatic close up lenses are a great way to go on longer lenses. The downside is that the limit your focus range and magnification factor once on. I have a Sony +3.3 diopter lens and when it is on my 55-250, I can really only focus from about 1-3 feet away from my lens, depending on how far I zoom in. So I can't go from macro to normal very fast like you could on a real macro lens. The working distance is pretty good compared to a short macro or prime with extension tubes, though. I like how I can screw it on and off my lens without exposing my sensor to the outside and fumbling with a stack of tubes to put between my lens and camera. I'm sure it is not a big deal, either way though.

I would say it is a good place to start. It will help you decide if macro is something you have the patience for without spending an arm and a leg. And a good closeup lens can be added to a good macro lens down the line.

Some good achromatic closeups to consider:

Canon 500D/250D
Nikon 5T/6T
Sony VCL-m3358
Olympus MCON or IS/B Macro lenses (hard to find)
marumi Achromat 330/200
Raynox 250/150 (probably too highly magnified for a first lens)


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Feb 13, 2009 12:32 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #10

I've got a couple of 500D's (72 and 77mm) that sit in the bottom of my bag for occasions when I see something that would benefit from closer focussing and less cropping. Quality is okay but no match for having the right lens for the subject...ie, a useful standby and not a replacement.

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Feb 13, 2009 13:27 as a reply to  @ Canon Bob's post |  #11

Here is a 2 page article that explains the close-up lenses pretty well;
http://cpn.canon-europe.com …se-up_lenses.do#container (external link) .

These quick shots give you an idea of the magnification of the 500D on a 55-250mm IS, about double the magnification at 250mm.
The flower is about one and a half inches across.

55-250 by itself.

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3276473057_3d0858d405.jpg

55-250mm with 500D.

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3276473271_b0b98d4471.jpg



  
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Feb 13, 2009 13:34 |  #12

I was thinking on getting one for my 75-300 just for occasional macro. Just for playing around. I was wondering the opinions of others who have one.

Thanks :)


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