Five things to look for in a close-up lens
- 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.
- Stacking lenses makes them more prone to ghosting and flare, as light can be bounced around between each of the lenses in the stack.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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