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    Default What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Why do people use close up filters when (I think) extension tubes are better?

    Good closeup filters are
    more expensive
    only fit to certain filter sizes
    affect image quality somewhat

    Tubes
    cheaper
    can be used on all lenses
    will not affect image quality

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Why do people use close up filters when (I think) extension tubes are better?

    Good closeup filters are
    more expensive
    only fit to certain filter sizes
    affect image quality somewhat

    Tubes
    cheaper
    can be used on all lenses
    will not affect image quality
    aren't tubes for those with dslr's and close ups for both with dslr's and those without? i have 2 closeup filters...nikon and hoya.

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Why do people use close up filters when (I think) extension tubes are better?

    Good closeup filters are
    more expensive
    only fit to certain filter sizes
    affect image quality somewhat

    Tubes
    cheaper
    can be used on all lenses
    will not affect image quality
    the only advantage i can think of is.. it can be used on a consumer/prosumer camera with fixed lens...
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    I think tubes should be a lot more expensive than a close up filter. I got mine for my 50mm for only $15
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    I think tubes should be a lot more expensive than a close up filter. I got mine for my 50mm for only $15
    Oh...Hee.... No offence...that's the cheapo type. A good one will cost >$200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    the only advantage i can think of is.. it can be used on a consumer/prosumer camera with fixed lens...
    YAh but sometimes we still see people using it on their tele zooms like 80-200mm or 100-400mm... Why not just add a tube, as I wonder.....?

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Oh...Hee.... No offence...that's the cheapo type. A good one will cost >$200.
    Mine's a +4 one from Hoya. The pricing depends on the filter size. Mine's only a 52mm one so it's of cos cheaper.
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    I think the issue with the extension tubes is that you would need more exposure when using them whereas the close-up filters you exposure pretty much remains the same.

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Tubes
    ...
    will not affect image quality
    This assumption is a bit misleading. Extension tubes indeed don't diminish the optical performance of a lens, but the optical performance of a lens focused at much shorter distances than what it was designed for may be quite poor.

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    sorry for a small bit of OT, but i have some real noob questions regarding extension tubes, please bear with me:

    1. Can AF with an Extension tube still?
    2. Does Nikon Make them for DSLR cams?
    3. Kenko...any good? (dont want to start a war of it, just a yes or a no should suffice)
    4. Say if i want to use one on my 50mm 1.8 lens, what type of maginification would be best, for extreme close up?

    i apologise for these really noob questions

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildstallion
    sorry for a small bit of OT, but i have some real noob questions regarding extension tubes, please bear with me:

    1. Can AF with an Extension tube still?
    2. Does Nikon Make them for DSLR cams?
    3. Kenko...any good? (dont want to start a war of it, just a yes or a no should suffice)
    4. Say if i want to use one on my 50mm 1.8 lens, what type of maginification would be best, for extreme close up?

    i apologise for these really noob questions
    1. Yes if you buy the AF version.
    2. Yes, i think, but there is also third party ones like Triplus, Uniplus
    3. All extension tubes are the same (quality wise), only difference is the distance they add.
    4. Up to you... the more you add the closer you have to go, which is harder to focus. you can get a 25mm one to try 1st.
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Oh...Hee.... No offence...that's the cheapo type. A good one will cost >$200.
    That's probably the "D" series by Canon and I feel pretty overpriced Nikon makes similarly good close-up lenses and sells them much cheaper but they don't come in as many sizes compared to Canon

    Anyway, close-up filters could be more convenient and you could vary the "power" readily by stacking on more or removing some.

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    1. Yes if you buy the AF version.
    2. Yes, i think, but there is also third party ones like Triplus, Uniplus
    3. All extension tubes are the same (quality wise), only difference is the distance they add.
    4. Up to you... the more you add the closer you have to go, which is harder to focus. you can get a 25mm one to try 1st.
    Thanks alot

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    i've seen a set of hoya +1, +2 and +4 filters for 67mm...any idea how much they cost?

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by cosycatus
    i've seen a set of hoya +1, +2 and +4 filters for 67mm...any idea how much they cost?
    U mean they're sold as a whole set of 3?
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    U mean they're sold as a whole set of 3?
    yupe AP once wanna sell me hoya a set of 3 for 45 i think...

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenep
    yupe AP once wanna sell me hoya a set of 3 for 45 i think...
    Hmmm...can consider, but i got my Hoya +4 alone (52mm) at another shop for around $18.
    Last edited by Snoweagle; 5th March 2006 at 08:34 PM.
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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Find an Olympus Mcon35...about +3, (+2.9 I think)...excellent glass, as good optically as the Canon D series, with better colour rendition...and cheaper...only minus - only available in 62mm...

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    1)close up filters can be stacked givin more flexibility in the close up ability.
    2)you can switch from closeup to norm lens use faster (i feel)
    3) lol this is a stretch but hey it keeps that slimy frog that you are doing a macro of from touching your coated lens and leaving a slime

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    Default Re: What's the advantage of Close Up filter over extension tube?

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam
    1)close up filters can be stacked givin more flexibility in the close up ability.
    2)you can switch from closeup to norm lens use faster (i feel)
    3) lol this is a stretch but hey it keeps that slimy frog that you are doing a macro of from touching your coated lens and leaving a slime
    Hahaha...even with a UV filter it already protect your lens.
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