Polaroid Optics 55mm 4 Piece Close Up Filter Set (+1, +2, +4, +10)
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- 4 Close-Up Diopters: +1 +2 +4 and +10
- Ideal For Shooting Small Items
- These Filters Are Double-Threaded Which Will Enable You To Combine Together or Use With Other Lenses
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Polaroid filters continue the brand's long legacy of superior optical solutions. All our filters are carefully formulated to ensure consistent color and accuracy throughout the entire surface of the glass. Why? Consistent color means consistent high quality results. We know that a poorly made filter makes a great lens and camera worthless, that's why the our frame rings are constructed of special alloys that won't expand or contract over time or due to temperature extremes-it's also why we back our filters with an 10 year warranty-because we engineer them to last.
Like all Polaroid optics, Polaroid filters are precision manufactured to the most demanding of tolerances. This ensures consistent high quality results even after years of use.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have recommended the kit to several friends who have bought it and are well pleased.
I have taken dozens of shots with these lenses and so far the results have been very good(using a Nikon D3100)
Indeed, the end results surpass photos that I have taken with other cameras.
A few tips from this novice, to the other novices out there:
Yes, you can use more than one lens at a time, but the in-focus field of vision will get narrower with each additional lens you add - magnification of just 1x or 2x, is more than enough for close-up work... any more than that and you start to narrow the focus too much.
You may get some minor 'fish-eye' distortion around the edges (depending on how much magnification you are trying), but it doesn't really show on the photos I have taken.. it is more noticeable when you look through the viewfinder and move the camera around.
If you are using the 18-55mm lens, you can still zoom in/out as you would with any other shot.
For what they are and for the price you pay, I think these are a very good (re: cheap) way to take macro shots.
I have posted images on Flickr and have had some very good feedback on the quality of them.
I can understand some people might prefer a proper macro lens, but if like me, you are on a tight budget and the thought of shelling out for a pricey macro lens, leaves you cold, then give these a try..
for £13 or so, you can always chuck them if you think otherwise.
PS.. I will try to upload an image taken with one of these lenses, so that you can judge for yourselves.
I've previously purchased a set off of ebay, and they were very poor quality (ended up binning them)
The Polaroid optics.... they're amazing. Quality is brilliant for the price. Still playing about with the lenses to see what I feel will be best for close ups of eye makeup and and lips, or general portraits. (If you have any tips with the gems, please share :P) I did try the 10x and found needed a more narrow aperture, and some good lighting. Not a photographer so I don,t have all the fancy lights etc. Im looking to purchase a macro ring light, you guys think I can attach that with filters??
Heres a picture of one of mums house plants .. I think its great- 50mm 10x filter f9.00 1-60sec.
Overall ... I'm happy
overall, i am satisfied with this product, would buy it again if i needed the filters again and i would recommend it to others. keep your expectations real and you won't be disappointed with this.
---- EDIT - Please read ----
Following Mr Malloy's comment, and on closer inspection, it does indeed look like the 10x filter does not have double screw threads (it can be screwed on top of other filters (i.e. furtherst away from the camera body) but it cannot have anything screwed on top of it).
Samples of what these filters are capable of (i have taken these using 10x mounted onto 4x mounted onto an 18-55mm lens on a canon 450D):
----------- further edit 01/02/15-----
I have purchased a ring flash and found that it does screw onto the front end of the 10x filter. if screwed too tight, it falls off, but if done so with a little care, it stays in place without any support. the ring flash is this one:
These filters screw onto any lens, including zoom lenses, with a 58mm filter thread and reduce the minimum focal distance of that lens.
They are light and come in a sturdy, though soft, pouch, so you could take them with you - as a just in case - in the knowledge that they won't result in your camera bag feeling like you have added a small elephant. Something that cannot be said for many macro lenses.
Each filter slips into a mesh pocket in the pouch and they come shipped in individual plastic wrappers. I would have preferred these wrappers to have been a soft cloth as they are really just packing material and am not sure of the softness of the mesh. I guess it is unlikely to scratch the filter, but a bit of grit trapped in it could.
The minimum focal distance is reduced most by the +10 and least by the +1 filter. In use I have found that the higher strength filters also appear to reduce the area of focus across the image, though this could be due to the fact that depth of field (how much of a picture is in focus front to back) reduces the closer you get to the subject.
They do not appear to absorb much light so my camera settings were pretty constant whether I used the +1 or +10 filter. I couldn't detect anything in the way of distortion either, which was a nice surprise.
Given that you can buy one close-up filter for the price of these 4 the price is impressive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for the price. Someday I'll get a proper macro lens but these are surprisingly fun to use in the mean time.Published 1 month ago by Mrs.Effin
A nice set of close up lenses. It comes with a well padded lens wallet and optical quality is good. The +10 lens is somewhat the most troublesome to use, because of image... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea Minoia
These are great , fit on my bridge camera and help enlarge all sorts of things.Published 1 month ago by marlene watson
Very easy to use! I am a macro maniac, and this sure helps to get those tiny details I look for!Published 2 months ago by Gui Rego
A very good set of lenses, obviously they are no replacement for a dedicated macro lens, but they do a great job.Published 2 months ago by M. Finnerty
The +10 distorts the image badly and the screw threads on a couple of these don't seem to screw in smoothly, making me concerned for my lens, OK for the price I guess.Published 2 months ago by MMW