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    Default A little help on macro

    Hi wanna shoot macro shots but dun have the cash to get a macro lens. Someone offered an alternative like a close up filter.

    Will it really help me take good macro photos with my crappy kit lens? I know there will be picture degration but its a trade off im willing to take.

    What dioper would you recommend? Mines a 14-45 Zuiko Digital Olympus. Thks

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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    how can you calculate the amount of focusing distance reduced like using the dioper number? like for example a macro 150mm lens take around 38 cm minimum to focus and lets say a similar lens that is zoom 200 takes around 110 cm to focus, how much distance would the close up filter reduce? Thks

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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    i tink +4 filter divides the distance by 4 and you go closer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti-Social View Post
    how can you calculate the amount of focusing distance reduced like using the dioper number? like for example a macro 150mm lens take around 38 cm minimum to focus and lets say a similar lens that is zoom 200 takes around 110 cm to focus, how much distance would the close up filter reduce? Thks
    You can find the answer at Macros & Close-ups FAQ # 7
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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Anti-Social View Post
    Hi wanna shoot macro shots but dun have the cash to get a macro lens. Someone offered an alternative like a close up filter.

    Will it really help me take good macro photos with my crappy kit lens? I know there will be picture degration but its a trade off im willing to take.

    What dioper would you recommend? Mines a 14-45 Zuiko Digital Olympus. Thks
    I'm also using closeup filters for closeup photography. I use 2 of them instead and results are fairly gd, but with a tad soft.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Hmm read online that some pll buy filters larger than their lens size and size it down with a adapter to reduce noise and they always put the appectual very small. Will putting a larger close up filter reduce the distortion but also reduce the filter's effect? Thks for teh guild too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I'm also using closeup filters for closeup photography. I use 2 of them instead and results are fairly gd, but with a tad soft.
    Oh ya what value are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti-Social View Post
    Oh ya what value are you using?
    Two +4 closeup filters. Here's an example taken today with a WhaleTail.

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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    Say...how much do diopters for Oly ZD 58mm lenses cost nowadays? I don't recall seeing them on the 4/3 pricelist

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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    CLose up filters degrades your pictures and stacking 2 or more filters is for me... Best is still to use extension tubes!
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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    The image is definitely soft with 2 close up filters. For your case, perhaps a 50mm extension will do the job better.

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    Default Re: A little help on macro

    Yeah it is a tad soft but i'm fine with the results as i'm not so much into macro. By the way i focused on the body and not the eyes.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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