The HS20 and Macro Lens – Filters

One of the things that my HS10 had was instant zoom, which could be used at two different settings/levels. Very handy for doing macro work or even long shots.
In the HS20 this was dropped, something that really annoyed me when I discovered that.
In the HS30 its been brought back, but renamed as intelligent zoom and appears to work in a very similar manner to the HS10’s instant zoom.

As most Fuji users know, these cameras are capable of some really nice macros. You can of course get the Raynox DCR-250 with a adapter ring for the Fuji 58mm lens thread from amazon at around $100.00USD if freighted.

There is however another route that the HS20 owner can take and that is to use a closeup lens filter such as these found on E-bay UK.These are the ones I bought. My daughter has just arrived back from the UK and was able to bring them with her. They cost 8.99 British pounds or roughly $16.00 NZD. There are many varieties and suppliers. A quick search on E-bay or Amazon using “Closeup Filter” in the search bar will get you to where you need to be.

I have had a very brief play with these and will do a more in-depth review in the coming days. The Borwin versions seen here are considerably more expensive and I have to wonder if they aren’t one and the same and you are paying simply for the name on the product.
The closeup lenses I have show good fit and finish and come in a pouch, with individual pockets that use Velcro tabs to secure them. Included in the box was a small packet of Q-tips as well as a Pufferbrush for lens cleaning as well a good quality lens cleaning cloth. All in all pretty good value for less than $20.00 NZD.

A New Home for the Kiwi.

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Although I have little complaint about the old akiwiretrospective blog site, some of the tools and advanced themes that I would have liked to use just didnt work all that well. The site itself has become quite large and somewhat cluttered and in an effort to better assemble the documentation we  are trialing the newer WordPress site and themes. This site while being developed will run concurrently with the older retrospective site. Hopefully the move will be of benefit to all our readers and I’m looking forward to adding a more practical set of basic camera/photography tutorials over the coming months.

For normal Blog Posts click the “Daily Blog” menu tab, or check the recent posts section in the “Sidebar”. For other information, Index etc.. use the Main Index page or the drop-down menus.

Alll the Images you see on the page headers are my own and taken using the Fuji HS20. From Time to time these will change so that you are not always being presented with boring images. Come in and have a look around. At the moment we are very much in an underconstruction phase.

All new articles however will be posted here, and full links will be available under the Main Index menus to the old site until the migration is finished.

Why am I doing this? Mostly is was tired of the old look, but also I wanted to make navigation to information a little more relevant for our users and the overall aim is to have it be an enjoyable and informative place to visit.