Macro Filters | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

A few years ago, when I was shooting Canon, I rented a 100 f2.8 macro lens to take on a vacation to Palm Springs, CA.  To say that it was hard sending that lens back is an understatement.  Not only does it shoot beautiful macro images, but, it is also a pretty darn good portrait lens.  I couldn’t see spending the money at the time on the lens and now that I’ve switched to Nikon, I have a few other pieces of gear on my wishlist, so the Nikon version will remain at #3 for a while!

Recently, I read about a fun, inexpensive little gadget that I just had to try out.  Its called a macro filter.  It is a collection of pieces with different curvatures that act like a macro lens that attaches to a regular lens: ALL FOR LESS THAN $16!!!  A savings of about $1000 over a real macro lens.  You can find the exact set that I bought HERE.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it in NO WAY replaces the beautiful macro lens that I drool over, but, my macro filters sure have produced some lovely images for me.  Here are a few samples.

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And, just for fun!

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So the next time you want to get creative with your photography and don’t have a lot of money to spend, try some macro filters!!

 

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  • Misty Dawn - Macro photography (especially of dew drops) is my favorite form of photography… and I don’t own a macro lens 🙂 Can’t afford a macro lens. So, I use my Sony 18-250 with Hoya Macro Filters. I love the versatility of being able to unscrew the filter if I see something I want to photograph that isn’t macro… that’s one of the benefits of a filter over a lens, in my opinion.

    Great photos in this post!!!ReplyCancel

  • 9 Tips for Using Macro Filters - Click it Up a Notch - […] some more stunning examples of how you can rock macro filters, please check out my talented friend, Heidi Howard of Maehill Studio. She’s got some great eye candy for […]ReplyCancel

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