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    Hi guys,

    newbie here needs some help... I'm using a Panasonic FZ50 and usually take macros of insects and flowers. I'm looking to get something to improve the results from my cam...

    Currently I have 2 choices - Hoya close up filter ($35 2nd hand) vs Raynox DCR250 macro lens ($110 brand new).

    Can anyone advise what is the difference between them? Which is more suited to my purpose and more value for money?

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Close up filter vs Macro lens

    Both are filters

    Hoya filter is single element
    - distortion at corners
    - quality is moderate

    Raynox filter is double elements
    - distortion is lesser at corners
    - quality is very good
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    can someone tell mi wat do close-up filters do? do they cut down on the focusing distance and allow u to really get up close wif a normal lens? if so how does it work?

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    Default Re: Close up filter vs Macro lens

    if you just want to test it out, can try Hoya +4 close up... iirc 50+mm size are available at about 20bucks @ CP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingmuffyn View Post
    can someone tell mi wat do close-up filters do? do they cut down on the focusing distance and allow u to really get up close wif a normal lens? if so how does it work?
    Hi Friend,

    Maybe this page would be informative to you. Try to read the FAQ section also which contains more in-depth info:
    http://www.mcgill.com.sg/shop/produc...c60172a439a370

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_mcgill View Post
    Hi Friend,

    Maybe this page would be informative to you. Try to read the FAQ section also which contains more in-depth info:
    http://www.mcgill.com.sg/shop/produc...c60172a439a370

    Cheers,
    Jim, McGill.

    hey thks mate! will peruse later...the raynor looks like an excellent lens to use...i m using bth a D70 (kit lens) and a Pana FZ-5. i hope its compatible wif both. Gd to noe i read somewhere in ur article dat the raynor works veri well wif the Pana FZ series...

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    I stacked 2 Hoya +4 on my 50mm. Each costs $18, should be a bit cheaper now.

    Close up filters give rather good image quality but sadly, once they're on yr lens, can only use for close up takes.
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    i want to convert my Sigma APO lens 80-300mm Macro lens which is capable of 1:2 magnification at 200mm or 300mm to 1:1 magnification

    which close filter i should go for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I stacked 2 Hoya +4 on my 50mm. Each costs $18, should be a bit cheaper now.

    Close up filters give rather good image quality but sadly, once they're on yr lens, can only use for close up takes.
    possible to get 1:1 mag??

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    Quote Originally Posted by xunjas View Post
    possible to get 1:1 mag??
    Can if u stack more...but quality will become worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes187 View Post
    newbie here needs some help... I'm using a Panasonic FZ50 and usually take macros of insects and flowers. I'm looking to get something to improve the results from my cam...
    I have a Canon 250D close-up filter to give away. The image quality from this filter will blow away most of the competition. Ask megaweb if you don't believe me (he uses the Canon 500D). I used it all the time for macro when I had a compact digicam (Canon S1 IS and Sony F717). Now that I've moved onto a DSLR and have a dedicated macro lens, this filter has no more use for me.

    I believe the filter size on the FZ50 is 55 mm. Mine is 58 mm. All you need is a step-up adapter. PM me if you're interested.

    PS: You may also want to get a separate flash and softbox.
    Last edited by thw; 10th April 2007 at 12:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Can if u stack more...but quality will become worse.
    i see thanks.. 2 is the max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    i want to convert my Sigma APO lens 80-300mm Macro lens which is capable of 1:2 magnification at 200mm or 300mm to 1:1 magnification

    which close filter i should go for?
    Hi totoro17,

    Your Sigma has a filter size of 58mm right? If so, Raynox macro lenses DCR-250, CM-3500A and DCR-5320PRO are suitable for you to hit 1:1 or beyond.

    For more details, please refer to:
    www.mcgill.com.sg

    Thanks,
    Jim, McGill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_mcgill View Post
    Hi totoro17,

    Your Sigma has a filter size of 58mm right? If so, Raynox macro lenses DCR-250, CM-3500A and DCR-5320PRO are suitable for you to hit 1:1 or beyond.

    For more details, please refer to:
    www.mcgill.com.sg

    Thanks,
    Jim, McGill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xunjas View Post
    i see thanks.. 2 is the max.
    Yeah...i'm already stacking 2 and the quality is a tad soft liao, but gives around 1:2 magnification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Yeah...i'm already stacking 2 and the quality is a tad soft liao, but gives around 1:2 magnification.
    which i can do wif 1 x filter also w/o compromising too much on image sharpness~~ hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by xunjas View Post
    which i can do wif 1 x filter also w/o compromising too much on image sharpness~~ hehe
    If i'm using only 1 filter, i'd pay more and get the +5. +10 one is too much.
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    hmm yea... erm after upgrading to a dslr, i still use the dcr250.

    my macro set up is a 50mm f/1.4 prime + hoya macro +4 + dcr250
    i can get pretty decent macros cept for the camera shake once in a while.

    i also use the dcr250/macro+4 on my sigma 70-300mm however, you shouldn't try it out at 200-300mm focal range for i find it rather hard to focus. at the 70 range its just nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    If i'm using only 1 filter, i'd pay more and get the +5. +10 one is too much.
    got it. just get 1 x +5 filter would suffice~~ hee
    Last edited by xunjas; 11th April 2007 at 09:51 AM. Reason: typo

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    What happens if you use the filter with non macro lenses?

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