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 Post subject: Close-Up lens
PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:50 pm 
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Hi
Just thought I'd let you know about the Camray close up lens, found it on ebay for £11. Must say that the first few shots I've taken have turned out really good. If you want to try macro photography on a budget then this is for you! I've posted one on my flickr for you to check out, please let me know what you think.

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What is that? I've never heard of it before.

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I posted more about them here.

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They sound quite good, but the chromatic aberrations could be an issue.

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Like everything else, you get what you pay for. The Camray ones are bottom priced. The glass looks ok, but it probably isn't special glass nor is it coated. You can certainly pay a lot more for a branded one which will improve quality through better glass and/or coated surfaces.

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popo wrote:
You can certainly pay a lot more for a branded one which will improve quality through better glass and/or coated surfaces.

Or, you could just buy a real macro lens and get best sharpness. Costs a few months of salary, but you'll get something nice in return...

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Like everything there is certainly a trade off between quality and price. Close up lenses are cheapest. More expensive ones are into extension tube territory which will probably give better quality. Real macro lenses are still quite a lot more expensive than that.

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Well a real macro lens must be verrrryyyy good for the price, but as I said for a complete novice such as myself these are a great way to play with macro. I think I'm getting ok results, but will get a proper one sometime.

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Sigma macro lenses are more affordable than Sony's versions, and still offer good, sharp images. Extension tubes are also a good option, as long as they support AF. Might get a set some time... The wishlist just keeps on growing and growing :x .

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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
...Extension tubes are also a good option, as long as they support AF...


You don't need AF though. With my kit-lens i use Manual focus to focus when doing 'macro'. It aloows me to selecet much more carefully, and allows me to get focus closer.

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I'm a little lazy though... :) Just feels more comfortable to have AF, even if I don't use it. Maybe I'll only use the first few times and then switch to MF once I become more experienced.

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