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Old 11-08-2008, 20:24   #1 (permalink)
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After keeping a keen eye on the Macro discussion thread and seeing some magnificent results, I bought some close up filters; a +2 and +4. I bought them as an impulse purchase and am now finding out that it makes very little difference to my macro photography. See below:

Without.................................................. .....................................With +4.................................................. .....................................



I am using a 400D and a Sigma 17-70. Further reading (after purchasing!) indicates these do not actually 'magnify' the image much, only bring the minimum focus distance closer to the lens. I find the Sigma focuses on object that are literally a few mm from the lens (when @ 70mm) so maybe these weren't the buy of the century. I've tried it with the lens at 17mm and the minimum focus distance is reduced only slightly.

Is there anything I can do with them to increase their effectiveness? Is it worth keeping them or should I list them in Classified ads?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Close-up filters

I have a set of close-up filters and I agree that they probably won't do much for you. I love them because they cut my focusing distance in half. If you can already basically touch your subject with your lens I think you may be out of luck.

My set came with a 10+ and that is pretty much the only one strong enough to give me significant results. Have you tried stacking your?

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I have some that came with my old Olympus, the x10 as Andrew says is about the best, but they do ted to make the image a tad soft.
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