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Don't listen to the negative reviews
on January 7, 2014
All the people trying to say that these lenses are horrible are the same people who turn up their noses at a tripod because it's not made from titanium. If you had a wide angel or telephoto lens and something happened to it, no, this won't give you the same quality photos as your $2000 lens. If you just want to take better photos with the 1 lens you have, here's what you need to know:
Telephoto lens - I took shots with it attached to my 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses. From 18-35mm there is darkness in the corners. From 18-45mm there's noticeable bowing toward the edges but past 45mm it's almost completely gone. From 100mm and up there is blurring around the outside of the image, so don't think you can turn your 300mm lens into a 600mm. That said, as long as you keep things in the 45-100mm range, eveything looks great. Not great enough to blow up on a poster or submit to Nat Geo, but odds are you don't have a camera good enough for that anyway.
Wide angle lens - Again, used this on both lenses. At 18mm, there is some darkening at the corners, but by 20mm it's gone. Everything stays clear up to 55mm. Anything over this and the edges of the image start blurring, so you won't be able to get a wide zoomed in shot of your 20 cousins from the other side of a football field. That said, from 20-55mm the images are equally as good as the telephoto attachment.
Macro Lens - Tested on both lenses. From 18-30mm there is extreme bowing. At 85mm and up there is a strong haze surrounding whatever you've focused on. Between those ranges though, everything is clear. You can get some pretty close up shots with this thing. It's roughly 10x and works with the +1 2 & 3 Vivitar macro attachments, however the +10 doesn't work because the glass touches before they are screwed tightly together.
Bottom Line - These were clearly designed to word with the 18-55mm lenses that basic Nikon DSLRs come with, and they work great. For less then $30 you can't beat what you get.