Best close-up lens: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 06/06/2013 00:01am

    Five things to look for in a close-up lens

    When should I use close-up lenses?

    Giving greater magnifying power, either stacked or used individually, close-up lenses offer a macro-like view.

    1. What you gain in magnification, you lose in long-distance focusing. You may only be able to focus to a maximum distance of about 10cm from the front of the lens.
    2. Stacking lenses makes them more prone to ghosting and flare, as light can be bounced around between each of the lenses in the stack.
    3. At greater magnifications, the depth of field will be reduced correspondingly. Be prepared to shoot with fairly narrow apertures, especially for three-dimensional objects, to compensate.
    4. You need to keep your DSLR very still for close-up work, as any movement is likely to blur the results. A tripod is all but essential.
    5. Focusing is critical when using close-up lenses. For the utmost precision it’s always best to focus manually, using the magnified Live View if this is available on your camera.

    PAGE 1 – Best Close-up Lens: 01 Cokin Close-up P103
    PAGE 2 – Best Close-up Lens: 02 Hama Macro Lens Set
    PAGE 3 – Best Close-up Lens: 03 Hoya Close Up +3

    PAGE 4 – Best Close-up Lens: 04 SRB-Griturn Close Up Lens Set

    PAGE 5 – Best Close-up Lens: 05 SRB-Griturn 10x Close Up Lens

    PAGE 6 – Best Close-up Lens: 06 Tiffen Close Up Set

    PAGE 7 – Five things to look for in a close-up lens


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    Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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