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Does anyone use close-up lenses?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by OzRay, May 4, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I was going through my camera bag and in the bottom of the back pocket, came across my B&W NL4 Close-Up lens. Years ago, these were quite popular with SLR and DSLR users, but appear to have fallen out of favour somewhat, or at least I don't hear of their use much anymore. Good close-up lenses can actually be very useful, as they provide an alternative to extension tubes (or where extension tubes aren't even available - m4/3s) and their biggest benefit is that you don't lose any lens speed, the max aperture stays the max aperture. To re-acquaint myself with this close-up lens, I took a few shots indoors (as the weather is woeful), just to show what you can do with one of these lenses. I took shots with the 14-35mm f2, as well as the 35-100mm f2 lens, and all were shot under just one LED downlight, letting the camera choose ISO (which came out between 3200 and 6400) and all the 35-100mm shots were with a tripod. I simply converted these from RAW to JPG, using 'Instant JPG from RAW'.

    14-35mm at 14mm:

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    14-35mm at 35mm:

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    35-100mm at 42mm:

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    35-100mm at 71mm:

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    35-100mm at 95mm:

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    And to complete the picture, 35-100mm with EX-25 at 95mm:

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    So all in all, a close-up lens isn't that shabby and can be a very useful bit of kit for opportunity macro work.
     
  2. I use achromatic (multiple element) close up lenses with my mZD 40-150mm. Works well, if a little front heavy on the plastic zoom.
     
  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    That's actually a good point. Getting multiple element and coated close-up lenses is important in order to maintain image quality. I also have a Canon close-up lens, somewhere, which is definitely an achromatic, multi-element lens. I'm not entirely sure of the B&W one.
     
  4. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Mike
    I usually use a reversed lens as a close up lens (coupled to the standard lens) but with my µ4/3 lenses I tend to get severe vignetting, so I have also tried a Raynox 250. Seemed to do the job nicely
     
  5. BillPlumtree

    BillPlumtree Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 15, 2014
    Near Kendal, UK
    Bill Robertson
    I just rediscovered mine the other day, an Olympus MCON-40 2.5x converter. Just a single element. Sample from yesterday, with this converter on a Pentax 50mm f2 (the only lens I've got which I can mount it on, and even then it needs two stepping rings)

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  6. BigStreetGuns

    BigStreetGuns Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Apr 29, 2014
    Serbia
    Ivan
    I don't yet have a mFT lens with good image ratio, but I use a Marumi DHG200 +5 achromatic lens on my Nikon V1/10-30. I've reviewed it and posted many samples here.
     
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  7. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Bill -Nice shot!
     
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  8. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    OzRay -Not since film. I have various ones for medium format cameras. None are suitable sizes for my MFT lenses. Thanks for reminding me of their usefulness.
     
  9. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    I have the MCON1 for my 40-150 and a Canon 500D 77mm for my Nikkors:

    MCON1:
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    Canon 500D
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    While not as good as my Tamron 90 on either my Nikons or the EP5, still very good I think. For the person who always wants to have macro capability with them they are the way to go IMHO.
     
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  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Great photos, which proves that close-up lenses can be very good accessories, as they don't take up much space, you don't lose any lens speed, nor do you really lose any significant quality.
     
  11. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    I bought a Canon 250D in a 58mm thread for my wife, to use with her new Pana 14-140 MkII. She doesn't like changing lenses and DOES like shooting flowers and bees etc, so it is just the ticket.

    Some useful general info and Canon-specific info here.

    Several third parties make extension tubes for m43, with full electrical contacts. I got some Chinese ones on eBay and they work fine.

    True enough, but large apertures are usually not practical for close-ups. The depth of field becomes too small to be much use.
     
  12. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
     
  13. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I had a look at eBay and was surprised at the option available. Just one question, do these extension tubes work in combination, or can they only be used one at a time?
     
  14. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Combination is fine.
     
  15. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    So I wonder how the Chinese have managed to solve this issue, when Olympus hasn't, or doesn't want to solve? You can't, for example, use an extension tube and tele-extender together and get AF with 4/3 bodies and lenses and I tried it with the E-M1 to see if it was just a 4/3s camera thing and my EX-25 and EC-14 would not allow AF. Mind you, I can't try this out with purely m4/3 lenses, so don't know if this is just a 4/3 lens issue.
     
  16. BigStreetGuns

    BigStreetGuns Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Apr 29, 2014
    Serbia
    Ivan
    Here are some of my samples with the Marumi DHG200 +5:

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    Here is my Marumi Flickr set. Gear used: Nikon V1, 18.5mm f/1.8 and 10-30mm kit zoom.
     
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  17. laser8

    laser8 Mu-43 Veteran

    403
    Jan 29, 2013
    Mare nostrum, Istria
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  18. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    This thread has reminded me that I do, in fact have one, and I need to go visit the person who borrowed it from me, and "borrow" it back!

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  19. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    167
    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Leendert
    I use the Raynox DCR150 and DCR250 on the G3 + m.Zuiko 40-150mm.
    Handheld with flash.

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