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Sakar 52mm Close-Up Filter Set (+1, +2, +4 and +10 Diopters) Magnification Kit - Metal Rim

by Sakar
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  • 52MM Close Up Lens Kit Includes +1 +2 +4 +10
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Sakar 52mm Close-Up Filter Set (+1, +2, +4 and +10 Diopters) Magnification Kit - Metal Rim + Zeikos ZE-FLK52 52mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD) + Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sakar
  • Model: B001ANXRQA
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001ANXRQA
  • Item model number: B001ANXRQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 30, 2007

Product Description

52MM Close Up Lens Kit Includes +1 +2 +4 +10

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Customer Reviews

I couldn't afford a macro lens, so this was my best alternative.
GS
A +10 diopter even on a compact camera with a minuscule sensor can decrease the depth of field to 1 centimeter, depending on how close your subject is!
Collin Zeng
I don't use these that often but when I do I get some really great and amazing shots!
lynnie

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Collin Zeng on November 12, 2010
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The first things I noticed about this set of macro lens is that they were cheaply made. I ordered this set of diopters along with a bottom-of-the-line uncoated Hoya polarizer and got them both today from Amazon.

The close-up filters grind against my lens tube and paint has already been scratched off the filters. So I would recommend a very light coating of light mineral oil before fitting the filters on your camera - e.g. valve oil for instruments would work. On the other hand, my bargain basement Hoya filter fits the lens tube like a glove - no grinding of parts during installation.

Speaking of the build, the lens are metal, which exudes a certain degree of quality. They are labeled with white paint - no they aren't etched with information on magnification, and the paint is already wearing off (or was it already worn when I received it)? The paint was also smeared a little on one of filters. So quality control isn't the best, however it's no biggie. The filters are also made of glass, not plastic. I dropped one of the filters once from my chest, however it survived. I was changing the filters in a nature trail.

On usage - the filters really allow you to get closer to your subjects. With the +10 diopter, your lens can be almost touching the subject and you can still lock focus and take a sharp picture. Stacking the filters only allows you to get even closer and make the subject appear even bigger in the final photo. Make sure your camera's macro mode is enabled!

While I dwell on stacking the filters, there is a little bit of asymmetrical vignetting when I stack all 4 filters on my camera - the right hand corners are dark while all the other corners are just fine. Not a biggie, a little bit of cropping will have this problem easily rectified.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Adams on October 10, 2008
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While a far cry from a true macro lens, what can you expect for under $20. These filters tremendously boost the Nikon's 18-55 lens's macro capabilities.

The reason I only gave it 4 stars is beacuse the glass seems a bit splotchy. Perhaps a good cleaning would help. I'm also a bit disappointed in the "wallet" they came in. I was hoping for something a bit softer rather than nylon and nylon nets. But then again, what can you expect for the price?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Boss on June 26, 2009
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The Digital Concepts Close-Up Macro Set is certainly worth it's very reasonable price. The filters don't themselves magnify, but do allow lenses to achieve a reasonable level of focus at much shorter ranges than normal.

The +1 filter significantly cuts the minimum focal distance (perhaps by half?) while the +10 cuts it nearly nothing. As you move from +1 up through +10 the softness of the images does increase significantly. These filters will not replace a good macro lens, but they do give another option while shooting.

Not a perfect product, but these filters have certainly found a place in my camera bag.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By killthebananas on April 9, 2011
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I was a little skeptical about purchasing these filters because of some other reviews remarking on poor image quality and such. I am not having this problem. I think the problem is not with the filters but with the fact that you simply can't use f/1.8 and similarly low aperture settings. When you do use the lower f/ settings you do get soft images. The higher the magnification the larger the f/ has to be to get sharp images. You still get the nice DOF that you would using the lens at a lower f/ without the filter, so (IMO) you're not really sacrificing much in the way of image quality.

When I purchased them, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm sure this is only because I wasn't reading enough. But just in case I'm not the only one unclear about this, let me explain a little how these work. They don't turn your lens into a zoom lens. What I mean by this is that if you are standing in one spot with your bare lens and you can focus on something, when you apply the filter you will not get a closer focus while standing in that same spot. You physically have to get closer to the subject to get focus. The higher magnification you are using the closer you have to get. I would say that with the 10x filter you have to be somewhere around 4 inches or so away from the subject to obtain focus.

These filters are not going to be something you can use to get macro shots of insects and bees and such (unless your brave and want to get 4 inches away from a bee, which I'm not). You will, however, be able to get closer to your subject and still be able to lock focus. On a 50mm f/1.8 the min. focus distance is 18 inches. I love the 50mm lens but I do, from time to time, want to get just a touch closer than the lens allows. That is where these filters come in handy for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Anderson on September 21, 2009
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If you don't have a dedicated macro lens, or something like a 70-300mm lens with a macro mode, this is an awfully tempting deal. And for less then $10, it really is a good deal. The quality of the glass is more than adequate, and they do exactly what they are intended. The only problem I encountered was that my lens' autofocus would generally not work with the +10 macro filter. However, if setting up macro shots, you should have no problem manually focusing by hand. The case the filters was shipped in was also not of great quality, and could see it scratching the glass if they had not been individually wrapped in plastic beforehand. This is a non-issue for me, as I have dedicated filter wallets, but for someone who will be using this to carry these around, use caution.

PROS:
+ Good quality glass filters
+ Great deal for macro photography

CONS:
- It's still not as good as a macro lens
- Included filter wallet is sub-standard
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