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A low cost way to experiement with wider angle and macro photography
on 18 June 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view
WA & Macro Conversion Lens:
This lens conversion kit consists of two lenses you need to use both to get the ultra wide angle effect (they screw together) the macro is used just on it's own with the front WA part unscrewed. This fits filter threads of 52mm which is common for Nikon kit lenses but you can use stepping rings if you wish on other lenses with different sized filter threads.
In the kit you get a small bag to hold the lens, front and rear caps (rear cap is screw on) Front filter size is 62mm if you wish to use one. This is quite well made metal casing and does add a touch of weight to a lens though not enough to really concern in use even on a plastic kit lens. Any camera with a filter thread can make use of this be it a DSLR or bridge type camera.
Optics on the Wide angle lens do show notable corner darkening at the widest angle (you can use this for effect), the solution to this is simple either zoom in slightly or crop the image either way you will have a wider field of view than normal. Possibly of more interest is the macro lens this unscrews from the main lens and gives an impressive super close focus ability (see posted examples) it's a great way to experiment for very little outlay. Optics are quite reasonable for a conversion lens (there is a reason why macro and ultra wide angle lenses are not cheap) at the wide end it's quite sharp across most of the frame it does drop off a bit at the edges but satisfactory for what's on offer. The Macro does well pretty sharp in the middle section it does drop off a bit on the edges but better than I expected if you are using a larger sensor camera you'll have tiny depth of field so stop the lens down a small sensor will offer greater focus depth here. AF can be used on both wide and macro though it will vary depending on the camera how well that performs.
Really for the asking price it's a fun low cost way to experiment with wider angles and macros you're not going to get the quality of a dedicated ultra wide angle lens or a full blown macro lens if you're pixel peeping, but it's quite respectable and worth investigating particularly for the macro capability.