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Old 01-04-2008   #1
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Quantaray makes a +10 Macro FILTER... Is this worth it? Does anyone use these or just Macro lenses? What is your professional opinion?

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its kind of hard to say for sure if its worth it or not. how much are they asking? macro lenses arent that expensive and if you are looking for some top quality work i would probally spring for a dedicated macro lens. they are great for other things too and IMHO the canon 100mm macro is one of the sharpest lenses in the bag! its great for close-ups as well as being a pretty decent portrait lens, plus you can use it for copy work and stuff like that too.
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macro filters are like closeup lenses or filters. this may help.

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its kind of hard to say for sure if its worth it or not. how much are they asking? macro lenses arent that expensive and if you are looking for some top quality work i would probally spring for a dedicated macro lens. they are great for other things too and IMHO the canon 100mm macro is one of the sharpest lenses in the bag! its great for close-ups as well as being a pretty decent portrait lens, plus you can use it for copy work and stuff like that too.
If memory serves I saw it for like 40-50 bucks... The problem I run into, is I have a Nikon D40 and they really don't make a Macro lens, at least that I have found.
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A cheaper and better image quality solution to do macro may be to use a macro converter step ring.
Here's a D-I-Y how-to for Nikon cameras.

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i wasnt too familular with the camera so i went to the nikon site and checked it out. it seems that they listed their "macro" lenses as "close-up lenses". i actually use the nikkor lenses at work and they are nice, every bit as good as their cannon counterparts.
check out this link: Nikon USA: AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
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I would say the Quantaray +10 Macro Filter is not a really good option. Might work okay though.

The next option up, and the first one I'd think about, is the Canon 500D Close-Up Lens. Nikon makes a similar one. Costs more than the "macro filters" out there, but optically it is a nice piece of glass. Screws onto the end of your lens and shortens the focal length (meaning the minimum focal length), thus making it blow stuff up.

Next option is a dedicated macro lens.

Some use a "reverse ring" with another lens. You put one lens on your camera body, buy a reversing ring that fits your lens and another lens you have. The 2nd lens screws onto the reversing ring BACKWARDS, which becomes a magnifying glass. Look thru your short focal length lens backwards and you can see it on say your camera manual. Blows the text up. Problem is that it tends to make for a small image circle so you lose about half the mega-pixels by cropping out the outer portion that is black.
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Save your money and get a extension tube or better yet a macro lens.
I could go on for hrs about the distortion filters cause.
Still curious just stick a magnifying glass in front of your lens.
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Save your money and get a extension tube or better yet a macro lens.
I could go on for hrs about the distortion filters cause.
Still curious just stick a magnifying glass in front of your lens.
Where do I get an extension tube?
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Where do I get an extension tube?
Any decent camera store will carry them.
B&H is a great online retailer and very good to deal with.
Heres a link to a good starter Tube,the shorter the are the less loss of light and better focusing.
If you need more info be glad to help.


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