>I was browing in www.aaacamera.com and >came across a "Close Up >filter" which seeming could blow >up the image you were >taking dramatically, without any lens >adjustments. > >I found that quite incredible, and >I was wondering whether anyone >has this type of filter, >and if it's really that >good at enhancing the closeup >for detail shots?
Nikon makes 4 high-quality diopters, 2-element, highly corrected "filters" for closeup work. These are specifically for tele lenses 85mm . They come in 2 different powers, 1.5x and 2.9x, and 2 sizes, 52mm and 62mm, and are called the 3T, 4T (52mm), 5T and 6T (62mm). I've used the 6T with the 70-300mm ED zoom with incredibly sharp results for slightly more than 1:1 magnification.
BEst of all, the 62mm diopters cost only c. $50 US and the 52mm only c. $30 US.
>JRJ - ok. > >if you want to, we can >set up an image gallery >for you. See the info >in the forum General/About nikonians.org > > >You may also use the Shooting >issues/Critize me! forum if you >want to receive positive critics >by other members.
Thanks, Bo - I'll take a look at those forums tonight.
Sorry, but a close up lens can't work miracles for you. All it will do is get you a bit closer to a close object, as in the pictures on that web site. This is the same principle as reading glasses. It won't work at infinity, so I'm afraid you'll not be getting a screw-on telephoto lens. There is also a trade off in optical quality.
However, let's not be too hard on them! For an occasional close up of a flower or a matchbox, this is a cheap and cheerful alternative. If you do pick up a set, try to get the best you can afford.
Well, concidering I'd be using them with a 300mm lens, I'm pretty close to the target already <g> so there's no need to bring the mountain goat on the other side of the rocky's to an arm's length... (ogh, if ONLY I could afford a 1200mm.but I'm already having trouble scraping enough money for a 20mm nikkor =)
A +3 filter would, I think, be a great addition. I spent my day today shooting all sort of animals in the zoo, and we have a tropical house where a lot of tiny birds fly freely, completely oblivious to the fact that people are looking at them. which is an ideal testing ground for close-up-ing =)
(and as soon as those pictures get developped, I'll try to show some to the community)
Yo shutter bugs, I think the cocept of the close-up filter is misrepresented here. The filters do give a tremendous boost to the detail and creates an effective macro/micro situation with an attached lens but, the focal range is also macro-like. An operating range in the fraction of a foot range (.3 meter)are the norm with a focal distance in the inch (25mm) range on the higher numbered sizes. My experience is with a set I aquired on a discount table at Helix Camera in Chicago USA. It is a set of 2 Toshiba filters 55mm thread that work well on my Tamron 100-300 zoom. They allow full frame shots of tulip blooms with extreme detail. the focal distance is about 1/2 to 1/4 foot for the No. 2 and much less for the No. 4. These filters would be of no help for a zoo outing but absolutely great for the floral conservatory given the chance to go "macro" by just spinning on a filter. JM Jeff M. Chicago IL USA
I've just thought of something... if you're using a 300mm, you probably have the same problem I have with mine i.e. that it just won't focus close enough. 5 meters is the limit with mine, enough to fill the frame with a cat but not a bird. As an alternative to close up lenses (which ain't cheap for a 72mm filter size, like on my 300!) how about getting a set of extension tubes for those zoo pics?
#13. "RE: close up lenses" | In response to Reply # 12
Tue 09-May-00 10:16 PM
For what it's worth Nikon makes no.s 0,1,2,3t,4t in 52mm and the 5t,6t in 62mm size. I have used other maker's diopter/closeup lenses and the Nikon ones are hands down a better quality. Especially if you stack or use with any type of diffuser etc. They will work well with extenders or Nikon's pk rings. As someone else mentioned the focus range is limitted to a very short range. ie. from around 3 inches to 11.25 inches for the nikkor lenses that I use them on.I would be glad to supply the exact info per nikon's instruction manuals for any or all nikkor lenses they list.
Mike, As to diopters (or close-up lenses), I second Scott's opinion: optically speaking, Nikon is far superior to third-party makers (and the 3T-4T/5T-6T lenses are also pretty cheap). Also, if I may recommend what (IMHO) is the Bible in terms of close-up work, just get John Shaw's book "Close ups in nature": it's packed with wise words of advice and neat pictures illustrating the concepts; he also deals with the use of diopters and their pros and cons (finally, he is a Nikonian, which should convince you to get his book ). Best, Stefano
Very nice photo, Mike. If I may say (and even if this is not the "For critique..." forum ), maybe I would have stopped down the lens a bit (to, say, f11), for sharper results and some more depth of field (the lower part of the flower (maybe it is called the stem? don't know) seems not to be in sharp focus). Apart from that, it is definitely a nice shot, with a pleasant contrast between the pink flower and the green background. Best, Stefano