Close up filter vs Macro lens


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hobbes187

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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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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?:confused:
 

jim_mcgill

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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?:confused:
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/produ...id=78&osCsid=ebae41ca06762fb6ccc60172a439a370

Cheers,
Jim, McGill.
 

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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/produ...id=78&osCsid=ebae41ca06762fb6ccc60172a439a370

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.
 

totoro17

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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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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). :bsmilie: 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.
 

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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?
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. ;p

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

Thanks,
Jim, McGill.
 

totoro17

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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. ;p

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

Thanks,
Jim, McGill.
can you rank them first is the best and y etc...too many details at ur site...very complicated
 

littlejt

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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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