Canon 500D close up lens vs cheap generic close up filters

Photoshot using a Nikon D800 camera body and Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII lens.

As promised I have done a comparision of the Canon 500D +2 close up lens and a set of really cheap generic close up filters (got 4 of them at a 1/10th the price of the Canon lens)..

The superior sharpness of the more expensive lens is apparent in all situations. Also notice the fringes. Click for larger images. If requested I will put up raw versions.

f2.8

Canon f2.8

Generic f2.8

f2.8_Detail

f4.0

f4 Canon

f4 Generic

f4_detail

f8

f8 Canon

f8 Generic

f8_Detail

Also for reference I include shots taken with the generic +4 and +10 filters (the latter being unusable IMO)

Reference Generic +4 f8

Reference Generic +10 f8

Going from Nikon to Canon

This is 1337 post on my blog :)

Today I got hold of the elusive Canon 500D Close up filter – and may I say it was a bitch to find; I love the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 but sometimes I wish I could get closer to the subject – I do have other lenses but as for now the excellent tele zoom is my glass of choice. Besides the Canon I also bought a set of really cheap close up filters (the canon was 10x more expensive), this was because I wanted to see the difference. I will try to do a comparision tomorrow but as for now I can say that the 500D seems very promising.

It’s a quite a big leap going from a closest focal distance of nearly 1,5 meters to 0,5 meter.

Here are two test shots;

1/160 f4

Canon 500D close up lens on Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII

Canon 500D close up lens on Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII

1/200 f2.8

Canon 500D close up lens on Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII

Canon 500D close up lens on Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VRII