Cheap macro lens for Lumix G3?

Started Oct 11, 2012 | Questions thread
Vlad S
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Macro lenses vs. close up filters and adpaters
In reply to andrethaiss, Oct 11, 2012

You might keep in mind that close up filters, extension rings and reversing rings will limit the focusing distance to a very small range. A macro lens will focus anywhere from the macro distance to infinity. Depending on your interest that may give you a lot more compositional freedom.

Another point that I did not see mentioned is the working distance. The longer FL is, the more distance you can have. This may be important for photographing skittish insects, and for avoiding casting a shadow on your scene.

Overall, I would say that if you need to be at a larger distance, or shoot butterflies and dragonflies, a longer macro lens will be more convenient than a close-up filter. If you can stick you camera right into the scene then a close-up filter or extension rings will be fine.

Definitely there is no need to worry about blurring the background: you will be struggling to get enough DOF to keep your subject sharp, and you will find yourself shooting with small apertures all the time.

Here's one for the Halloween season:

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