last week a posted an article about a cheap lens adapter that generates in combination of your kit lens very decent wide angle shots (Ultrawide Shots with low Budget).
One part of the lens can be used as a macro adapter for your lens. With this you can get way much closer to your subject. It doesn’t make a real macro lens, but when you have the right lens it generates again very decent shots.
Here are again my pro and cons based on my usage experience. I hope it is helpful for you. This time it is not so positive like for the wide angle adapter, but I still see it as useful.
– It is very affordable in comparison to a macro lens
– It is very light and you can easily carry around
– The shots are very decent (if you have the right lens)
– You can use auto-focus (limited) and metering of the camera (with an reverse adapter this is not possible).
– The depth of field is very narrow. It is sometimes very hard to find the right focus and you need to focus by manual or by moving the camera. This means also, when you use a prime lens you are very restricted in your composition, because you can not go closer or more away from the subject.
– The distortion in the corners can be pretty strong (depends on the lens)
– You need to be very narrow to the subject (sometimes that is not possible)
In sum, you can use it and generate decent shots, but it can be hard accomplish and is of course not the same quality as a 500$ macro lens. Here are my shots. I used it with a 50mm prime lens and a 2x tele converter (my zoom lens doesn’t generate very decent shots).
Crust of a Potato Chip
Brown Candice Sugar
Finally, the not so nice result of the tip of cigarette with my zoom lens