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Zeikos ZE-CU472 Close-up Filter 4pk Set for 72mm Digital SLR Camera Lens Macro Photography

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  • Enables Digital SLR lens to focus incredibly closer -- allowing you to take amazing pictures of small objects such as flowers, insects, jewelry, coins, and more
  • Professional Close-up Glass Filter
  • Screws to Digital and Film SLR Cameras Lens as well as Video Camcorders with 72mm filter ring
  • Includes handy carry case
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.6 x 11.2 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
  • Item model number: ZE-CU472
  • ASIN: B002HXK3E6
  • Date first available at 17 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Zeikos ZE-CU472 Close-up Filter Set consists of +1, +2, +4 & +10 diopters for all digital SLR lens with 72mm filter ring. The Zeikos ZE-CU472 closeup lens is the perfect, economical alternative to a macro lens. Close-up filters offer a world of new and creative possibilities. They work well with both traditional & digital SLR cameras. The set comes with a handy carrying case.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xiao Yi on 4 July 2010
It works well, only problem is that for one lens the glass is quite loose from the frame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AD Stewart on 29 Aug. 2013
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The lenses do exactly what they're supposed to do, so no real complaints there. Good for the price, but as another reviewer said, one lens (the 4x in my case) was loose. I fixed this with a bit of ingenuity, but that two of us got loose lenses doesn't say much for Zeikos's quality control.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Good for what they do 8 Mar. 2010
By Cinnamon - Published on
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I have extensive experience with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras for Macro photography, and highly recommend it to anyone who has over $500 to spare. Since most macro lenses are out of the reach of most people on budgets, however, this filter set is a great alternative.

Amazon also sells Digital Concepts +1 +2 +4 +10 Close-Up Macro Filter Set with Pouch (58mm), which I closely looked at as well before pulling the trigger on this. I only got the Zeikos ones because of the shipping arrangement (this was eligible for Prime, the other wasn't). I don't know how different these two sets are, and I can't recommend one over the other since I only used this set. They're both in the same relative price range, however, so some of my review could theoretically apply to both.

To start off with, it's really important you understand just what these filters are for. These will NOT magnify the image and turn an ordinary lens into a telephoto one. Instead, these will change the minimum distance from which you can focus with your current lens. In other words, you will be able to physically put your lens closer to the object in question, and achieve a macro-like effect. Which means this is great for stationary objects, but if you want to photograph bugs, you have to get very close in order to fill the frame, so a 100mm macro lens might be a safer bet since it'd allow you to achieve close focus from a safe distance.

When I purchased this filter set, I also purchased the Zeikos ZE-FLK58 58mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD). Prior to this, I had never heard of Zeikos, let alone purchased their products. I am enjoying that set as well, and while I wouldn't say Zeikos necessarily makes top-quality products - these are cheap, flimsy, and probably wouldn't hold up well when thoroughly scrutinized by image experts - I do think that for most people's purposes, this filter set will be just fine. That being said, I think these are probably more of a starter set than a durable long-term investment. If one is very serious about image quality, they would probably benefit by getting an alternative solution.

There are two strong alternatives to close up filters Macro alternatives, but both are more expensive:
(a) Extension Tubes. These are basically tubes that you put in between your lens and the camera's body. There is no glass involved, it's just a tube that increases the distance from the sensor to the lens. The benefit of this is that with no glass involved, there won't be noticeable image degradation; the downside is that less light will be available, so you will either need an external light source or have adequate natural light. Plus, extension tubes are generally more expensive than this filter set!
(b) A dedicated Macro Lens. This is the optimal piece of equipment for macro photography, but these are generally very expensive. If you want to dabble in macro photography before making a major investment, get this filter set to experiment. For most people, this set should be fine, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone gets better quality shots with a thousand-dollar macro lens than with a ten-dollar filter set!

So far, I'm very pleased with my purchase. For around ten dollars, I can now focus much closer to small objects than before. This is especially great for small product shots (i.e. eBay sales), as you can highlight smaller areas much better than without the filter set. Photography is a very expensive hobby, and much in the same way a $150 telephoto lens won't provide the same image quality as one that costs ten times as much, this filter set is probably not for those who are very serious about macro photography. But for most people who don't want to yet take the plunge and fork over hundreds of dollars for a macro lens they might never use, this is a great way to start taking close-up photos.

This set has four different filters, all for the same effect, but in varying degrees. If one wanted, they could stack all four filters together, but there will be a noticeable decline in quality as you put more and more filters between your lens and the sensor. They come in a pouch which is very portable, and has a fold-out system (much like a wallet) that makes it convenient to keep all four in your pocket.

