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Canon77mm 500D Close-up Lens
 
4.6

(based on 124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (77)
  • Clear optics (65)
  • Strong construction (56)
  • Firm mount (47)
  • Reliable (24)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (46)
  • Image manipulation (15)
  • Travel (15)
  • Everyday (6)
  • Home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (45), Photo enthusiast (32), Professional (12), Semi-professional (12), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62)

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

Great option!!!

By Sportsgal

from Atlanta

Verified Buyer

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

Very helpful option when you don't want to carry macro equipment or don't have any. Typical high Canon quality!!

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5.0

Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens

By Photo teacher from the Litchfield Hills

from Litchfield, CT

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Traveling

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

    Very excited about this lens! I just bought a Canon 6D with EF 24-105 mm lens and it is great to have an inexpensive but useful option for closeup photography.
    Having just bought my first full-frame camera, I have to wait and save up for a "real" macro lens, but this is more than adequate in the meantime!

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    5.0

    Great tool

    By Keri

    from Alabama

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

    This lens has filled in for a macro lens nicely.

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    5.0

    Close-up Lens by Canon

    By Joseph

    from Fairfield, IA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Soft All Around Frame

    Best Uses

    • Flower Photography

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

    Great lens filter - and lots of fun
    photographing Spring flowers. B&H
    the best all around

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    • No

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Macro photography without a macro lens

    By Dutch

    from Michigan

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        This close-up lens is a great way to try your hand at macro photography without paying almost a thousand dollars for a dedicated macro lens. I use it with the 70-200mm f/4. It takes some getting used to. It's best to just abandon autofocus, pick your focal length, set the focus to minimum distance, and then move in or out physically until your subject comes into focus. (In other words, read the directions.) It's a very shallow depth of focus, as with most dedicated macro lenses, but for the right subject, it's fantastic.

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        5.0

        Macro on the cheap

        By Photocyclist

        from terlingua, tx

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

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

          Getting into Macro and didn't want to shell out the money for a dedicated Macro Lens. Put this baby on the front of my 100-400 and am amazed at the results. Love that I can be out birding, put this on my lens, and now I am doing Macro. Not as good as a dedicated Macro Lens but close.

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          4.0

          Swet

          By Flutelady

          from Texas

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Macro Photography

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

            Works great on my 100-400 lens. Learning close up photography is a challenge and this lens is terrific. It didn't add any significant weight to that already heavy lens.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great accessory

            By Always a student of photography

            from Missoula, MT

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good fit
            • Reliable
            • Sharp
            • Versitile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Macro Photography
              • Studio
              • Traveling

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

              Quality materials and machining. This fits well and allows me more options. Imagine shooting more intimate wildflower portraits with your 24-70mm lens. A great compliment to a true macro (1:1) lens too. It's pricey, but its a thick, heavy, and quality piece of glass.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a doll!

              By Canon to the rescue,radiates quality.

              from Smiling in the sun.

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

              I was so happy to try this.Very professional when it works with what you use as a tool.Yes it is sharp all over and aligns perfectly with my 77 mm threads.Have been enjoying the excellent working distance and clarity .With this on my telephoto, a lot of close up benefits are with camera support, Glad I,ve got step down rings so I can use with some other lens.The light weight to make my telephoto shots close up capable is the real capper.Came with a nice storage case worthy of my camera bag.Also the bonus over my teleconverters, no loss of light.On a really bright day even a extension on the lens works well too. Excellent buy.Enjoying my new found freedom.I should have bought this ages ago.

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              5.0

              As good as a macro lens

              By Alex from Oz

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Carry
              • Easy To Use
              • High-quality
              • Performs Brilliantly

              Cons

              • Can't Use The Lens Focus
              • Focus By Moving Camera
              • Needs The Right Zoom Lens

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              This brilliant close-up lens is perfectly designed to be an accessory to Canon's 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II lens. I have the occasional desire to shoot macro, but could not justify the cost of a dedicated quality macro lens. This close-up lens converts this exceptional zoom lens into a superb macro lens for a fraction of the cost. Yes, you first have to own the rather expensive zoom lens, and then it is a relatively small investment to convert it to a macro when required, by simply screwing on this close-up lens like a filter. This add on is not, however, a flimsy filter - it is a substantial piece of glass, made up of two achromatic elements, that delivers brilliant performance. Love it!

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              5.0

              Nice addition to my gear

              By Mike

              from Texas

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

              I bought this to replace a dedicated closeup lens that I found I rarely used and so far it hasn't disappointed. It's much heavier than I expected but still lighter and smaller than the 90mm lens. I have two lenses that this will work with, a 24-70 and 70-400. Very happy with this purchase.

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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

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Achromatic doublet 1.5x lens magnifier

                    By super10s

                    from Denver, Colorado

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      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 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great item and lots of fun

                      By The Voice

                      from Frederick, MD

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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                        (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Value for the money

                        By Clovis

                        from Brazil

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Perfect for Close ups

                          By Dan

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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