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buffumjr   US  Registered since 05th Jun 2013 Sat 19-Oct-13 10:54 PM
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"How Good Are "Screw-on" Lenses?"



Macro from various mfrs I never heard of that screw on like filters, for use close up. E.G. PLR Optics 52MM +1 +2 +4 +10 Close-Up Macro Filter Set with Pouch. Wide Angle screw on lens same size? 58mmn screw on "telephoto" to add to your 55-300mm "kit" lens.

Reviews on Amazon are very mixed. Anyone with experience on these?

Keep in mind, I don't have the pockets to go buy a bag full of prime glass. BUT, if these are truly AWFUL, I'll skip 'em.

  

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Reply message RE: How Good Are "Screw-on" Lenses? Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library
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Reply message RE: How Good Are "Screw-on" Lenses? mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Sat 19-Oct-13 11:45 PM
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I would skip both the filters and the add on lens converters. They are not very good. They primarily were designed for point and shoot cameras without removable lenses. From what I can see only beginners buy these lenses.

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Sun 20-Oct-13 12:31 AM
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There are a couple good screw on Macro filters, but they are more expensive. They generally have two achromatic elements.

Ironically, some of the best to use on Nikon lenses are made by Canon, such as this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/87503-REG/Canon_2824A001_77mm_500D_Close_up_Lens.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/

I believe that Marumi also makes a good version.

The inexpensive, single element macro filters are not all that good.

Other screw-on type lenses, for wide angle, telephoto and fisheye are not very good, either. But, if cheap is what you want, they will work, just don't expect to be impressed by the image quality. Just figure it will look like you are looking through a magnifying glass.
On the other hand, lomography and other effects are sometimes considered artistic, so maybe they will give you want you want.

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buffumjr   US  Registered since 05th Jun 2013 Sun 20-Oct-13 01:07 PM
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Hence the expression, "You get what you pay for."

Thanx. Saved some disappointment.

  

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BGD600   UK  Registered since 19th Sep 2012 Sun 20-Oct-13 01:28 PM
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The Marumi fisheye screw on is quite good fun for the money

  

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buffumjr   US  Registered since 05th Jun 2013 Sun 20-Oct-13 01:46 PM
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Might risk the $20 for the close up magnifying lenses. Will be photographing small, machined parts, like model airplane engine parts, small gears and cams for small tools, miniature steam engine parts, etc. No one's ego to get trod upon if the angle isn't just so, or the lighting may be too cool or too warm.

I'll pass on the fisheye and the telephoto. If I need more than 300mm, I'll rent it. Could certainly never buy it at $2,000-$3,000.

  

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