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Awesome, affordable addition
on April 9, 2011
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. Say you want to use the 50 for a close up shot of some water drops on a leaf or an eyeball or something. You can get that with these filters without having to crop your image and sacrifice some pixels.
I think what these filters do for you lens is pretty spiffy, especially for under twenty bucks. They probably won't suit everyone's purposes but for under twenty bucks they're a fun novelty filter to own, if nothing else. I have a feeling tho that I will be putting these to use quite often.
As far as the lens case goes, I have no complaints. It folds up nice and neat and fits easily into your camera bag.
All in all, I'm very happy that I bought them.
**One final note...I placed my order through Big Mikes Electronics (I didn't notice this until just now) but the item advertised is Sakar, the item I received is Zeikos. Doesn't make a difference to me, but it might to you. Also, the filter case in the picture appears more like a rectangular wallet shape. The case I received with the Zeikos filters folds up into a square.