I am new to photography, bought my first DSLR EOS 550D Kit II (18-135) during IT show and today i went to Bally photo n wanted to buy the macro converter (Raynox 250) for taking photos of small insects.
The salesperson at the end recommended this "HD-Digital 0.5x wide angle with macro" converter n it costs me $450 buck! He showed some photos taken using the converter n seems quite ok, hence I bought the lense without trying it with my EOS 550D.
Now i am trying to take some photos with this lense, n its actually different from what he had showed me.
these are the few things that i am bothered & doubt with:
1. he mentioned that other wide angle/converter will have the black corner effects while this HD digital doesnt have. Now, when i try to shoot with the HD-Digital, the 4 black corners appears. is it my kit lense (18-135) caused it? cuz he showed me a photo taken at the shop with 18-55mm lense, n there is no black corners.
2. with the macro converter, i cant even see a thing at a distance further than say 30mm from the object. (not sure is it normal). The colour of the photo taken is not right. And, the "focused" area very little, err dunno hw to put it in words.. is like, the area of the blurred effect is too much..
3. Does this converter really that expensive and it is not recommended as it is too heavy for my kit lense n spoil my lense motor?
4. is Bally photo a Chopper?