I was looking for a wide angle and a macro lens for my camera. Ok at this point the professional photographers should run away lest they start dry retching at my solution...
I bought my Nikon DSLR in Hong Kong at a nice little shop in Stanley St at a price about 1/3 less than the best I could get in Au... It came with an 18-105 zoom lens and I looked at buying a genuine auto wide angle and Macro lens and that was going to cost me around $500 so I came across this on eBay; http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/0-45X-Wide-Angle-Macro-Conversion-Lens-37-43-46-52-55-58-62-67-72-mm-/261393463017?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&var=&hash=item3cdc43b6e9
Ok I asked around a few mates with similar cameras if they had seen these 2 have them so I lashed out. Now there are 2 types on the market the plastic lightweight version with a plastic case and acrylic lenses and the all glass and metal one I bought. They screw onto the front of the camera where the filters normally go and they do work. I cant see any distortion in the pics I took. Unscrew the wide angle len on the front and you are left with the Macro which also works very well but I have to set my camera to manual as the autofocus gets confused with close up subjects. I'll be able to take wide angle shots of the Great Wall and then get Macro shots of the joints in the stone work with the macro.
Ok not as good as genuine Nikon Lenses but at the price certainly well worth the money.
Actually I can quite believe that. When you put an additional lens on the front of your existing lens, the existing lens is doing all the hard work, so the quality of the additional lens is less critical and also it is not being asked to do so much so the design of it is relatively easy too.
The standard way to get close ups with a standard camera and lens was to buy what was in effect a magnifying glass to mount on the front of the existing lens, this worked fine. This is just a modern version of the old trick.
Last edited on Thu Feb 5th, 2015 10:29 am by fallen
Well the upshot of this exercise has been that I had to buy a larger bag to carry all the photographic impedima with....I'm quite pleased with the results from the wide angle and the macro I also bought and IR remote for the camera AU$1, a flexible tripod $20, a CPL filter for the wide angle and a pinch grip "Nikon" cap for the wide angle just to look the part of the true "Gricer".
I have been reliably informed that there are no gaps in the masonry on the Great Wall so I need not bother trying to photograph the gaps....
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