Hoya Close-up Lens Kit HMC

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Mount Screw-in fil­ter type Aut­o­fo­cus Lens-de­pen­dent TT L me­ter­ing Yes In­fin­ity fo­cus No Ima ge sta­bi­lizer Lens-de­pen­dent Op­ti­cal el­e­ments 1 Di­am­e­ter 46-77mm Length 5mm (ap­prox) Web­site www.hoy­afil­ter.com Price: £70/$70 Of­ten re­ferred to as close-up ‘fil­ters’, be­cause they screw into the front of a lens, these sup­ple­men­tal lenses act as mag­ni­fy­ing glasses. This kit com­prises three lenses with dif­fer­ent mag­ni­fy­ing strengths of +1, +2 and +4 diop­tres, plus a soft car­ry­ing pouch. Un­like cheaper al­ter­na­tives, these Hoya fil­ters are of good qual­ity with metal frames. They’re avail­able in a range of at­tach­ment thread sizes, from 46mm to 77mm, and each has a thread at the front and rear, enabling you to stack the lenses for a greater mag­ni­fy­ing ef­fect. An ad­van­tage of this kit is that you don’t have to swap the lens you’re us­ing on the cam­era. Even so, it can be a lit­tle fid­dly and time-con­sum­ing to screw a close-up lens into the fil­ter thread, more so if you’re us­ing two or three to max­i­mize mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. Size op­tions en­able you to use these with any lens that has a fil­ter thread up to 77mm. You’d need to buy the size that cor­re­sponds with your largest lens’s fil­ter thread, plus step-up rings for any other lenses. Only short-range fo­cus­ing is pos­si­ble. Even with all three +1, +2 and +4 diop­tre lenses fit­ted to a standard lens, you’re un­likely to get full 1.0x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. Im­age qual­ity can be pretty good, but won’t be as im­pres­sive as from the Nikon macro lens in terms of sharp­ness, dis­tor­tion and colour fring­ing.

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