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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
1:12 AM

Post #3892496

Hi, I'm rather new to DSLR and have been dabbling with different lens ideas, I want to get a close up filter and am really leaning towards a hoya +1+2+4 close up lens filter, But have seen another close up filter with 4 lens's ~" +1+2+4 & MACRO +10 CLOSE UP LENS FILTERS" But, I believe the name on these lens's are mandie, Which I am not farmiliar with. ~Has anyone used close up lenses that they could tell me about/ Are happy with?? It seems that the macro +10 would get closer then the Hoya +1+2+4, But, quality of lens makes a big difference too. Any help would be appreciated..



Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
4:36 AM

Post #3893555

Iris - I found this little "gadget" - I use it for very, very close ups - it is a "snap-on" macro filter by Raynox, no need for adapters - takes excellent close ups - I got mine from E-bay

http://cgi.ebay.com/Raynox-DCR-250-43mm-Super-Macro-Conversion-Lens-NEW_W0QQitemZ230163241167QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item230163241167
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
6:13 AM

Post #3893694

Beec-no-va, Thanks so much for the link, It's interesting! Unfortunately, It won't fit my camera. Would love to see some of your close up photos though if you don't mind posting them.

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:28 AM

Post #3893733

Aw shucks - too bad - I love it cause I can snap it on in no time -

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Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:30 AM

Post #3893734

MG

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:30 AM

Post #3893735

I don't mind snap on, screw on, Just as long as I can get close! LOL! Nice closeup you got!

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:31 AM

Post #3893736

Chinese lily (I think)

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:32 AM

Post #3893737

Ahh, Another nice one! (You were posting the mg while I was posting a reply, So I just seen the mg now)

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:33 AM

Post #3893738

This is a 1.5" tiny cactus I have

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:34 AM

Post #3893739

CL is nice, Looks buggy to me though! LOL!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:34 AM

Post #3893740

catus photo is neat!

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:36 AM

Post #3893741

Spinage on cactus :-)

Edited spelling - after all it IS 3.30 AM and I have been working all nite :)

This message was edited Aug 24, 2007 3:37 AM

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Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:38 AM

Post #3893742

I also got the 400X zoom for the camera from Raynox - brilliant for incredible distance :-)

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:40 AM

Post #3893743

Anyway - I wish you luck in finding the perfect filters - I started out with the 1,2, 4 and x10 - it is a blast :-)
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:41 AM

Post #3893744

neat photo's! I got a 300x wish I had a 400!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:42 AM

Post #3893745

Did you like the ones you started out with alot?

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:45 AM

Post #3893746

I did and still use them - I also have some other specialty filters I am going to start using - for special effects - haven't had much time lately to play with the camera - I am still a beginner as far as I am concerned
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
7:51 AM

Post #3893750

Thanks for letting me know, I think I might go with the hoya lens kit ( The lens I really want cost about $550.00) So I'll go with the kit for now. I'm realitivly a beginner too.

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2007
7:54 AM

Post #3893752

Good luck - have fun and enjoy!!!!!!!!!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
8:00 AM

Post #3893754

Thanks!! You too!!! And thanks for posting all the neat photos!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2007
12:12 AM

Post #3903425

Hey ya Iris - I see my buddy Becky's already helped you out some. Just an FYI many of sellers have other sizes avail - just message them. Additionally, you can buy "step-down" or "step-up" rings that will allow other sizes to accommodate your lens size. I have all of those that you listed and I've found them useful...just be very careful to remove all dust from filter. Here's one I took yesterday with the +10, I think...may be the 20...can't remember. These are screw on's though so not as easy/quick to put on as Becky's. I love her's!!!

