Choosing a Closeup Lens

Digital compacts typically have a minimum focusing distance of 30cm which can be reduced to about 5 cm in Macro mode. However, not all subjects will let you get that close, which is where the close-up lens becomes invaluable.

Close-up lenses are also available in bayonet or filter thread fittings and can be stacked for greater magnification. Approach the subject from a distance with the optical zoom at its telephoto end and move in slowly until the camera finds focus. With enough patience and practice the results can be very rewarding. Popular close-up lenses include the Inon UCL165 AD (Fig. 2.13), Sea & Sea 125 (Fig. 2.14) and Epoque DML-2 (Fig. 2.15).

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