Close-up filters

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Mike Kennedy, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Member

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    I've been lusting after a fast AF macro for my Nikon systen.Either a 60,70 or 80mm 2,8.Alas,the spirit is willing but the bank account weak.
    Would one or two close-up filters fill the gap until I can raise the $ for a serious macro lens?I know they wouldn't be as sharp but I'm craving the need to get up close and personal.

    Thanks
     
  2. Tom Hicks

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    Mike some of the best closeup filters or (diopters) are now made by Canon , for small focal length lens a Canon 250 D works best , they come in several different sizes 52mm and 58mm for lens of 100mm or over you have the 500D.

    Diopters don't degrade image quality if you buy the best diopters . There is also no loss of light, like when using Extension tubes.

    Tom Hicks , http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/45

    http://www.shutterfreaks.com/Tips/tomhicksmacros.html
    http://www.shutterfreaks.com/Tips/Tips.html

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Mike Kennedy

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    Thanks Tom!
     
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    I have used Nikon 6T diopters a lot in the past - very good quality for the amount you shell out.. available in 62 mm dia only if I recall correctly.

    However, I find more flexibility with extension tubes, particularly when I use it on telephoto lenses - can be used to isolate a bit distant objects even better and create a nice dreamy feel. One of my shots with an extension tube on a cheapo zoom lens can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_peek_in_my_world/2379621071/

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers
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    Thanks Deb.
    I use an extention tube on my Nikkor 55mm macro but I'm wondering if you can get one for an AF lens?
     
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    Kenko makes a set that are nice for AF , and as Deb said the Nikon Diopters like the 6t are very good . the T series was a dbl element like the canon 250and 500D , they are just hard to find.