Macro Lenses

Macro lenses are tailor-made for photographers’ convenience and to produce high quality images of close-up shots.

No doubt, it is difficult to find a photography tool or gear that can complement your photography to produce the results like those of the macro lenses.

Macro lenses are available in a variety of focal lengths; from 50mm to 200mm.

Are You On A Tight Budget?

Macro lenses however, are pretty expensive photography equipments. For those who are in a tight budget, or probably cannot afford to buy a macro lens, but wish to take good close-up shots – great news for you! Fortunately, there are other options we can consider utilizing to capture subjects close-up!

In this blog post, I will share one of the alternatives photographers can use when unable to grasp hold of a macro lens – and that is to utilize filters.

Close-up Filters

For your information, close-up filters are also known as supplementary close-up rings. These filters are screwed onto the front of your camera’s lens.

A filter maximizes the focusing distance of your camera’s lens to increase the capability to conduct close-up shots of your subject.

The Various Sizes of Close-up Filters

These close-up filters’ diameters vary to complement the different filter threads. Whenever you decide to purchase a close-up filter, make sure that the filter’s size fits the filter head. The average sizes are 49mm, 52mm, 58mm and 67mm.

Strengths of Close-up Filters

The common strengths of close-up filters are +1, +2, +3, +4 and some +10! Remember that a higher number indicates greater magnification.

Filters are available in sets and individually. Filters in sets normally include the +1, +2, and +4 filter strengths. When you shop for filters, you will notice that the larger the size of the diameters, the more expensive it gets.

The Advantages

Close-up filters will not affect the DSLR functions. Also, there will not be light restrictions. This makes utilizing the close-up filter extremely convenient.

The Disadvantages

The downside however to utilizing a close-up filter is that they are prone to chromatic and spherical defects – aberration.  Despite that, the quality of the image produced will not be able to beat the high quality images produced with a macro lens.


Nevertheless, close-up filters have the potential to bring out great results. It is enough for photographers who want to take great close-up images of textures in detail, nature, or even still-life.

As a conclusion, the close-up filters are great for DSLR photographers attempting to do close-up shots, but are tight on budget.