Adorama 52mm Close-up Filter Set with +1, +2 & +4 Macro Lenses, Metal rim

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About Adorama

• Close-up lenses are high-quality optical magnifying lenses which shorten the close-focusing distance of the lens. It allows the lens to go closer to the subject than before and to achieve a larger image scale.

Close-up filters are available in three diopters (strengths). Close-up +1 Diopter (101), Close-up +2 Diopter (102), Close-up +4 Diopter (104)

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (5),Firm mount (4),Clear optics (3)
Best Uses:
Image manipulation (3)

Adorama Features

  • Filters simply screw onto the front of any 52mm lens, and will maintain resolution and picture clarity while magnifying image size. Plus, these filters are double-threaded, which means you can combine them to achieve increased magnification, or you can attach additional optics such as polarizers or skylight filters.

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome alternative to macro lens

In order to create better photographs of baby toes I purchased these close up lenses as I don't own a macro lens. They work great, and combined together, they offer a huge magnification factor. I use them on my 50mm lens. These lenses allow for a super short focus distance, and awesome depth of field, especially at f-1.8. They are inexpensive and an awesome buy if you don't own a macro lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The Jury's Still Out

I am using these on my Canon 60D with the EF 50 f/1.8 II lens. I haven't really done a controlled experiment to quantify the effect. I think they're an improvement on the lens alone, but I have not had a "Eureka!" moment. On the other hand, the cost is low enough that I think it's worth the attempt (and I don't hesitate to point out that I'm not exactly a professional, so any error could quite likely just be my ineptitude).

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
4.0

Surprisingly decent for cheap filters

By

from California  -  Casual Photographer

It's definitely not an alternative or a replacement for a true macro lens, but I think it's still a good place to start to get into macrophotogrphy. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much from such cheap filters, but they exceeded my expectations. Images seem to turn out with a bit of noticeable blur when using all three filters at the same time, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. Again, you shouldn't expect performance anywhere near that of a real macro lens, but for the price, I'm quite happy and am looking forward to more playtime with my new toy.

 
5.0

LOVE THEM!

By

from Washington DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love these. I have been saving up for a good macro, but was still not excited that I would have to change lenses often when out shooting. Figured I would see if there was anything affordable, and came across these. LOVE THEM!!!!! Still not a true Macro, but the images are great. I cannot get as close as with a macro, but I do like that I can adjust the strength of the magnification, which I could not with my previous macro lense. The day these came to my office, and my staff played with them for hours, and one staff member immediately bought a set for his camera. I went with the cheapest when I got these in case I was disappointed, but they exceeded my expectations.

 
5.0

Nifty Little Filters

By

from Springfield, NJ  -  Casual Photographer

I got these to take close-up pictures of my newborn's fingers and toes. The filters - really just thin magnifying lenses - are easy to screw on, and each has a thread on both sides, which allows you to use any of the three filters (1x, 2x, 4x) in combination - or with your other favorite filters. The image quality is terrific - very clear and with no color distortion that I can see. I was also impressed by how close the filters allow you to get to the subject - in fact with the strongest filter on, my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 won't focus at its normal minimum range - you've really got to get right in there to get focus. (Of course as a complete amateur I could well be mis-using these, and I'm sure I don't understand nearly enough about the physics, but that's been my experience.). All in all I'm very pleased.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Inexpensive but poor performance

By

from Orange County, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

My Nikon point & shoot gets great closeup shots and I wanted an inexpensive way to get results from my DSLR. Unfortunately, even combining all three filters the result was very poor. Sorry but my experience is that you'll need to buy a real macro lens to obtain macro results.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome alternative to macro lens

By

from Lafayette, CO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

In order to create better photographs of baby toes I purchased these close up lenses as I don't own a macro lens. They work great, and combined together, they offer a huge magnification factor. I use them on my 50mm lens. These lenses allow for a super short focus distance, and awesome depth of field, especially at f-1.8. They are inexpensive and an awesome buy if you don't own a macro lens.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The Jury's Still Out

By

from Cleveland, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am using these on my Canon 60D with the EF 50 f/1.8 II lens. I haven't really done a controlled experiment to quantify the effect. I think they're an improvement on the lens alone, but I have not had a "Eureka!" moment. On the other hand, the cost is low enough that I think it's worth the attempt (and I don't hesitate to point out that I'm not exactly a professional, so any error could quite likely just be my ineptitude).

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Ron R  Nice reasonably priced way of turning an ordinary lens into have macro capability.
MIke R  Im looking to buy close-up filters for my nikon d3000 are these filters universal or are there specific ones for Nikon?
MARLIN S  They're universal as far as I can tell. I bought them and have used them on my Canon 52mm 1.8 lens, so I can shoot closeups. The lens itself does not have closeup capabilities. These filters are not the same quality as a macro lens, but for under $, they do the trick. I've stacked all three together and was surprised that the results were as good as they were. I assumed the quality would be terrible, but it wasn't bad at all. Since I don't shoot macros a lot, I couldn't see spending hundreds on a macro lens. These filters are fine for me and I do recommend them.
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