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Alethea Hawley

member since: 8/9/2006

What Macro to buy

I have a Canon EOS 300 with a Canon 28-80 lens, plus a Canon 70-300 zoom. I'd like a macro to do close ups of flowers and don't know what to buy. Does anyone have any recommendations? Should I buy a new lens with macro included or is an attachment which adds onto a normal lens as good? This seems to be cheaper.
Does anyone know the Opteka HD10X?

8/15/2006 6:44:41 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  The HD10X is a close-up lens, also called a diopter, that screws in to the filter threads of your lens. It allows focusing much closer for greater magnification of flowers, bugs, etc., but you will not be able to focus at longer distances with it attached. It's description at Opteka's web site is a bit vague, but I'd guess it to be a +10 diopter. If so, it will allow capture of life-size image on the film with the 28-80 lens, and up to about 3 times life size with the 70-300. Such high magnification will require use with a tripod.

However, the HD10x appears to be designed for use on small digital point & shoot cameras. Its lens elements are much smaller than the diameter of its mounting ring, so it is apt to cause severe vignetting (dark corners) with your EOS 300 and lenses.

For a little more (~$90) the Canon 250D close-up lens is similar but has full-width lens elements for use with film and digital SLR lenses. It is a very high quality +4 diopter lens, that will give you about 1/2 life size with the 28-80, and up to 1.5 times life size with the 70-300.

8/15/2006 9:33:26 AM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/19/2006
  The 250D is suited for lenses with a focal length anywhere from 30 to 135mm. The 500D and 500 are geared for lenses with a focal length anywhere from 70 to 300mm.

8/15/2006 2:36:37 PM

Alethea Hawley

member since: 8/9/2006
  Thank you very much Jon, really helpful, very much appreciated indeed.


8/16/2006 4:12:36 AM


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