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.
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.
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.
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.
I agree with what Mick says below. I use a Canon 52mm close up lens... Model 240 on my Nikkor 18-55mm and get great results shooting for my eBay auctions. I found several in 52mm and 58mm on eBay for under $50.
>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.
I'm a newbie and these lenses aren't bad. DOF is very limited but with patience, they allow for decent pictures. Really looking at Kenko Auto Extension Tube (around 120) and the quality for taking pictures of insects close up look awesome (for the sample pictures, at least).
If you want to do this get a two element achromat like the Canon 500D or a Nikon 5T or 6T. A Nikon 5T attached to the 70-300ED is a decent field macro lens that will focus to 0.9X with a good working distance. The cost is about $60-$100. I don't know if Nikon still makes the 5T or 6T anymore, but I think the Canon achromat is still around and comes in a 58mm size.
FYI Marumi makes 2 element achromats in a variety of filter sizes. Closeup lenses work best with teles. I just bought one to use with my 70-300VR in the field and will take some test shoots vis-a-vis the 85 micro when it arrives. They are a little hard to find but Amazon can provide them.
The +3 diopter closeup filter will deliver 1.4x @ 300 mm and 1.0 x @ 200 mm. Not to shabby.
I have used the vivtar screw on lenses with a 12mm extension ring and had very good results, you have to know what you're doing. Take test shots...... The focal point is very narrow, so you may have to stack images to get a totally clear image.