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How to Get Macro Close-ups with Any Lens

08.30.10 @ 4:38PM Tags : , , , ,

Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has posted a nice tutorial for turning any old lens into a Macro lens. This process consists of attaching a diopter to the front of your lens, which allows you to focus on objects much closer to the camera than before. Note that these diopters — which come in different strengths — can be “stacked” to allow for maximum effect. Caleb explains the process and then shares some example shots:

Thanks for cranking out the jams on the end there, Caleb!

The lenses he’s referencing can be found at B&H, they are Hoya Close-Up Kits (which consist of a +1, +2, and +4 diopter packaged together).

[via FilmmakerIQ]


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  • Thanks, macros look great

  • I’m no expert at all, but I think the macro tubes are a better option: much cheaper (around $20 for the whole set), they work for absolutely any lens, and they don’t add new elements of glass, which I think means the sharpness of the lens is better preserved

    all they do is sit between the body and the lens so that they are further apart from each other (just like the focusing mechanism of some lenses consists of moving the elements away from the body in order to focus at a closer spot)

    I bought a set on ebay just a couple of weeks back, and they seem to work great, but I haven’t used them enough to learn the drawbacks