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04-17-2008, 04:40 AM   #16
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I have a mint Panagor (Kiron ?) 90/2.8 which often shows up along with the 105 at at Lester Dine. Now that I have the VL 125 it will likely never leave it case again and I may decide to sell it. It takes great pix but is manual.........

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Raynox DCR-150 & DCR-250

Here are some pictures taken with the Raynox DCR-150 and DCR-250. All were taken in natural light. As the light was very dim, I shot mostly wide open. No sharpening has been applied.

With the Pentax FA 50/1.4:







With the Tamron 70-300/4-5.6:







100% crop from previous picture:




That's a BIG ant (Raynox DCR-250 + Tamron zoom at 180mm); the depth of field was razor thin:




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S-M-C/Super Macro-Takumar 50mm F4

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Wow, Abbazz, I think you've just convinced me I should get one of those Raynox macro adaptors when I have the extra money.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boushh Quote
Wow, Abbazz, I think you've just convinced me I should get one of those Raynox macro adaptors when I have the extra money.
It's worth every cent of its (modest) price. Shooting 1:1 macro with an F/1.2 or 1.4 lens wide open is a whole new experience. And with an actual aperture of F/1.4, those fast critters won't have a chance to elude your camera.

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I bet it would work great with a 43. I might just have to try one of those.

I didn't check the 250, but Adorama has free shipping on the 150.
DCR150 Raynox DCR-150, Macro-Scan 1.5x Super Macro Conversion Lens, with Snap-on Universal Mount for 52mm to 67mm Filter Diameters.

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04-20-2008, 06:02 AM   #22
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there are a fairly large number of SMC-M 100mm F4 macros around. Theyu go to 1:2 without extension tubes, and can go past 1:1 with a set of extension tubes.

If you are looking to start macro, spend $50-70 for a set of close up lenses.

Typically they are in +1, +2, +4 steps.

the +1 changes your maximum focus from infinity to 1 meter (40 inches), the +2 to 1/2 meter (20 inches), and the +4 to 1/4 meter (10 inches)

They can be used on any lens, but the longer the cfocal length the better, because they will give you the largest magnification.
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Now we're talking macro girls and boys.
I got myself Raynox DCR-250 lens and mount it on my Tamron 70-300.

Some results:





2 EUR Slovenian coin:



and 100% crop:



So now somebody dare to say this isn't a cheap macro. And a good one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentagor Quote
Now we're talking macro girls and boys.
I got myself Raynox DCR-250 lens and mount it on my Tamron 70-300.
Congrats on the new lens, Pentagor. These Raynox diopters are great macro attachments and they're also the easiest to use. You can even snap them on a point-and-shoot digicam or video camcorder.

By the way, great shots, thanks for sharing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentagor Quote
Now we're talking macro girls and boys.
I got myself Raynox DCR-250 lens and mount it on my Tamron 70-300.
Do you even need the Raynox with the Tamron 70-300?? Set mine to Macro mode & got sample shots I thought were great with no special lighting and using a tripod from 4 feet away.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TourDeForce Quote
Do you even need the Raynox with the Tamron 70-300?? Set mine to Macro mode & got sample shots I thought were great with no special lighting and using a tripod from 4 feet away.
Agree, but with Raynox lens attached you can get into micro photography.
If you take this image for example:


The magnification is approx. 1.5:1. This is stamen of a violet. And this is at 120mm with macro turned off on the lens.
Oh, and this was hand held...
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OK, between pentagor's and Abazz's great shots I'm going to have to spring for one of the Raynox lenses. I'm drooling over here!

Now the question is which one should I get? Maybe you guys can help me with this? My lenses are listed in my signature. Would it make more sense to get the 150 or the 250?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boushh Quote
OK, between pentagor's and Abazz's great shots I'm going to have to spring for one of the Raynox lenses. I'm drooling over here!
Thanks for the kind words.

QuoteOriginally posted by boushh Quote
Now the question is which one should I get? Maybe you guys can help me with this? My lenses are listed in my signature. Would it make more sense to get the 150 or the 250?
Get both if you can (there's a discount at B&H if you buy both lenses at the same time). Else, choose either one according to your needs: the DCR-150 is better suited for small objects (stamps, coins), whole flowers or insects, while the DCR-250 delivers higher magnification suitable for shootings details of flowers or insects and for abstract pictures based on textures.

Cheers!

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QuoteOriginally posted by soalle Quote
If you wanna a lens take a look to this one if you can find one:

Phoenix AF 100mm f/3.5 Macro Telephoto Reviews

It's a "Phoenix" 100mm but optically it is like a vivitar. The magnification ratio goes up to 1:2 and with an adaptor can go to lifesize macro 1:1.
There is a flickr group for this lens, made by Cosina. I've been tagging my shots for the last few days, so I've got more on my own page.

I am totally in love with this lens. It's light and very usable for close focus work. But I'm always on the lookout for something better, so if anyone can recommend a sharper lens that won't break my wrists when carrying it, I'm all ears.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
Thanks for the kind words.


Get both if you can (there's a discount at B&H if you buy both lenses at the same time). Else, choose either one according to your needs: the DCR-150 is better suited for small objects (stamps, coins), whole flowers or insects, while the DCR-250 delivers higher magnification suitable for shootings details of flowers or insects and for abstract pictures based on textures.

Cheers!

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Hmmm, I guess I have to figure out what I want to shoot or just cave in and get both.

Thanks!
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