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    Anyone use the raynox macro lens before? From what I understand about this lens, when the raynox is attached to any lens, it will increase the magnification of that lens and at the same time give the lens a fixed focusing distance of around 12cm.

    I'm just wondering what will happen if the raynox is fixed to a 30mm or 50mm macro lens? Does it change their focusing distance to 12cm as well?

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    Default Re: Raynox DCR 250 macro lens

    I have used it on the 18-70mm kit lens before. Do note that the filter size and zoom range of the lens may cause vignetting.So far the 18-70mm at 70mm is ok but when you use it at 50mm and below you will get serious vignetting. Haven't tried on the 50mm macro lens but heard review that it works on the 50mm f1.7 or 1.4 lens
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    I have used it on the 18-70mm kit lens before. Do note that the filter size and zoom range of the lens may cause vignetting.So far the 18-70mm at 70mm is ok but when you use it at 50mm and below you will get serious vignetting. Haven't tried on the 50mm macro lens but heard review that it works on the 50mm f1.7 or 1.4 lens
    Hi, im interested in doing some macro and have some queries about raynox

    1) Is it a good equipment to start with? Looking at cheaper alternatives instead of getting a dedicated macro lens at the moment, and the raynox seems quite affordable

    2) I have a 70-200mm f4, will it work well with a raynox? Current MFD is 1.2m, what will it change to and what will the working distance be like at 70mm and at 200mm? How about the 50mm f1.8?

    3) Read that vignetting will occur for some lens <70mm. So i should be fine if i use it with 70-200mm?

    Thanks for reading. Oh ya, didnt mean to hijack TS thread, just didnt want to start another one. Hope you understand
    Last edited by yc2005; 18th November 2009 at 12:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yc2005 View Post
    Hi, im interested in doing some macro and have some queries about raynox

    1) Is it a good equipment to start with? Looking at cheaper alternatives instead of getting a dedicated macro lens at the moment, and the raynox seems quite affordable

    2) I have a 70-200mm f4, will it work well with a raynox? Current MFD is 1.2m, what will it change to and what will the working distance be like at 70mm and at 200mm? How about the 50mm f1.8?

    3) Read that vignetting will occur for some lens <70mm. So i should be fine if i use it with 70-200mm?

    Thanks for reading. Oh ya, didnt mean to hijack TS thread, just didnt want to start another one. Hope you understand
    Hi Friend,

    Please refer to the link below as it should be helpful to you:
    http://www.mcgill.com.sg/images/DCR-250a.pdf

    Cheers,
    Jim, McGill.

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    Default Re: Raynox DCR 250 macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by yc2005 View Post
    Hi, im interested in doing some macro and have some queries about raynox

    1) Is it a good equipment to start with? Looking at cheaper alternatives instead of getting a dedicated macro lens at the moment, and the raynox seems quite affordable

    2) I have a 70-200mm f4, will it work well with a raynox? Current MFD is 1.2m, what will it change to and what will the working distance be like at 70mm and at 200mm? How about the 50mm f1.8?

    3) Read that vignetting will occur for some lens <70mm. So i should be fine if i use it with 70-200mm?

    Thanks for reading. Oh ya, didnt mean to hijack TS thread, just didnt want to start another one. Hope you understand
    Yes it can work with the 70-200 f4 as I'm using the same thing.

    Sample picture.


    focal length 200, f20, 1/250 sec, iso 500 and with external flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draken413o View Post
    Yes it can work with the 70-200 f4 as I'm using the same thing.

    Sample picture.

    focal length 200, f20, 1/250 sec, iso 500 and with external flash.
    Thanks Draken. For this shot, how far away are you from the subject?
    Do we also have to stop down by quite a bit to get enough DOF? How about at f8 or f11 would the DOF be enough?

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    I was around 10 cm away I think. Err.. It can be done at f8 however you won't be able to get so much details.. thats why I stopped down to f20 to get more of the fly in focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_mcgill View Post
    Hi Friend,

    Please refer to the link below as it should be helpful to you:
    http://www.mcgill.com.sg/images/DCR-250a.pdf

    Cheers,
    Jim, McGill.
    Jim is the best person to ask about the Raynox lens. He sells them
    It is called the super macro conversion lens on the box.
    You can arrange with Jim to try out the Raynox before buying

    I bought the DCR-250 and used it with my 18~55mm kit lens 58mm diameter. Set my focal length at 55mm and very happy with the results. I used manual focus on the lens and move body to obtain focus and shoot.
    Last edited by dykat2009; 19th November 2009 at 10:41 PM.

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    Was doing some reserach and now kinda stuck between Raynox 250 and Kenko extension tubes. Any guys here who used both before, any comments?

    Some were saying extension tubes are better since there is no glass involved, no IQ degradation. True? Others were saying using Raynox results in only slight IQ degradation. Which is a more recommended choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yc2005 View Post
    Was doing some reserach and now kinda stuck between Raynox 250 and Kenko extension tubes. Any guys here who used both before, any comments?

    Some were saying extension tubes are better since there is no glass involved, no IQ degradation. True? Others were saying using Raynox results in only slight IQ degradation. Which is a more recommended choice?
    Hi Friend,

    Raynox DCR-250 and CM-2000A are meant to replace extension tubes.

    With extension tubes, there is degradation of f-stops, ie. image becomes darker. With Raynox, nothing has changed.

    In macrophotography, one of the most important requirements is adequate ambient lighting. IF you think this is important too, then consider the Raynox macro converter lenses.

    Thanks,
    Jim, McGill.

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    Hi,

    I was using the extension tubes like a month back. (bought the 25mm one)
    It just kinda irritating when you have to unmount your lens, mount the tube, then mount back your lens, especially if you're not specifically shooting macro on that day.

    Sold it after a few days, and gotten myself the Raynox 250 from a CSer just today!
    Its way convenient as compared to the tubes.

    Currently using it with my 50mm f1.8, i would say, its great!

    Edit: Oh, if you have doubt in Raynox's IQ, just search up the Macro section of the forum, take a look with the pictures that are taken with the Raynox, i'm sure you'll be please!

    Cheers!
    Last edited by vynnn; 25th November 2009 at 08:29 PM.

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    I notice tat most ppl are using raynox on short focal primes like the 50mm. Just wondering why not use it with zoom lens that has around 200 or 300mm? It will provide more magnification plus zoom lens allows u to control the amount of magnification you want...

    Is there any disadvantages of using zoom lens as compared to prime when used with raynox?

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    Default Re: Raynox DCR 250 macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post
    I notice tat most ppl are using raynox on short focal primes like the 50mm. Just wondering why not use it with zoom lens that has around 200 or 300mm? It will provide more magnification plus zoom lens allows u to control the amount of magnification you want...

    Is there any disadvantages of using zoom lens as compared to prime when used with raynox?
    It's not easy to do a macro shot at 200mm. Most macro lenses sold are in the region of 30mm to 100mm primes except for the Tamron 180mm macro.

    Most of the time we do not need to zoom past 100mm for a macro shot. At 200mm the slightest movements will cause camera shake. You need a tripod and a really tiny subject.

    But a Raynox on a Sony 18-70mm ahhh best. Even on a 55-200mm, up to 130mm, it is still good.

    Seek out Jim Mcgill. I bought my Raynox from him. He is the best person to speak to about Raynox. In addition to DCR250, you might want to consider CM3000A which is a combo of DCR250 and another macro lens.

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