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torak

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Hi everyone.

I currently own a 50mm f1.8 lens. Just wondering how well it will fare if I buy a close up filter for it to take macro shots, compared to a dedicated macro lens?

And how much does a close up filter cost typically?
Thanks.
 

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A close up filter will allow you to focus closer. As a rule the weaker the diopter the better the result.

The edges of the images tend to be quite soft. You'll need to stop down quite a bit.

Close up filter tend not to be flat field and will not render flat surfaces in focus across the entire field.

A true macro lens will be a flat field lens.

Prices:

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263716
 

torak

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I hv a 75-300 f 4.5-5.6, a 70-210 f4, and the 50 f1.8.

Assuming distance is no issue, as I'm taking still life macros, which of the above 3 lenses will be more suited to use for macro photography?
 

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I use the Raynox DCR-250 with my 50mm f1.8.
Pretty satisfied with the results it can produce.
You can go to my thread to have a look.
Or take a look at Troy Parry's (TroyP) macro, his macro shots are amazing.
I'm still learning to get to his standard.
He's using the 50mm + Raynox combination too.
 

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I's using a cheap close up filter for my Macro shots since I am only doing it for fun.

Don't forget that using a close up filter will affect the quality of your photos since its basically a cheaper glass in front of your lens.
 

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I hv a 75-300 f 4.5-5.6, a 70-210 f4, and the 50 f1.8.

Assuming distance is no issue, as I'm taking still life macros, which of the above 3 lenses will be more suited to use for macro photography?
Raynox 250 comes with snap-on universal mount for lens with 52mm to 67mm filter diameters. :)
 

torak

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Thx for the advice. I will get the raynox then. Just wanna try out macroing :)

Can give me a rough idea how much it cost? So tat I don get chopped when buying. Probably going to sls's Alan photo to buy.
 

.Hack

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Thx for the advice. I will get the raynox then. Just wanna try out macroing :)

Can give me a rough idea how much it cost? So tat I don get chopped when buying. Probably going to sls's Alan photo to buy.
You can purchase direct from McGill $120.
Last i heard MS is selling at $120 too.

I got mine direct from McGill.
Called in the afternoon, meetup in the evening, fast deal.
 

torak

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Raynox 250 comes with snap-on universal mount for lens with 52mm to 67mm filter diameters. :)
Duh.
My Sony sal 50mm lens has 49mm thread...

Must waste money to buy adaptor in this case...
 

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baolong

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Does yr 50mm comes with metal lens hood? U can clamp on the hood instead ;)
 

tunge

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Thx for the advice. I will get the raynox then. Just wanna try out macroing :)

Can give me a rough idea how much it cost? So tat I don get chopped when buying. Probably going to sls's Alan photo to buy.
You can purchase direct from McGill $120.
Last i heard MS is selling at $120 too.

I got mine direct from McGill.
Called in the afternoon, meetup in the evening, fast deal.
I got mine from Lensmate online from USA, total cost plus shipping direct to s'pore was about SGD100.
 

.Hack

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I got mine from Lensmate online from USA, total cost plus shipping direct to s'pore was about SGD100.
Although buying online is cheaper, but if got problems with the items will be quite leh cheh.
Need to contact the company for refund or 1-to-1 exchange, then need to ship back the item.
Some buyers prefer to look and inspect at the item before buying.
I am one of them. :D
 

Snoweagle

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Hi everyone.

I currently own a 50mm f1.8 lens. Just wondering how well it will fare if I buy a close up filter for it to take macro shots, compared to a dedicated macro lens?

And how much does a close up filter cost typically?
Thanks.
I usually stack 2 pieces of Hoya +4 together. Here's an example of it with the addition of B+W MRC UV-Haze with bounced flash.

And by the way, a 52mm close up +4 is around $18. Price depends on magnification and filter size.

 

.Hack

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I usually stack 2 pieces of Hoya +4 together. Here's an example of it with the addition of B+W MRC UV-Haze with bounced flash.

And by the way, a 52mm close up +4 is around $18. Price depends on magnification and filter size.

So you using your 50 f1.2 with 2 closeup filters together?
Btw, what is your focusing distance after stacking the 2 filters?
 

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