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Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2007
12:13 AM

Post #3903427

That was one single bloom from a cluster that's about the size of a silver dollar

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3907740

Chantell, Thanks for the up-date, I know about the step up rings, I try to keep all I'm buying at the largest size so that I will only need 2 step up rings for using my smaller lenses. I've heard many say that the +10 gives too soft of a look, But, Your picture with the +10 looks nice. Both are very nice photo's, What kind of plant is that?? Also, What make are your close up filters? ( Just curious)

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2007
11:27 AM

Post #3908973

Thank you, Iris. Just looked at my filter & it's actually a +20. It only says IT Macro on it. I'll try to do a search on my ebay to see if I can find out who the seller was...and I'll post here.
The plant is a Hoya Bella...one of my favs to take pics of. :)
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #3909734

Your Welcome! And Thanks for trying to do the search! I don't think I recall seeing a +20 anywhere, But I'm sure there is.

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #3909773

This is the same filter - same price...haven't found out if it's the same seller or not. http://cgi.ebay.com/58mm-MACRO-20-CLOSEUP-LENS-FILTER-Attachement-Free-S-H_W0QQitemZ230164138657QQihZ013QQcategoryZ30045QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2007
7:41 PM

Post #3910585

Chantell, Thanks so much for the link, I'll be checking them out.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

August 28, 2007
8:17 PM

Post #3910759

Excellent pics guys!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
3:05 AM

Post #5244651

I'm confused. Are these close-up filters only for SLR cameras for which the whole lens part can be swapped, or do they also work for digital cameras that are not SLRs, and for which I thought you didn't swap out the lens? We're thinking of buying a camera, and I want it to work for closeups, and in fairly dark settings, plus this and that . . .

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
4:43 AM

Post #5245079

Mine is an actual filter...if your digital has "threading" on the front or has accessibility to the use of an adapter which has threading then you can use any of the filters that are used on film cameras - just need to make sure you've got the right size to match the adapter (but you knew that already)
Canon Adapter: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/463322-REG/Canon_1593B001_LA_DC58H_Lens_Adapter.html
An after market one: http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsite/G7.html
I'm not familiar with other camera brands...so I'm not sure what other ones have these. Now if you're not using a better "point and shot" and going with a DSLR then obviously you could just use an actual macro lens...with or without a marcro filter. Clear as mud?
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
6:04 PM

Post #5247270

Thanks, Chantell. I don't want a DSLR -- weighs too much. But I want to be able to take good close-ups. I didn't realize the non-SLR digitals would take filters. They don't take replacement lenses, do they?

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
6:06 PM

Post #5247280

If you mean - can you swap lenses out...no, not any that I'm aware of at least.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #5247389

That's what I thought. So it is especially important if I want to get good close-ups to get a camera that allows that, yes? I can't boost that ability with an add-on lens, yes?

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #5247565

When wanting to do close ups - you want one that has a "super" macro - image stabilization helps on close ups as well as when you're using your optical zoom at full power. Then if you can get one that either has the threading on the built in lens or allows for an attachment w/threading then you can add a macro filter to increase magnification. Just remember w/these you have to be right on the subject they won't work from a distance in my experience.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
7:20 PM

Post #5247679

Ok, thanks. I was mulling about the Canon you and Hart have been discussing S5IS (I think that's the one) or the Canon G9. We are very slow to decide these things.

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2008
10:23 PM

Post #5248433

Took me yearS to decide on a camera...believe me...I understand...

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2008
1:01 AM

Post #5364762

I can certainly vouch for the G9 - I love it for it's bells & whistles and ease of use!!! Excellent indoors & out, fabulous zoom and macros are awesome - 12.1 pixel :-) It also has an adapter so you can actually use regular filters on it :-)
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #5365265

How can you tell what the macro capability of a digital camera is?

Oh I see; the Canon G9 has a Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (WIDE). So that means I could focus us to .39" away?

Is there anything you don't like about it?

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Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 4, 2008
4:28 AM

Post #5365667

Nope, not at all - I originally bought it to be the "purse camera" & use my FZ50 for all other photos - But, I find myself using the G9 most of the time - has everything and some & it's so light and easy to use, & no need to lug around the big camera bag - if any complaint it would have to be I still haven't figured out all it can do!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2008
7:27 AM

Post #5365848

Ok, I'm sold; now I need to convince DH!

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2008
3:27 AM

Post #5370003

LOL - if he needs convincing y'all can come down & do a testrun!

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