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Close up filters

jany 17 94 United Kingdom
19 May 2005 5:58AM
Hi all, I have a Canon 300D and would like to try close ups, I cant afford a close up lens so was thinking of a screw on filter instead. How good are they and whats the difference between a +2 and a +4?
User_Removed 18 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
19 May 2005 6:02AM
+2 - or it was when I was at school Wink

Seriously though - the degree of magnification is greater with a +4 than it is with a +2.

Most Jessops will have these in stock I imagine so pop yourself and your camera/lens down and have a play around with them

Good luck

Barrie Smile
sillyconguru 16 4.4k
19 May 2005 9:35AM

Quote:Most Jessops will have these in stock

But the assistants will probably not know what you are talking about......
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
19 May 2005 9:53AM
Don't forget, you can screw the +4 and +2 together, although you may get a vignette depending on your lens!

spaceman 16 5.3k 3 Wales
19 May 2005 10:47AM
How long before some anorak comes along and says "They're not filters , they're lenses " ?
chris.maddock 19 3.7k United Kingdom
19 May 2005 10:51AM
About 15 minutes ago Wink
jany 17 94 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 2:24PM
Thanks Guys, I bought a +4 today from Jessops and am pretty impressed, quite eager now to try it out properly. Hopefully post some photos on here soon Smile
canon_fodder 15 37
25 May 2005 4:00PM
get a cokin P series holder and adaptor for your lens - then you can get a P series closeup filter that can be used on any lens. Otherwise you'll end up with loads of filters doing the same job on each lens.

I got the +4 one and find it a nightmare as the DOF is about 1mm unless you stop it down to F11 or smaller - end up with shutter speeds too slow to hand hold so you need a tripod....

then that's not ideal cause the distance between near focus and distant focus is about 6 inches on my 200mm lens!

so I bought a P series +1 and it's more useable, I may get a +2 as well - can add those together so I'll have 1, 2, 3 and 4 - or even 6, 7 and 5 as well!
randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 5:10PM
Just a possible alternative to the Cokin route. For round stuff (polarisers, close-up supplimentaries etc) I tend to buy for the biggest lens I've got and use a step down adapter.
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
25 May 2005 7:01PM
i have found that anything more powerful than a +1 Diopter close up lens on my 70-300mm leads to a disapointing image, VERY shallow D.O.F and hardly any contrast, i prefere to use extention tubes so i don't have any extra glass between the lens and the subject to mar the quality, although i have to admit i havn't used tubes with anything bigger than a 70mm lens.
Fujiconvert 16 1.3k England
25 May 2005 9:52PM
Hi Jany,I use both a 4 and 2 sometimes together and they give really great results.I have a couple of close ups of flowers on my folio taken using these if you're interested.
I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
All the best,Phil.
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
26 May 2005 12:39AM
check our article on close up options here. And a technique here
jany 17 94 United Kingdom
26 May 2005 2:15PM
Thanx for all your comments guys, well today I put it on my 100-300 lens and took some flower shots,one has been posted on here today, i was quite impressed as I'm a close up lens virgin Smile but yes found some images were alittle misty looking, I'll have a look Pete on your technique pages to learn all I can.
I have step up rings so all my lens are the same 58mm's.
Please have a look at todays photo, let me know how it is.
Cheers All
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
26 May 2005 3:02PM

Quote:Please have a look at todays photo, let me know how it is.
Cheers All

If this isn't click fishing i don't know what is!
jany 17 94 United Kingdom
27 May 2005 2:07PM
Hey I gotta try Smile

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