Friday, 14 December 2012

Review - Polaroid close up kit


This is the 4 piece macro close up kit from Polaroid, excellent for when you need to get that touch closer but dont want the cost of a dedicated macro lens.
Cost: £12.99
Available from: most good photography stores

Overview

Upon first inspection all looks good, The filters are wrapped up nice and neatly inside a canvas bag measuring approx 6" x 4". Secured with a pretty tough and durable feeling velcro, the case opens out to reveal the four close up filters.


After opening the case you are greeted with a pleasing sight, a nicely laid out set of filters. Not shown in the next photo, the filters come individually wrapped in little cellophane sleeves for protection.
 Each of the filters is held within a slightly elasticated mesh fabric to keep them securely in place. I instantly thought though, 'what filter is what filter'? i wished that they had tagged each compartment with the respective filter magnification.




here are the four filters removed from their sleeves. The kit comprises of the following filter types
X1, X2, X4, X10
These are all indicators of the amount of magnification that the filter will give. What i did like, and did not realize that it was possible for the filters to be stacked to increase the magnification amount. The maximum magnification amount with all lenses stacked is X17, although this is some serious magnification. you do tend to loose sharpness after about X14

Sample images

The following images of "Marcus" show the levels of magnification from each of the filters as a stand alone, and then stacked.

Camera settings for the shots

Mode: Manual
Focal Length: 55mm
Shutter speed: 1 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shooting RAW
WB: Auto 









X1
















X2













X4







X10



Stacking the Filters can get some pretty impressive results.







X11





X12





X14

Conclusion

There were some pretty impressive results from these close up filters, to be honest i was not expecting much for the price tag. But they did prove me wrong. They are by no means a replacement for a dedicated macro lens, but if you want to try out macro photography for the first time and get some great results then these are just the ticket. 
 The mesh sleeves in the pouch do look like they could scratch the filter glass, they could not but its just cautionary.

Overall Rating: 7/10


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