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11-01-2008, 11:10 PM   #1
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Request to see some photos with FA50/f1.4 and Raynox 250

I know this topic has been discussed many times before but I just can't seem to find any threads that show any pictures taken using the 50mm lens and Raynox 250.

Can some kind soul please post some here? I would really like to see them.

Thanks!

11-02-2008, 12:17 AM   #2
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Hey Raider, I can take some shots for you tomorrow. What exactly are you trying to see? What do you want the pics of?

I will say that the spring clip that is on the raynox 250 is really tight on the 49mm threads.

I just did a couple of shots with the raynox and the helios 58mm lens to give you an idea of the magnification, if you want to see them.
11-02-2008, 12:44 AM   #3
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I have some money saved up for a macro lens but my FA50/f1.4 is underuse at the moment. I am thinking rather than investing in the sigma 105 macro, why not try to pair the FA50 with a raynox. I can then use the money saved up for the macro lens for a carbon fiber tripod. I have thought of getting a macro converter but a good one with PK/A mount is hard to find or just too expensive.

i think the 58mm lens is pretty close/similar to my FA50. Pictures of that lens with the raynox will serve to give me an idea of the combo nicely

Thanks!

p.s. could you also indicate the distance of the lens to the subject?
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No bugs pix but the lens was on so i made this


50mm1.4 as close you can go,without raynox and f2



Raynox on and as near you can go,still f2 and note the narrow dof




this is f11. longer dof but now is a flash necessary



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QuoteOriginally posted by ibbe Quote
No bugs pix but the lens was on so i made this
Thanks, that's very instructive.

What was the subject - lens (front element) distance when you did the Raynox shots?
11-02-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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Hey Raider... some samples from today!!!

I did some quick test shots with the FA 50 + raynox 250... the first is just to give you an idea of how much magnification. These are handheld, some braced... The focus distance is about 5 inches I think. The raynox works on most of my lenses but it really works well on the DA50-200 and the slightly longer primes.



Then your basic flower shot



Then a fly shot full frame and a crop/rotate of the same shot






Now a crop of a shot leaning over a rose bush but what a hunter the little spider is... Wish I had my vivi on but... this came out ok


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Talk about your fly on the wall!!!
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I'm in Perth and have a Raynox 250 that I have hardly used, just wasn't my thing. If you're interested, shoot me a PM.

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These shots are just great! Thanks Igilligan!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
I did some quick test shots with the FA 50 + raynox 250...
Phenomenal shots, Igilligan!
11-03-2008, 10:32 AM   #11
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The raynox 250 or 150 is a must have

Thanks for the nice comments. I just want to say that the raynox takes a bit of time getting used to. The shallow DOF really wants to see F11 ish to get the sharper results. But at larger ap you can get artsy. As ibbe says the flash is your friend at f11 thru f22...

I think it is such a good little macro option that it is always in my camera bag. Many times I have been heading out to shoot family at a gathering, so I take the tammy 28-75, a fast 50 and the DA 50-200 or 70-300. There is no room for the vivitar 105 in my little bag, but if I have the raynox in the bag then I can still take those bug shots....

Raider I hope you saw that daleroy has a used one... could be a great option...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
Thanks for the nice comments. I just want to say that the raynox takes a bit of time getting used to. The shallow DOF really wants to see F11 ish to get the sharper results. But at larger ap you can get artsy. As ibbe says the flash is your friend at f11 thru f22...

I think it is such a good little macro option that it is always in my camera bag. Many times I have been heading out to shoot family at a gathering, so I take the tammy 28-75, a fast 50 and the DA 50-200 or 70-300. There is no room for the vivitar 105 in my little bag, but if I have the raynox in the bag then I can still take those bug shots....

Raider I hope you saw that daleroy has a used one... could be a great option...

I'm new on digital r and also on pentax.... but why do you use/prefer thsi adapter instead of extension tubes ?
11-03-2008, 11:09 AM   #13
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I just got my first set of 'A' ext tubes

Hey netuser

I have not played with my ext tubes enought yet, but the need to throw up to three ext tubes on a prime lens to get a 1:1 is macro, means that it is a bigger set in the bag. The three KA mount tubes are almost the size of a lens. Plus with ext tubes you get light loss....

Dont get me wrong I am not saying the macro adaptors lenses like the raynox can replace the proper amount of ext tubes on a prime lens. But in a full bag, the raynox slides in there easy and is very usable for close in shots IMO...

Mightymike has some really nice threads in the other forum with the 50-200 + raynox... top notch work

here is a link to a thread where that combo was compared to the DA 50 macro

my own personal macro comparison test (images): Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

The test shots of mine above were hand held and I think they came out ok for a 50mm lens. With the DA 50-200 I could have got in much closer.

And here is some shots with the 85mm jupiter 9 and the raynox that I did last week..

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/40215-jupiter-9-macro-lens.html

I just find it very "usable" with so many lenses...
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Thanks to you guys, I made up my decision to get the Raynox 250 from daleroy. I hope that it will arrive this week 'cos i am going to kings park over the weekend for some photo shooting!
11-04-2008, 09:22 AM   #15
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Good luck

That is great you got a used one....
Try it on your 50-200 if you still have it. It really helps being able to frame the macros with the zoom... I have found the 100-150 range on the zoom works really well for "buggish shots" and back down to 50-70 for flower shots.

Post some pics when you get it...
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