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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but most of the items would work better on a standard 50mm lens., September 23, 2011
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This review is from: Essential Lens Kit For The Canon SX30IS SX30 IS SX40HS SX40 HS Digital Camera Includes HD .43x Wide Angle Lens + 52MM Close Up Lens Kit Includes +1 +2 +4 +10 + 3pc High Res Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD) + Lens Hood + MicroFiber Cleaning Cloth (Electronics)
I had previously owned a Canon SX1 and bought an inexpensive adapter to use my 52mm filters, specifically my neutral density set; it worked well, so I thought I'd try this kit.
Delivery was typically fast and everything arrived in good shape. I was pleased with the wallet carrying cases for the filters and close-up lenses, and the wide angle lens in particular had some heft to it and came with its own case.

I attached the polarizing filter first; I know that attaching the UV filter first is recommended, but there is no need for a UV filter on a digital camera (they're insensitive to UV light) and I'd rather have the polarizing filter on because I take a lot of outdoor shots; and, of course, it's cheap protection for your main lens. It screwed in pretty easily and felt like a snug fit. Tested by rotating the circular ring- it works.

Not sure if I'll use the florescent filter; I believe adjusting the white balance in camera will achieve the same results.

The lens hood is hard plastic and screws on just like the filters. Once you screw it on with a couple of turns there is a knurled ring which is used to tighten it. Lens hoods are useful in blocking light from the side and preventing glare. Due to the SX-30's wide angle lens, vignetting occurs and you must zoom in a little to eliminate it. Note: from its widest setting of 24mm, the SX-30's lens actually retracts when you first start zooming in; early on, though (50mm?), it begins to travel out as you go through the zoom range.

As mentioned earlier I was initially impressed with the wide angle lens; its weight seemed to indicate quality, and it came with a nice, faux leather draw string bag and two lens caps. It attached to the SX-30 easily and I took some test shots. It does increase the wide angle ability of the camera but, again, vignetting occurs, and after zooming in to eliminate it, you've lost your wide angle edge and then some.

The close-up macro lenses work, but again, anytime you add something to the SX-30's lens, you're going to have to contend with vignetting in wide angle. The lenses are labeled +1, +2, +4 and +10. I have no idea what these numbers are supposed to represent, but they certainly don't represent the degree of magnification. Of course, the SX-30 has very nice built-in macro capabilities anyway; you can put your lens right on top of a ladybug and focus. The macro lenses in the kit would enable you to enlarge the ladybug somewhat; stacking them all together will show you the biggest difference (2X-3X).

The kit also includes two microfiber cleaning cloths...useful.

So, basically I'll probably use the polarizing filter, which allows me to use my 52mm ND filters, and the lens hood. The close-up macro lenses and wide angle lens are of questionable value when used with the Canon SX30. $40 seems like a lot for what I'm actually using out of the kit, but I didn't have to buy a new ND filter kit too.
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