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An Intro to Macro Filters

I have received a lot of notes recently, asking about macro filters. So here you go, the myth revealed :D
I use them for ALL my macro shots, and if you ask me - I'm more than happy with the outcome.

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Rietepiet1's avatar
I's amazing!...thank you for this guide.
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KrisVlad's avatar
Thank you very much for this guide. This is an excellent alternative. I really don't feel like shelling out $500 for the 60mm 2.8 macro.
Jules1983's avatar
My pleasure! :) It's funny, I was a student with little to no money when I wrote this. I could easily afford a macro lens now, but I just don't see the point anymore, too used to macro filters ;)
KrisVlad's avatar
I'm in the same boat as you. Technically, I could get the professional 105mm f2.8, but I've come to appreciate my earned savings much more. I'd rather watch it grow and continue creating with minimum spending.

I'm definitely buying some macro filters haha. Do you have a recommendation for a specific brand? I also shoot with the Nikon D7100.
Jules, I would like to  use one of your photos on my website. Please advise.
LonelySorceress's avatar
I'm assuming that most people use them in conjunction with a macro lens, but I was wondering, what would happen if you put a macro filter onto, say, a 40-150mm lens?
samuelreis's avatar
tested and approved!
thanks =]
Jules1983's avatar
Awesome, great to hear it! :)
dbstrtz's avatar
Thank you very much for this intro. It is very useful. :+fav:
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rontz's avatar
Question here:D
Why are you calling them filters?:D Those are lenses if I'm not totally wrong:)

But you convinced me to buy a set of close up filters/lenses :) Not that happy with the outcome of the reverse lens-technique.
Jules1983's avatar
Hmm good question! I think both terms are equally right; I chose to use "filters" as they remind me more of filters such as the pol filter rather than of actual lenses ;)
WorldWar-Tori's avatar
I was just thinking about filters vs a new lens right now. Thank you!!! :D
Zebraa's avatar
Thanks for the info ! :aww:
Ice-11's avatar
These are totally what I use on my camera.
DanielAPierce's avatar
Hey I do arrowheads, and it's hard to capture the very very fine details of the flaking pattern. If you have time please take a look at what i mean.

If you have any suggestions as to how i can make it turn far more detailed please let me know. The camera I'm working with is a Canon Rebel XS or Canon EOS 1000d, different names. With a 18-55mm lens i believe.

Hear from you soon,

D. Pierce
ruksi86's avatar
THank youuu for making this! I was just trying to research macro filters myself :D Do you usually buy yours at
Jules1983's avatar
That's where I bought my set, yes :nod:
gerrish's avatar
So the set I got only seems to fit on my 55 - 250 lens but they don't fit on my 18 - 55 lens, even though they are both 58mm's. What would be the right macro filters for my 18 - 55 lens, if I wanted to get a set for it?
Jules1983's avatar
Now this is really odd, if they both have a diameter of 58mm the filters should work for both. :?
gerrish's avatar
They don't, I don't understand why. :( The Macro filters I have are "Zeikos".
Jules1983's avatar
Are they too big or too small for the other lens or what is the problem?
gerrish's avatar
It seems they are a bit too big.
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