Ever wonder if you can get macro photography shots without an expensive macro lens? Check out this cool inexpensive way of getting professional-grade close up photos using the lenses you already have.
The PLR Optics Close Up Macro Filter Set is a fantastic way of getting macro shots using your own non-macro lens. This is a tutorial/review of the filters’ performance. Keep watching to see my view on whether or not they are worth the purchase.
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how's it going everybody Connor Moriarty here and thanks again for tuning in to yet another video today we got a pretty cool video for you we're talking about how to shoot macro photography without a macro language I know pretty exciting I can't wait to get into it I know I know guys I know you all are probably saying right now what the hell Conor how the heck am I going to take macro photography if I don't have a macro lens well I'm here to show you how I have an 85 millimeter 1.8 prime lens focus distance on this thing is a mile away but I'm going to get some pretty good macro shots with this today now this video it's going to be like a tutorial flash product review but by the end of the video you are going to be able to go out there and get macro photography shot without a macro lens without a crazy expensive macro lens so without any further ado let me introduce you to these guys what these are are the PL r optics 58 millimeter close-up macro filter set that's right guys you read that correctly literally for under $15 you can take a few of these things screw them on to the end of your lens and you can take macro photography I'm not kidding around with you let's check it out alright so what this product is is basically you get it in the mail when you order it from Polaroid wants at least what this bag is you get it in this cool little pouch you undo the pouch and inside you have four slots with four different filter looking pieces of glass now when you order these you can order them with different diameters different thread sizes so basically that means I have an 85 millimeter lens that I wanted to use these with so I ordered the 58 millimeter diameter filters but if you have a larger lens a smaller lens there are a bunch of different options that you can order for these that have different diameters to fit any lenses like I said it comes with four different I don't even know what to call them filters pieces like glass lenses whatever they are there are four of them and each of them have different zoom in length so one is a plus one zoom one is a plus two there's a plus four and there's a plus 10 zoom and seriously very simple as they look let me show you if I take one out of the pouch right now this is the plus one magnification my 85 millimeter lens here take my lens cap off and you just line up the threads of the lenses with a thread on the piece of glass give it a little bit of a clue and just like that it's on the end of your lens ready to take shot but to get a little bit better idea of what this looks like let's head in the camera take some test shots to see how it looked so with my 5d Mark 3 here up on the tripod the first thing that I did was I took this ring right here and I put it in front of a really strong constant light just to give it some nice strong light to make sure I had even like to take a great shot I even gave it a bit of a bounce back into the other side to make sure it was filled in a little bit more and the first thing that I wanted to do was take a test shot with my 24 270 2.8 lens the reason I wanted to take a test shot with that if it goes out of all the lenses I have that has the closest focus distance with that lens I can get closer than I can with any other lens that I have right now other than a macro lens obviously so here you can see what a shot with that lens looks like so pretty far away not that close of a shot definitely not macro so to make it even worse I then through my 85 millimeter 1.8 lens onto the camera that has a horrible focus distance you have to be so far away to get any sort of decent shot so honestly I think that's a worse shot less of a macro shot than what we had with the 24 to 70 but just to show you guys how cool these little lenses are I wanted to show you what it looked like before I put any of them on so the first thing I did was put the +1 magnification filter onto my line and holy crap I could already see the difference it was night day I mean just putting the piece of glass over my lens I was able to get so much closer to the ring and get such a better shot it was definitely looking closer to macro photography for sure you're getting so much closer the one thing I did notice though which makes a ton of sense is that when you put these filters on top of your lens my camera wasn't really able to read the scene right very well like meters of scene I mean the light meter wasn't looking too well I also noticed that it dropped the light in the shop the f-stop it dropped it by a couple of stops actually I think one or two so I just had to either drop my shutter speed through out my aperture whatever it was to compensate for the light those being lost going through the filter alright so naturally I took the plus two magnification lens through that on and as you could imagine I got that much closer to the range it already starts looking so much better I'm getting super close to the screen right now the ring looks sharp it's in focus it's clear it looks great it honestly looks like I have a macro lens on my camera and I'm using it to take this shot it's still not as close as I could be with a really good macro lens but we still have a couple more filters to throw onto my lens and let's see how those so these little lenses they're actually advertised as being able to stack one on top of the other so you can take the plus one magnification lens put it on top of the plus two magnification lens and get a plus three magnification that essentially makes it so that you can get any combination of magnification you know this set only comes with a one two four and ten but you add the one in the 2 you get three you add the two and the four you get a six you guys know what I'm saying so it's really cool so let's see