I don't regret this purchase. Like I said at the start of the review, I have played extensively with the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens (which I've rented, and don't own)...this doesn't exactly compare to that, but then again, this is about one-fiftieth of the cost! This filter set is a great way for someone to get a feel for macro photography, especially beginners. Just by getting physically closer to the object you're trying to photograph, you can now compose your shot much differently than before, and that alone I believe is worth the cost of this set. A WARNING, however...getting close is great, but be mindful of just how close you're getting to your object! The first day I got this set, I was experimenting and actually slammed my lens into my girlfriend's eye. Injuries aside, this is a very worthwhile product. I hope to upload some photos soon to highlight this.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great deal for the price - make sure to F-stop high enough 25 Aug. 2010
By Mary Ingold - Published on
I ended up with these when trying to purchase a different filter set that was within about $11, $12. Without any photo examples at the time I was looking at the product page, I was unsure what to expect.

First off, I doubt the filters are multi coated (they reflect white light when looked at. Green would be multi-coated.) But a good multi-coated filter would probably cost more.
The black paint looks like it will flake off eventually.

Those shortcomings aside I found the quality to be surprisingly sharp. I plan to post a few test photos to show off what these filters are capable of. I can get sharp enough to see the wing scale texture on butterflies and the pollen on flowers. CA distortion and fringing is to be expected. At +10 the fuzziness was really bad with the lens F stop at 1.8 to about 4. Setting it to F8 or slightly higher appears to greatly sharpen and improve the overall effect of the filters, especially the +4 and +10. I have not yet tried to layer the filters to increase magnification, but I'd expect the quality to drop when adding more glass in front of the lens.

I have at times combined one of these filters with an extension tube and found the effect to be pretty good, though it does narrow the depth of field and make getting a perfectly focused image a bit more challenging.

Are these better than extension tubes or a macro lens? Most likely not, but in a pinch or a limited budget, these may do pretty well.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Do not appear to be multi-coated as described 14 Jun. 2010
By P. Kaczkowski - Published on
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These magnification add-on lenses do what they are supposed to do: shorten the working distance to permit macro-photography very inexpensively. However, my complaint with the product is that it is advertised as multi-coated, and I see no evidence of any anti-reflection coating on these lenses whatsoever. Looking at the reflection of a light source, there is no coloring or apparent attenuation of the reflection, on either surface, that I can detect. This appears to be a false claim; however, the price is totally in-line with non-coated optics. True multi-coated optics will cost substantially more (at least 3 to 5 times more) so you get what you pay for. I am only complaining that the description misrepresents the product, though the product provides good value at the price.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Better Than Expected 14 Mar. 2012
By B. Divin - Published on
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These close up lenses provide any photographer of moderate to advanced skill an oppurtunity to explore their macro potential and interest without purchasing an expensive macro lens. Don't get me wrong, there is no substitute for a good macro lens. But like many poeple, I simply cannot afford that right now.

The catch to these close up lenses is practice. Don't expect to just walk out the day you get them and take extremely sharp and detailed photographs, you may, but it requires practice and technique to get really sharp and detailed photographs.

Tips: Stay parallel with your subject, creating flat planes that photograph at the same "depth" in the photo, you will have increased areas of in focus subject.Whenever you photograph a subject from above or below and not even or parallel with your subject, areas behind and in front of your focal point will blurr due to the shallow Depth of Field that is a quark of magnification lenses. Use this technique if you are a begginner close up photographer. After some practice, you will have the understanding you need to "play" more and experiment.

Also use your narrowest aperture settings to enlarge your depth of field. At least at first, until you are comfortable controlling your Depth of Field within your viewfinder.

I highly reccommend giving these a try. I really enjoy the new possibiities opened to me by purchasing these lenses. Keep an open mind, and practice!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ok, not great. 15 Jun. 2009
By Nick - Published on
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I'm new to SLR cameras and can not currently afford a true macro lens, so I opted to buy this set to hopefully hold me over in the meantime. I posted 4 pictures with the 2x,4x and 10x lenses attached and one with no attachment (all at 55mm). I have to say they work well for flowers or other stationary objects. I cant recommend them for bugs however. All of the pictures I posted were taken within 6" of the subject (except the non attachment was maybe 8" or so). Im not sure how these are supposed to work with focal length, but I also tried them on the 55-250mm lens. I couldn't get any focus lock at full length. At 135mm I could get lock with the 2x or 4x lens. At 70mm I could get a lock with the 10x lens. Unfortunately these were all withing about 8" of the subject as well. For those that didnt look at the pictures, the 10x lens will allow you to fill the fram of a 1.6crop camera with ~1"x1" subject.

I honestly have not used these much out in the field except for a few things around the house to test them. So far they have not affected image quality in any pictures (not substantially that I can tell) except for one picture of a yellow flower showed bad CA. It may have been something else I did, but it was there none the less.

Build quality actually seems pretty good. Glass is substantial, metal rings, no play, no cross threading. As with all of the Zeikos "Multi-Coated" products I have used so far, NONE have been multi-coated and that includes these. They do also come with a very nice case. Much better than the cheap filter sets they sell. You have to be careful how you open it though because they can easily slide out of the pockets if you open it upside down.

I would definately buy these again considering the price, however I also can't wait to get a real macro lens!
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