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Marumi DHG Achromat Macro-200 +5

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Marumi DHG Achromat Macro-200 +5
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Description:
Marumi DHG Achromat macro filter comes in two variants the 330 +3 and the 200 +5
The achromat filters have 2 coated lenses in order to avoid excessive chromatic aberrations and distortion.
The mounting method is by using the filter screw thread.
It comes with a protective pouch (see picture)
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Registered: January, 2015
Posts: 71
Review Date: March 11, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $43.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Optical quality, seems to IMPROVE contrast, multiple sizes available
Cons: None

This is a solid piece of high quality glass. On par with or better than other high end achromat lenses such as the Olympus MCON-35 and Canon 250D. This seems to be the most powerful (+5 diopter) available with a 62mm diameter to fit my Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro. The MCON-35 fits 62mm lenses but is only +2.8 diopter. The 250D is +4 diopter and does not come in 62mm diameter from what I can tell. I was very lucky to find this used on Ebay for $43.

Images taken with the Marumi actually appear to have better contrast than ones taken without it, which was a surprise. There is zero appreciable image degradation and if anything it acts as an image enhancer, especially when comparing equivalent sized crops.

Sigma 70mm EX DG Macro + Tamron Pz-AF 1.4x TC + Marumi DHG 200 (+5) Achromat + AF280T Flash w/ Custom Softbox
f/16, 1/180, ISO 125

This is a tiny bugger at almost 2:1



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These actually lose some sharpness when I upload them here, perhaps due to compression.
   
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Registered: April, 2011
Location: Southern UK
Posts: 93

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: June 25, 2014 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $110.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: image quality, built quality, price, less kit
Cons: None

If used with a quality host lens this is a fantastic option, I am using 67mm version with a Pentax DA* 50-135, I lose around 1.5 stops when comparing depth of field with a dedicated macro. I compared the combination with a Tamrom 90mm f2.8 1:1 macro and PREFER THE MARUMI.

See my post comparing the two options:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/266060-tamr...ro-filter.html

Reduces the min focus distance of the 50-135 from 100cm to a really nice working distance for macro.

If you have a good quality host lens this Marumi is a must have for me !
   
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Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 13
Review Date: February 11, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: lightweight, easy to attach, good image quality
Cons: You have to remove the lens to focus father away.

I think people overlook these lenses as a good alternative to a macro lens. They are well built and don't degrade the image quality of the original lens. They work very well with telephoto zoom lenses. In good light the AF focus works surprisingly well with the lens attached. Use the +5 for zoom lenses in the 70-200mm range and the +3 for zooms that go to 300mm. For nature shots such as flowers and insects they work very well and you don't have to carry an extra lens nor change lenses. I also have an achromatic +2 in the Canon lens (500d). I have used it with the Pentax 55-300mm with good results. The Pentax 55-300mm doesn't focus very close so the achromatic closeup lens makes a big difference. I can't notice a difference in image quality between the Canon and the Marumi.
   
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Registered: April, 2012
Posts: 127
Review Date: December 1, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: image quality, built quality, price
Cons: on the heavy side, a little bit bulky

I got this item from ebay for a good price around 30euros. The image quality is very good especialy if you pair it with a good lens. Works best with a telephoto, but i have used it successfully with other lenses as well, including the M 50/1.7 or the 40 limited.
The focusing distance with this filter is 200mm or ~ 8 inches when the lens focus is set at infinity, which doesnt give you much room, but it has very strong magnification.
Using it with my da 50-200, it has great image quality from 50-130, from there the image quality starts to degrade.
Overall it is a nice product im glad i purchased it, with the right lens and experimentation the photographer can produce great macro images.
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