Although it reads "10x Macro Lens," this is actually a close-up filter. I’ve also seen them called "magnifying lenses."
Close-up filters are a cheap alternative to a macro lens. You can get a set of four for $10-20.00. They screw onto the end of your regular camera lens, and they are stackable, so you can use more than one at a time if you like.
For as much macro photography as I do, it might surprise some people to learn that I do not own a proper macro lens. When I need to do extreme close-up work, I will typically use one or more of the close-up filters I own: +1, +2, +4, and +10.
If you’re curious, check out more of my Gear.
This close-up filter has also been spotted here:
Have you seen this photo somewhere else? Or are you using it yourself? I would love to hear from you! It's always fun to learn where my photos turn up.
This photo was posted to Flickr on 11 August 2010. The last time I checked, it had 20,053 views on Flickr.
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