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An Intro to Macro Filters by Jules1983 An Intro to Macro Filters by Jules1983
I have received a lot of notes recently, asking about macro filters. So here you go, the myth revealed :D
I use them for ALL my macro shots, and if you ask me - I'm more than happy with the outcome.

Questions? PLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEE ASK!
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Rietepiet1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member
I's amazing!...thank you for this guide.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much for this guide. This is an excellent alternative. I really don't feel like shelling out $500 for the 60mm 2.8 macro.
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! :) It's funny, I was a student with little to no money when I wrote this. I could easily afford a macro lens now, but I just don't see the point anymore, too used to macro filters ;)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Photographer
I'm in the same boat as you. Technically, I could get the professional 105mm f2.8, but I've come to appreciate my earned savings much more. I'd rather watch it grow and continue creating with minimum spending.

I'm definitely buying some macro filters haha. Do you have a recommendation for a specific brand? I also shoot with the Nikon D7100.
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mmt217 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Jules, I would like to  use one of your photos on my website. Please advise.
mizar
mizar@pur2o.com
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LonelySorceress Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Photographer
I'm assuming that most people use them in conjunction with a macro lens, but I was wondering, what would happen if you put a macro filter onto, say, a 40-150mm lens?
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samuelreis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
tested and approved!
thanks =]
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, great to hear it! :)
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dbstrtz Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for this intro. It is very useful. :+fav:
:hug:
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :rose:
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rontz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Question here:D
Why are you calling them filters?:D Those are lenses if I'm not totally wrong:)

But you convinced me to buy a set of close up filters/lenses :) Not that happy with the outcome of the reverse lens-technique.
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm good question! I think both terms are equally right; I chose to use "filters" as they remind me more of filters such as the pol filter rather than of actual lenses ;)
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   General Artist
I was just thinking about filters vs a new lens right now. Thank you!!! :D
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Zebraa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for the info ! :aww:
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Ice-11 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are totally what I use on my camera.
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DanielAPierce Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey I do arrowheads, and it's hard to capture the very very fine details of the flaking pattern. If you have time please take a look at what i mean.

If you have any suggestions as to how i can make it turn far more detailed please let me know. The camera I'm working with is a Canon Rebel XS or Canon EOS 1000d, different names. With a 18-55mm lens i believe.

Hear from you soon,

D. Pierce
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ruksi86 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Photographer
THank youuu for making this! I was just trying to research macro filters myself :D Do you usually buy yours at amazon.com?
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's where I bought my set, yes :nod:
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gerrish Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So the set I got only seems to fit on my 55 - 250 lens but they don't fit on my 18 - 55 lens, even though they are both 58mm's. What would be the right macro filters for my 18 - 55 lens, if I wanted to get a set for it?
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is really odd, if they both have a diameter of 58mm the filters should work for both. :?
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gerrish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They don't, I don't understand why. :( The Macro filters I have are "Zeikos".
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are they too big or too small for the other lens or what is the problem?
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gerrish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It seems they are a bit too big.
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm well in that case the lens must be a different size. I know I have a few that are 52 (perfect for my filters) but one lens is a 62 one. Have you checked the cap that goes with that particular lens?
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WillaWalo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I was looking into Macro filters today. And had questions...and now y just answered them simply for me haha
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well perfect! :D
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Sian44 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks for this!! :aww:
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SaraJ3an Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Photographer
I've used this in a news article I just submitted, You can check it out [link]!
:heart:
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pharaohking Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
i guess that we have to focus manually .. right ?
i'm buying a set of 4 filters .. x1 x2 x4 x10
so should i use them all together or one at time .. and why theres x1 or x2 when x10 is more strong ?
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You would need to focus manually with the +10 one, the others should be fine to autofocus.
I guess there's different ones for different effects. If you only want to "zoom in" a tiny bit, you'd use the +1 or +2 filter. The +10 filter works perfectly for macro shots though. Just try different settings, just one filter, or 2 or all of them at a time, whichever works best for you :)
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pharaohking Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
thank u so much .. well one more silly question .. i have the standard lens cuz i dnt have any lens yet .. so this should be the 55 mm right ?
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for the very late reply, I'm really really busy at the moment. What you need to do is find the cap that belongs to your lens and look on the inside of it, there it should state the diameter you need. :)
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pharaohking Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
well its ok and thank u :)
i already got mine they r vivitar .. i used them in my last shots if u check my gallery .. i guess they work just fine :) .. lil bit hard focus but still good results :)
thx again
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geminisleviatan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   General Artist
those filters are also aviable for Nikon L100 a semi pro camera ???? please i want one =0 :) i will give you a llama if you answer me
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m473u5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I have a +8 and +20 58mm macro filters that i use with a 18-55 or 70-300 lens and i have a big problem with light difraction in some situations. Do you have some suggestion?
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm... I use a reversal adapter but that can be a bit annoying sometimes, these look like a good solution!
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sugbug Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Oh my god, THANK YOU! This saves me so much compared to buying a full on macro lens! Thank you so much for this information. :D
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Whatsername2609 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
u just saved me 500$!!! thanks!
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha my pleasure. These are really AWESOME to use!
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Whatsername2609 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
what other filters would you recommend?
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Generally speaking? I have a polarizer filter that I usually use for landscape/nature shots as it really brings out the blue in skys.
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Whatsername2609 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
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LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
PERFECT .. LOVE you hehe .. :hug: ..
i was really confused if these Macro Filters will get a good results till i saw this .. its amazing, thanks for doing it .. :eager: ..
anywayz, i have a Question i have a Nikon D90 ,18-105 mm lens .. what Macro Filters fit what i have ??! or the number ?! or anything ?! .. :blush: ..
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Look on the inside of the cap that goes with your lens to figure out the size (diameter) of filters you need. It should be something like 55mm, 67mm etc. :) Hope that helps!
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LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
its 67 mm .. so this is the number for my camera macro filters ??
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! You would need to go to Amazon or whatever other (online) store and look for macro filters with that specific size like I just did here: [link] - good luck :hug:
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LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
u were really really helpful .. THANK u so much .. i really APPRECIATE it .. :huggle: ..
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:iconjules1983:
Jules1983 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Not a problem :aww: If you have anymore question, ask away!
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LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
yea actually i have one more .. :D .. :blush: ..
who can i know which quality to choose i mean the better quality ??
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: I don't think there's any way to know! Given that they're all relatively low in price, they should be all about the same quality. Personally, I just bought the cheapest set and I'm totally happy with it :D
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