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Canon77mm 500D Close-up Lens
 
4.5

(based on 113 reviews)

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    (45)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (71)
  • Clear optics (65)
  • Strong construction (56)
  • Firm mount (47)
  • Lightweight (21)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (40)
  • Image manipulation (15)
  • Travel (12)
  • Everyday (5)
  • Artwork (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (43), Photo enthusiast (32), Professional (10), Semi-professional (9), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Value for the money

Cheap and easy to use acessory. Useful to get macro-like pics out of your existing glass. Does not change your lens to macro but it helps you to get different perspectives without a real...Read complete review

Cheap and easy to use acessory. Useful to get macro-like pics out of your existing glass. Does not change your lens to macro but it helps you to get different perspectives without a real macro lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A LITTLE too hard to use

I think I'll use my macro lens. Sure, this is handy to carry around when space is limited - one walkaround lens + this Close-up lens. But it's a real pain to focus...Read complete review

I think I'll use my macro lens. Sure, this is handy to carry around when space is limited - one walkaround lens + this Close-up lens. But it's a real pain to focus and screwing it off and on is no harder than screwing on my L-series macro lens. I'll keep it, but prob won't use it a lot except in dire circumstances.

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5.0

Really nice!

By Ron

from Trussville, Alabama

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

    Used this lens "officially" the first time recently while doing a wedding to photograph the rings. Matched with my 70-200 f2.8, I got some beautifully detailed, sharp images. Impressive build quality on this piece of glass, a great addition to my camera bag!

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    5.0

    Works Great!

    By Cisco Kid

    from Philly suburbs

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality build

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

      I use this on Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 on D7000, and with B&W 72-77mm Step-Up Ring on Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 (also on D7000), works exactly as advertised. I could get closer (i.e., greater magnification) with a macro lens or extension tubes, but hey, I'm not trying to take head-shots of a tsetse fly, this 500D is plenty good enough to get better close-ups of flowers and other small subjects. Very solid construction, quality materials, very glad I bought it, definitely recommend.

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      4.0

      Excellent closeup of Wedding Ring photos

      By Adrian the Artist

      from Toronto

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

        This filter I used on 24-70mm for Nikon and got in much closer to ring photos and very pleased with extra detail in ring shots showing cut diamond features etc. at brides home.
        I also tried this filter with step up ring adaptor on 85mm prime lens somewhere else.
        Did a great job on closeups of eyes in tests. I am pleased with results, of not having to bring along another lens in my bag already full of several lenses, as I have the 60mm macro as well. I am however keeping my 60 macro for now as I can get in even much closer at 1:1, and great for other purposes, and the true macro has more edge to edge sharpness. The 77mm 500D did a fine job regardless, and keeps my bag lighter when I want less to bring, so I am keeping both for now.

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        5.0

        Achromatic doublet 1.5x lens magnifier

        By super10s

        from Denver, Colorado

        About Me Semi-Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

          This is a very well built achromatic doublet 1.5x magnifier that screws onto the end of your lens. A lens doublet is superior to a single element because two layers of glass can be used that have indexes of refraction that complement each other to help zero out chromatic distortion. It will allow you to reduce the distance from the lens to the subject for a larger object size at the sensor plane. Your camera's autofocus capabilities and exposure control will be constrained but will work. This magnifier will sacrifice your ability to focus out to infinity. A good rule of thumb is that overall lens sharpness will be roughly halved. How this affects your image sharpness will depend on how much better your lens is than your sensor to begin with. For example, if your lens is capable of 48 mpx (outstanding pro quality) and your sensor is only capable of 24 mpx then you may notice no loss in image sharpness using this magnifier. But if you have a cheaper lens that is only capable of 12-17 mpx (most consumer zooms) you will really notice the loss in image quality.Light is lost from the 1.5x magnification factor (0.67x light) and also from the necessary "stopping-down" that is needed to expand the extremely narrow depth of field. Your shutter-speed will drop and/or your auto-ISO will be pushed higher (grainier) so use a tripod for best results. This will work on any lens that will accept the same filter thread size from wide-angle to telephoto. When considering how much image magnification you will get, most often I hear that longer FL lenses are best. This is generally true, but some shorter FL lenses have a much closer minimum focus distance. Remember that overall magnification is a result of both minimum focus distance and FL. To make it easier to understand, simply multiply the maximum subject magnification of your original lens x 1.5. For example, my 24-70mm f2.8 Nikkor will produce an object image that is almost as large as I can get from my 70-200mm f2.8. Everything else being equal though, a longer FL lens will provide a longer working distance from the object to the lens which can make using it much, much easier.5 stars because it functions as well as can be expected considering the limits of what this type of optical add-on design can offer, not because it will substitute for a true macro lens. A true macro lens will be plenty sharp enough for display or printing at 1:1 (sensor pixels to display pixel ratio), will actually magnify to 1:1 (object size to image size),have no geometric distortion, provide higher light levels to the sensor, and will focus out to infinity. If you are considering this product you should also compare prices to a used macro lens, even one with manual focus because you will usually turn off autofocus anyway.

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          3.0

          A LITTLE too hard to use

          By gracie

          from Niceville, FL

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Functional
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Don't Have To Change Lens
          • Macro Photography
          • Save Travel Space

          Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

          I think I'll use my macro lens. Sure, this is handy to carry around when space is limited - one walkaround lens + this Close-up lens. But it's a real pain to focus and screwing it off and on is no harder than screwing on my L-series macro lens. I'll keep it, but prob won't use it a lot except in dire circumstances.

