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Question about Close Up Filters...
ATM I can't afford a macro lens but I WANT to take some Macro shots...So I dont mind spending $30-$50 for some close up filters..

My question....

What would be better when it comes to quality & detail.Using a+1+2+4 (3 Filters stacked)or+10 (one filter).

Adorama 37mm Close-up Filter Set with +1, +2 & +4 Macro Lenses..

Or.

Http://cgi.ebay.com/...01QQcategoryZ3323QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.

Thanks!!!!Canon Powershot S5is - CHDKNikon D-70 (Nikon AF-S 18-70mm)..

Comments (8)

The less glass, the better. Apparently, the results from stacked glass are terrible. There are several accounts here in the forums from people that tried using these cheap close-up lenses, who have been very disappointed with them. Also, people have been disappointed with those cheap close-up lenses from ebay. Theres a reason why the Canon close-up lenses cost 90 bucks, and its not cause Canon is greedy..

Check here for some more info...http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsite/S2macro.html..

Comment #1

Hmm,I thought Bower was a decent brand?Am I mistaken?Canon Powershot S5is - CHDKNikon D-70 (Nikon AF-S 18-70mm)..

Comment #2

That +10 diopter will be a lot less useful than you think. DOF gets paper thin at +4. Getting critical focus with a +10 (or by stacking them all) gets very tricky..

But then too, so does focusing with a true macro lens at times..

I still think the set is more useful. +10 or +7 (all of the set stacked) will reduce your focus range a lot, requiring you to be very close to your subject..

For DSLR's I prefer extension tubes to close up filters. A 12mm extension tube on a 70-300mm zoom makes a great bug lens.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #3

Graystar wrote:.

Theres areason why the Canon close-up lenses cost 90 bucks, and its notcause Canon is greedy..

If you are talking about a 500D where did you see one for $90? I thought they were closer to $150. Then too I was looking for the 77mm version. Smaller ones probably are a bit cheaper.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #4

I've had good experiences with close-up filters. Even stacked..

You'll likely find +10 diopters quite difficult to handle. Focus will be very close and magnification will be so high that hand-holding will be hard..

In the high diopter range consider a reversed, fixed focus, fast lens..

Diopters = 1000/focal_length_mm..

Comment #5

What about an extension tube on my two lenses?.

18-70mm or a 50mm?Canon Powershot S5is - CHDKNikon D-70 (Nikon AF-S 18-70mm)..

Comment #6

ChefZiggy wrote:.

If you are talking about a 500D where did you see one for $90? Ithought they were closer to $150. Then too I was looking for the77mm version. Smaller ones probably are a bit cheaper..

Yes, you're correct. I was thinking of the smaller 58mm version. The larger versions cost more..

I was thinking 58mm because the OP has a Canon S5...

Comment #7

Graystar wrote:.

I was thinking 58mm because the OP has a Canon S5..

He also has a D70 and kit lens, so 67mm for that. The reason I buy everything at 77mm is so I can use one filter for all my lenses by using step down rings. Much cheaper than having one for each lens.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

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