how that look right now I'm going to take the plus one magnification lens put it on top of the plus two let's see how it looks the first thing I'm noticing is I'm definitely having to stop down when I put more of these lenses on that makes sense but it's still kind of unfortunate I have to lower my shutter speed a lot or lower my aperture if I can because stacking these lenses on the end of my lens is stopping more and more light from getting into the center of the camera and as you can see in this photo it's giving some weird distortion to the overall shot I mean I totally understand why it would be doing that you're putting two more pieces of glass magnification glass on top of your lens it's going to screw up the shot a little bit it's kind of unfortunate but that is what happens when you stack these so I personally found that if you try to stack these filters on top of each other you're going to get the shot it's going to look kind of blurry though there's going to be out of focus spots lured spots it's going to look kind of distorted and it's overall not going to be that high quality of an image so what I did was I unstack these and when I unstacked them I then put a plus four magnification on and oh my gosh I was totally blown away by this I was able to get within a few inches of the rain I mean my lens the end of my land was within a few inches of the rain that I was photographing I've never been able to get that close to the subject with this ones before previously it would have had to be three feet away now just a few inches away just because of a piece of glass that I'm putting on the end of my lens absolutely amazing like any macro photography when you're shooting at a low a secured and you are so close to your subjects the depth of field is tiny like millimeters tiny so it was having trouble finding focus you got to make sure you put your camera on a tripod that's just a given but when I found my focus it was pretty quick I liked it I do not think it was as crisp as what a macro lens would give you but given that I paid less than 15 bucks for all of these little filter things I'm pretty happy with that I think it looks pretty cool so last but not least I took off the +4 magnification and put on the +10 so theoretically this is going to be more than double of what the last shot was screwed on my lens got my tripod a little closer to my subject oh my god I was so close to this way the ring was so big in my sensor I couldn't even fit the whole ring in the shot that's how close tough I was but something you can clearly notice in this shot is it is totally distorted guys I wasn't missing the focus there wasn't anything wrong with what I was doing that is a perfectly sharp in focus properly exposed shots that you're seeing unfortunately that means that this +10 magnification filter it really distorts the shot you can see when you really zoom in on this and this filter that it is kind of bowed it's curved it seriously magnifies the shot so it's going to distort your image a lot when you put it on the end of a prime lens that's not made for this kind of stuff it's really going to screw around with it so while it was pretty cool to get that close to a subject matter with this 85 millimeter lens it was kind of a bummer that there's no way to get a real sharp shot I think if you're kind of going to that artsy sort of look of having the blurred edges and corners kind of distorted you can kind of make out what the subject is if that's what you're going for great you're going to be happy with this you're going to get some really cool shots but if you're going for some high quality macro photography it's just not going to so the final thing that I did that I'm not even going to show you guys because it was such a failure was I stacked all four filters on top of each other guys you couldn't even make out what the subject was that I was photographing it didn't look like a ring anymore it looked so bad the amount of stocks that I had to stop down with my shutter speed and aperture just to let enough light in was ridiculous enough as is but that light had to reflect and refract through all those different layers of glass it's like what has four layers of glass before it even enters the lens yeah the light got so screwed up it got so bounced all over the place it just got so distorted by the time it hit the sensor it was all screwed up it just didn't look like a like a cohesive shot whatsoever so while it's cool in theory that you can stack these and get closer and closer to your subject it just doesn't work and I honestly think that they should not advertise their product that way because unless you just want a blurry shot of colors it doesn't work so you asked Connor what is your personal opinion on this little filter thing lens thing whatever you want to call them well for less than 15 bucks I'm going to tell you yeah go ahead and get them I think 15 bucks is totally affordable for anyone especially if you're a photographer and you're used to paying $400 for a lens or $2,500 for a camera you can buy $15 worth of little tiny pieces of glass I am one hundred and fifty percent going to tell you to save up for a macro lens one day because there's a reason you're paying so much for one of them they work they get the job done they look amazing you're never going to get the kind of quality that you get on those with something like this on a prime lens that's not made for that but go ahead and buy these things try them out have some fun with them I personally is like putting a plus for magnification filter on the most I think I get the best result I think I get the closest possible without losing any quality of the photo and it just gives me some cool macro shots that I'm really happy with so if you guys go out and buy some of these things let me know what you think show me some of the shots that you took with them give me your opinion on whether or not you think it's worth it tell me how you think it compares to a macro lens I think I know your answer to that but I love the area anyways that was a quick little tutorial on how to use these but also sort of a review what my opinion is on them I hope you guys 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