Like fitting a magnifying glass to the front of your regular lenses, these attachments make small subjects look big. In our latest round-up of essential accessories we test 6 models to find out which is the best close-up lens.
How we tested
We photographed a range of small subjects with each lens, under varying lighting conditions. We tested build quality, and checked the image quality for sharpness, contrast, colour and distortions.
Best Close-up Lens: 01 Cokin Close-up P103
Price: £25 Buy it: www.cokin.co.uk
The only lens that doesn’t screw into a filter attachment, this square affair is from Cokin’s P series, so requires a holder and adaptor ring.
These cost an additional £20 or so, unless you’re already using Cokin’s popular ND grad filters and the like.
The high-quality +3 dioptres lens offers very good image quality, and comes in its own protective case.
As you’d expect, it’s a reassuringly firm and snug fit in the P series holder, which can be used with lenses that have filter threads of up to 82mm.
Pros: Ideal if you’re already using Cokin P series filters
Cons: Bulky compared with screw-in filters
PAGE 1 – Best Close-up Lens: 01 Cokin Close-up P103
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PAGE 3 – Best Close-up Lens: 03 Hoya Close Up +3
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