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    Hi Pro,

    Help needed.

    I was thinking of getting a close-up or micro filter to shoot ants.
    Currently a prosumer cam user, panasonic FZ10, i need something that can fit my camera.

    1) Is there such a thing as a micro filter? and what is the different is it from the close-up filter?

    2) Saw in some of the threads that there is such a thing as x1, x2, x3, and x4 version. Which is the best to use? If i stack the filter, will it produce a dimmer photo?

    3) I need the ants to be enlarge as much as possible, so what combination is better?

    4) Roughtly how much each of the filter costs.

    Thanks in advance.

    Rgds,
    coldman.
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    if the ant is not moving (i.e. dead or pinned down) then you might try reversing a 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 lens in front of your FZ10.

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    If they are a line of marching ants?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldman
    1) Is there such a thing as a micro filter? and what is the different is it from the close-up filter?

    2) Saw in some of the threads that there is such a thing as x1, x2, x3, and x4 version. Which is the best to use? If i stack the filter, will it produce a dimmer photo?

    3) I need the ants to be enlarge as much as possible, so what combination is better?

    4) Roughtly how much each of the filter costs.
    1) I guess they are the same.

    2) It is +1, +2, +3 and +4 diopters. More info, read below links
    http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/20030608.html
    http://www.seapix.com/lens5.htm
    http://www.toledo-bend.com/gallery/i...equest=diopter
    http://www.blackrabbit.com/closeups.htm

    3) Longer focal length with high diopter value

    4) HOYA 52mm one should cost abt $14 more or less.
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