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    Default Decent close-up filter

    Got myself a Hoya 58mm +4D close-up filter, Unfortunately, found that the chormatic aberration is quite horrendous. Any decent close-up lens recommendations? Bought +4D first to test the limits of my eyesight and the stability of my hands. A sample is attached.

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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Raynox DCR-250 / DCR-150 have been very popular here and are stackable as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabee View Post
    Raynox DCR-250 / DCR-150 have been very popular here and are stackable as well.
    Yeah I aware, but I am not sure if I can handle the very thin DOF with a +8D lens, hence the +4D
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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Quote Originally Posted by sabee View Post
    Raynox DCR-250 / DCR-150 have been very popular here and are stackable as well.

    I'm considering getting a close-up filter for my Macro lens.... for reason to get 'closer' then my macro lens can (min distance 30cm). But I'm using a Macrolite ring and can't mount it on Raynox.

    I need a close-up filter that works like a normal UV filter (without 'cap' and with screw thread). If Hoya also not so good..... then how is B+W ??

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    Smile Re: Decent close-up filter

    Get Canon 500D Close up filter.

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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Another example, but more in focus



    You can actually see the colours at the base of letter n. The Raynox although at +8D does not seem to have such aberrations. Not sure if this is because the lens is not coated?
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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    u tried shooting with tripod? alternatively, u can try get an extender, that way u need not use a filter.

    ohh by the way when u use close up filter, remove all existing filters (UV, CPL etc).

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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    u tried shooting with tripod? alternatively, u can try get an extender, that way u need not use a filter.

    ohh by the way when u use close up filter, remove all existing filters (UV, CPL etc).
    No other filter used
    Pic #1 probably worsen by the poor focusing. Even with tripod, there still seemed to be some aberration which is not found for those using Raynox filter.

    Not sure if other user of Hoya close-up lens has similar issues or is it just me?
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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Quote Originally Posted by two200 View Post
    No other filter used
    Pic #1 probably worsen by the poor focusing. Even with tripod, there still seemed to be some aberration which is not found for those using Raynox filter.

    Not sure if other user of Hoya close-up lens has similar issues or is it just me?
    i used hoya +4 filter before on my 50mm but i think still quite alright for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    i used hoya +4 filter before on my 50mm but i think still quite alright for me.
    Can post a photo? pls...
    Apparently if I used it on my kit 18-55mm lens, the aberration not really noticeable even at 55mm end
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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    consider extension tubes?

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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    Quote Originally Posted by two200 View Post
    Can post a photo? pls...
    Apparently if I used it on my kit 18-55mm lens, the aberration not really noticeable even at 55mm end


    50mm + hoya +4

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    Default Re: Decent close-up filter

    The multi element close up dioptres tend to do better than the single element ones. chromatic abberation is one, the other is corner sharpness as well.

    I love the IQ of my Canon 500Ds. Even if i stack them, the IQ degradation is not noticeable. of course cannot beat the flat field sharpness of the dedicated macro lenses la.

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