Film film film, I love film. And almost as much as my love for film, I adore shooting with a select amount of lenses. Sure, it's nice to have options, but nothing makes me think harder, more creatively or on the fly rather than shooting an entire session on one lens. Gimme my 35mm and I'll rock that entire session. I enjoy it. However there is no denying the differences that certain lenses can provide and no getting around the need for some variations every once in a while. I am getting into shooting my Contax645, incorporating film into select weddings and sessions and while I LOVE love LOVE love LOVEEEEE the perspective of the 80mm 2.0 Zeis lens that is so adored paired with the Contax, it simply can't always get close enough. Glistening engagement rings just don't have the same glittery effect if not shot with a macro, and some luscious details need their own tight, stand-alone shot. I knew I needed to find a solution, but didn't want to give up the creamy amazingness that is my Zeis made glass. THANKFULLY I stumbled upon a golden nugget of information from Jonathan Canlas' book Film Is Not Dead that I was familiar with but had forgotten all about. Meet my new close-up lens filters.
Unable to afford a great macro lens when I first started my venture with photography, I invested in a series of close-up 'macro' filters. A series of extensions if you will that if added to your lens one at a time or in stacks give your camera a longer focal length and ability to shoot details closer. The Hoya 72mm close-up filters are the perfect new addition to my shiny contax and fit perfectly on top of my 80mm lens, and with a brand like Hoya, I know I'm not loosing any quality in my current Zeis lens.
These close-up filters are a lifesaver for my Contax and awesome sauce. A 72mm Hoya close-up filter fits perfectly on my 80mm lens and for around $80 can be purchased via Amazon. To figure out which size filter your lens takes just look at the side of the lens itself. Listed where all of the lens information is ( Canon 35mm 1.4) a few inches over it will say 72mm (or whatever). That is what size filter you need. You can also purchase adapters that will allow you to use larger filters on smaller width lenses. Remember to go with a quality brand because you don't want to cover an expensive, amazing lens up with a junky filter! That defeats the purpose entirely!
(Thank you making this a birthday present, Marshall! xo)