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          4.0

          Good closeup alternative

          By Terri

          from Independence, VA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Depth Of Field Reduction

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Studio

          Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

          This lens is a good alternative to an expensive macro lens. I might have to borrow it from work for the weekend just to play.

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          5.0

          Great item and lots of fun

          By The Voice

          from Frederick, MD

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

            It was recommended in Scott Kelby's book on Digital photography to buy this item instead of a close-up lens. I was skeptical, but my budget was tight. What a pleasant surprise! I use this with my Canon F2.8 70 - 200 Zoom and have already taken some amazing shots of flowers and insects with exceptional detail. It's not much bigger than a filter, so it's easy to keep in my camera bag so that I always have it with me. This was a great purchase and quite reasonable for the quality of my results!

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            5.0

            Value for the money

            By Clovis

            from Brazil

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

              Cheap and easy to use acessory. Useful to get macro-like pics out of your existing glass. Does not change your lens to macro but it helps you to get different perspectives without a real macro lens.

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              5.0

              Perfect for Close ups

              By Dan

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Semi-Professional

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                I have all Nikon gear and the 500D Close-up by Canon is an inexpensive tool to turn your long lens into a close-up lense saving you big bucks on a macro lense.

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                4.0

                Excellent Occasional Alternative

                By stbdtack

                from Annapolis

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                  Great option for those of us who only occasionally need closeup capability. High quality, easy carry, quick conversion.

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                  5.0

                  Great addition at a reasonable cost

                  By Bruce B

                  from Hale, MI

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                    I've been using this on my 24-70mm 2.8L Canon Lens, I have gotten some great shots with great bokeh. This is a great addition for close up shots.

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                    5.0

                    Close ups in your pocket!

                    By James Doyle Photography

                    from Brisbane Australia

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Close Ups Up To Life Size
                      • Nature photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                      I have always been a supporter of the two element diopter, mounted on a 70-200mm zoom lens, over using a macro lens for general closeup work. The quality of the Canon 500D, didn't disappoint.Diopters are easily carried in your pocket when travelling and enable you to do close ups when used on a high quality zoom with little effort.

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                      4.0

                      It works

                      By Bill

                      from rochester MN

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                        I have just used the 500d close up lens a few times with my 70 to 200 and works very good, my 105 macro is better but this gives me more options with the 70 to 200.

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                        4.0

                        77mm close up filter to 72mm ringlight

                        By etj

                        from missouri

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                          the 180 macro is 72 mm. I used a step up to 77mm. attached the77mm closeup filter then used a step down to go back down to 72mm and then attached the ringlight. Worked great with no loss of image.

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                          5.0

                          Light & inexpensive macro-like option

                          By David

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Convenient To Carry
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent optics
                          • Inexpensive Macro Option
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality construction
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Not True Macro

                          Best Uses

                          • Close-up photography
                          • Everyday use
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                          This is a much better choice than any single-element so-called "close-up filters" out there. The Canon 500D, +2 diopters, with fine optics, can be added to any long focal length lens to give almost macro size images conveniently without carrying the extra weight of macro lenses or without investing in the significant extra expense of macro lenses. I keep it my camera bag all the time (along with extension tubes) so that if I see a potential closeup subject but I am travelling light without my macro lenses, I am still able to capture the opportunity. Two-element construction maintains edge-to-edge sharpness and significantly reduces chromatic aberration.

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                          5.0

                          Canon Close Up Lens

                          By Argus

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Image Quality
                          • Macro Performance
                          • Solid Build Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                            I use this product together with my 70-200mm f/4 telephoto zoom. What is really nice about this product is that it increases the magnification of my lens when I zoom in which helps my compositions. It feels heavy and solid. Image quality is excellent. For my lens I use a 67mm-77mm step up ring onto which I screw this close up lens.

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                            5.0

                            Great close-up lens, no regrets.

                            By Dannart

                            from LA, CA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Portability
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Not Found Yet

                            Best Uses

                            • Casual Macro
                            • Home
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                            I have no regrets on purchasing this lens.  It does a great job with my Canon 70-200mm telephoto and even my Tokina 11-16mm.   It's not difficult to use and the quality of  pics are above average.    Don't compare this close-up with a macro lens..   If you are into macro photography keep saving and get macro lens. The best used is in casual situations in need of a close-up when using specially the telephoto. This lens could easily come out of your pocket and in most cases won't let you down, unless your subject is a flea.   No reason to address the macro limitations because is simple not a macro lens.   

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                            5.0

                            lightweight macro alternative

                            By Nikonfan

                            from Maryland

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                              I use this Close up lens on my 70-200mm. It is amazing how close you can get and how sharp the pictures are (from a tripod, of course!). For me, this is a real alternative for carrying a dedicated macro lens around.

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                              5.0

                              500D a Must for Macro Photographers

                              By Cakoo

                              from Alexandria VA

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                                This accessory is a must for serious macro photographers! you can get the magnification and closeness to open up a new area of macro. The quality is great!

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                                5.0

                                Excellent solution for first time macro

                                By BarnacleBill5

                                from Vancouver, Canada

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens:

                                  I use this lens/filter on my 70-200 f2.8 IS II and I am very pleased with the results. Much better than the single element filters. Opens up a whole new world of opportunities in close up photography. If I continue to enjoy this type of photography then I expect a proper macro lens is in the offing.

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