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    Default Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    Im currently using a 100mm 1:1 macro lens. Am thinking of getting a bigger magnification for insect shots, so was thinking which of the options above will be better?

    I noticed that most people prefers using close up filters to increase magnification of their lenses for macro photography, can i know whats the advantage?

    Among the 3 options, i thought that close up filters would be the worse, as the glass degrades IQ.

    Using bellows = no degrading in IQ as there's no glass element right? So isnt this option better than using a filter?

    For TC, while the glass degrades IQ, the TC has (as i understand) the advantage of maintaining the same focusing distance while increasing the magnification.

    So with regards to the advantage offered by bellows and TCs, why is it that most people still prefers filters? Any reasons?

    thanks

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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post
    Im currently using a 100mm 1:1 macro lens. Am thinking of getting a bigger magnification for insect shots, so was thinking which of the options above will be better?

    I noticed that most people prefers using close up filters to increase magnification of their lenses for macro photography, can i know whats the advantage?

    Among the 3 options, i thought that close up filters would be the worse, as the glass degrades IQ.

    Using bellows = no degrading in IQ as there's no glass element right? So isnt this option better than using a filter?

    For TC, while the glass degrades IQ, the TC has (as i understand) the advantage of maintaining the same focusing distance while increasing the magnification.

    So with regards to the advantage offered by bellows and TCs, why is it that most people still prefers filters? Any reasons?

    thanks
    bellows are huge and bulkier. My prev bellows setup makes handholding next to impossible. as extension increases, u need more and more light as well
    good quality multi-element close up filters does not visibly degrade IQ as much as u think. for both u end up reducing the focusing distance so u need to go pretty near the subject.
    TC can be pretty convenient in that respect, and i think our macro expert leong23 has done many excellent shots in conjunction with TC i think.

    ryan

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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    [quote=android17;5851206]Im currently using a 100mm 1:1 macro lens. Am thinking of getting a bigger magnification for insect shots, so was thinking which of the options above will be better?
    Your current lens is quite sufficient. It depends on what type of insects you are going after. If its moth or butt or dragonfly, no problem. If you prefer shooting ants, spiders & such, maybe you can stack another close up filter on it for a larger magnification.
    I noticed that most people prefers using close up filters to increase magnification of their lenses for macro photography, can i know whats the advantage?
    It's cost effective for those who does not own dedicated macro lens. And they come in different power.
    Among the 3 options, i thought that close up filters would be the worse, as the glass degrades IQ.
    Yes & no. If cheapo filters are used, then probably yes. If good quality filters are used & if used correctly, it does produce good images.
    Using bellows = no degrading in IQ as there's no glass element right? So isnt this option better than using a filter?
    If you are chasing insects, forget about using bellows. They are heavy & cumbersome. Lots of light are sacrificed here
    For TC, while the glass degrades IQ, the TC has (as i understand) the advantage of maintaining the same focusing distance while increasing the magnification.
    Not sure about TCs. If both TC & lens with good optics, posssible. Lke I said, I'm not too sure about this
    So with regards to the advantage offered by bellows and TCs, why is it that most people still prefers filters? Any reasons?
    It's light, easy on & easy off. No sacrifice in light loss. Affordable & still yield pretty good results.
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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post
    Im currently using a 100mm 1:1 macro lens. Am thinking of getting a bigger magnification for insect shots, so was thinking which of the options above will be better?

    I noticed that most people prefers using close up filters to increase magnification of their lenses for macro photography, can i know whats the advantage?

    Among the 3 options, i thought that close up filters would be the worse, as the glass degrades IQ.

    Using bellows = no degrading in IQ as there's no glass element right? So isnt this option better than using a filter?

    For TC, while the glass degrades IQ, the TC has (as i understand) the advantage of maintaining the same focusing distance while increasing the magnification.

    So with regards to the advantage offered by bellows and TCs, why is it that most people still prefers filters? Any reasons?

    thanks

    Have u consider extension tubes??
    To answer ur qs above, becos in quality ones like raynox, i dun really find my iq degrades to the extent u put it in..
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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post

    So with regards to the advantage offered by bellows and TCs, why is it that most people still prefers filters? Any reasons?

    thanks

    its the least bulky option, cheaper and faster to deploy , thats all.
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    Prefer extention tubes~

    E.g. Kenko tubes~

    Pros: No lens elements to increase any form of distortion or vignetting
    Con: causes lesser light to pass through the lens~

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    Default Re: Bellows, Close up filter or TeleConvertor for Macro?

    so a TC is the least variable option?

    Im thinking of getting a TC together with my macro lens, as a TC opens up other options with my other lenses.

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    Either bellow or extention tubes.
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    Kenko extension tubes
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