View Full Version : 14-54 w/ macro filters?

28th January 2008, 12:14 AM
Has any gotten successful results with the 14-54 and macro filters? I would like to do a little macro work while I decide which macro lens to purchase. Any recommendations would be welcomed. Thanks.

28th January 2008, 11:53 AM
The macro filters, or diopter converters reduce the working distance between the lens and the subject. The 14-54 has already very short minimum working distance, so I am not sure it would work to a satisfactory degree.

Anyway, to get good results, you'll need high quality lenses. Canon 250D and 500D are supposed to be good ones but what they would cost, I have no idea about. The 14-54 is a huge lens, so I guess it won't be cheap. I know a guy who is using the 50-200 with those lenses and he is getting very nice results. I think if I would use macro converters, I would go for a longer focal length than the 14-54.

28th January 2008, 03:01 PM
I am thinking along the lines of macro. I have the 35mm lens which is very good but hard on the knees, the 14-54 is ok for plants and fungi but I have wondered about the 105mm f2.8 Sigma. I realise that the depth of field will be limited but I think thats the way I'll go cos its quite a reasonable price considering.

28th January 2008, 06:59 PM
Sorry to be pedantic, not really:rolleyes:, but the correct term is supplementary(close up) lenses, if you mean lenses that are put in front of the lens on camera. A dioptre is a measurement, not a filter or lens. Close up lenses come in different strengths, as do spectacles, 1 dioptre, 1 1/2 dioptre Etc.
It really does help to use correct terminology, then we all know what we are talking about.
This term seems to have originated in the USA for some reason, but it is not correct.
Cheers, Dave.

28th January 2008, 09:10 PM
Yes sapper, you are absolutely right, but many people use different names for the same thing. 'Macro' is definitely a wrong term unless you really get 'macro' which starts at 1:1 magnification ratio. Anything less than that is just close-up to be absolutely correct. Unfortunately, many people use the wrong terms, but you get used to it. I some times correct those, some times not, depending on my mood and the type of conversation.

BTW, I believe it is very difficult to get 1:1 with a close-up filter in combination with the 14-54, if possible at all.

Glyn R
28th January 2008, 11:02 PM

Not macro but pretty big with 70-300+Sigma Achromatic close up lens. From about 3 feet. 100% image. No processing except resize.