I’m not sure if magnification lenses would be considered “filters,” but I decided to name them that because that’s what most people consider what I purchased. The box says, “Hoya Close-Up Lens Set.”
I bought these to allow for additional magnification as well as being able to engage in some macro photography. These lenses let me get much closer to what I am taking a photo of, which in turn allows the picture to turn out much more detailed. It’s a nice money saving alternative to a macro lens, which costs hundreds. I picked these up for just under $60.
The three lenses I purchased magnify +1, +2 and +4. They screw right on the end of my Canon 18-135mm kit lens. I can also stack these lenses on top of one another for even more magnification, which is what I did in the photos below.
There are a few words of caution I have for anyone who is interested in purchasing these up-close lenses for their camera. First, the auto-focus takes way too long. It hunts and hunts, so I just turned it off and used manual focus. Second, you are going to need a tripod because things are so close. You may be able to get away with hand held like I did below, but for good shots, you’ll need to used a tripod. Third, when taking up-close photos, choose fixed subjects. I was just playing around in the front yard today and there was a slight breeze. What a pain. And fourth, your depth of field is going to be extremely shallow, which is fine because the subject is usually tiny. Now, by shallow, I mean like a half inch shallow.
Anyway, here are some photos I quickly took right after stacking these lenses on top of my kit lens.