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August 17, 2012
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Does anybody heard about RAYNOX Conversion Lens M-250?
It’s a non dedicated lens that could be adaptable like a ring unto the lens of the camera and allows magnifying objects for macro photography. I have a D7000 and a Panasonic FZ100 that is bridge camera, maybe this lens could go with both. What is your opinion about it?

http://www.cameratips.com/recommendatio … ox-dcr-250

August 19, 2012
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I never used it, but I heard a lot of good things about it. It is not a macro lens, but for $80 you probably can’t go wrong, specially it you are doing macro just for fun. It looks like it can give you a good quality sharp image. It is a bit more difficult to focus with it and you need to be very patient, but you need to be patient with macro anyway, because DoF is so narrow and it is easy miss your focus.
Tripod and manual focus is the way to go.
I heard it has a vignetting with shorter lenses, but with long ones it should be fine.

August 25, 2012
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Quote from danielaportela on August 17, 2012, 20:52
Does anybody heard about RAYNOX Conversion Lens M-250?
It’s a non dedicated lens that could be adaptable like a ring unto the lens of the camera and allows magnifying objects for macro photography. I have a D7000 and a Panasonic FZ100 that is bridge camera, maybe this lens could go with both. What is your opinion about it?

http://www.cameratips.com/recommendatio … ox-dcr-250

Yes it’s working with Nikon D7000 and you can get better results with 50mm lens.

see this pic.taken with nikkor 50mm f1.8D +raynox 250

http://i.imgur.com/9P3O3.jpg

You have to choose model.i have seen it for many models.

August 26, 2012
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That’s a beautiful picture with very nice DoF and very sharp also.
In what concerns models, you mean there is a model for Canon and another different for Nikon? I thought the lens had a kind of tweezers that grab any lens from 52mm to 67mm diameter. That is important for me because I have a D7000 (67mm diameter) and a PANASONIC FZ100 that have a 52mm diameter, and I was hoping that one single lens covers the two cameras.
I don’t have a 50mm prime, but I was thinking in using it with my future 105 nikkor macro lens, what’s your opinion about that?

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Quote from danielaportela on August 26, 2012, 17:51
That’s a beautiful picture with very nice DoF and very sharp also.
In what concerns models, you mean there is a model for Canon and another different for Nikon? I thought the lens had a kind of tweezers that grab any lens from 52mm to 67mm diameter. That is important for me because I have a D7000 (67mm diameter) and a PANASONIC FZ100 that have a 52mm diameter, and I was hoping that one single lens covers the two cameras.
I don’t have a 50mm prime, but I was thinking in using it with my future 105 nikkor macro lens, what’s your opinion about that?

Actually this pic was not taken by me.i posted it here for example.check more details coz i also not sure.I’ll find some more details and let you know

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Quote from danielaportela on August 26, 2012, 17:51
That’s a beautiful picture with very nice DoF and very sharp also.
In what concerns models, you mean there is a model for Canon and another different for Nikon? I thought the lens had a kind of tweezers that grab any lens from 52mm to 67mm diameter. That is important for me because I have a D7000 (67mm diameter) and a PANASONIC FZ100 that have a 52mm diameter, and I was hoping that one single lens covers the two cameras.
I don’t have a 50mm prime, but I was thinking in using it with my future 105 nikkor macro lens, what’s your opinion about that?

Daniela, I am not that sure about the purpose of using macro conversion lens on top of regular macro lens.
Will you get a double macro then, lol? It would be interesting to see the results. Need to test it one day.

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Quote from danielaportela on August 26, 2012, 17:51
That’s a beautiful picture with very nice DoF and very sharp also.
In what concerns models, you mean there is a model for Canon and another different for Nikon? I thought the lens had a kind of tweezers that grab any lens from 52mm to 67mm diameter. That is important for me because I have a D7000 (67mm diameter) and a PANASONIC FZ100 that have a 52mm diameter, and I was hoping that one single lens covers the two cameras.
I don’t have a 50mm prime, but I was thinking in using it with my future 105 nikkor macro lens, what’s your opinion about that?

Daniela, I am not that sure about the purpose of using macro conversion lens on top of regular macro lens.
Will you get a double macro then, lol? It would be interesting to see the results. Need to test it one day.

August 29, 2012
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lol. The purpose is to get closer and amplify the object to a scale we are not used to observe conventionally. Of course, first I’ll go with the macro lens 105mm as we already talked, and a good versatile tripod. Hopefully at the beginning of next month I should be able to afford it.
Next I will test it and see if it’s enough for me. If not, I will add one of the following equipment:
– RAYNOX conversion lens M-250 mounted at the top of the macro to amplify the subject.
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– Kenko DG extension tubes to get closer.
I’m a kind of skeptic about the extension tubes, because many people say it’s hard to focus, in particular AF. I know you already told that for macro it’s better to do it manually. I must learn to do so. Back in the days I tested an Olympus film camera, and it was great because it had a circle that when the image is not in focus the superior image in the half size of the circle did not match with the bottom image of the circle and it was easy to use manual focus! Now it just keep blur and sometimes I think it’s focus and it’s not! Gladly I stopped being lazy and read the instructions of the camera and it appears a dot when it’s in focus (I believe you already mentioned on the lesson)…

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I have the extension tubes and the biggest drawback for me is the loss of a stop of light. I did spend the extra €€€´s and got the extension tubes that support autofocus, however it is very difficult to achieve focus this way as most of the time the lens will hunt for focus. Primes are much better then zooms, but the AF enabled extension tubes also benefit you by allowing you to change the aperture in the lens instead of shooting wide open with the cheap plastic tubes that have no communication with the camera body.
The best way that I found to use the extension tubes is to set the lens to the minimum focusing distance and then slowly move forward until you see focus. This does take some practice but this is the best way to get focus.
Also you can probably use the RAYNOX conversion lens M-250 on both camera bodies by buying the largest thread size (67mm diameter) and then buying a step-down ring to step down the size to 52mm. This will also work with circular polarizers and ND filters that you may have that you can share with both cameras.
I have both the extension tubes and the a dedicated macro lens (Canon 100mm L lens) and I very rarely use my extension tubes, although I could use them with my macro to get closer if needed but the biggest problem is not enough light to use a deep depth of field in order to capture something interesting.
A third possibility and can be done rather cheap is to use a reversing ring to put two lenses together (primes work best) which will also allow you to do macro. I have never tried this myself but some people have gotten good results. The reversing ring adaptor is around €10 and old manual focus 50mm lens with (aperture control switch) can be found very cheap too.

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Daniele:
To my understaning, almost all macro photography are made in manual mode, and tripode with remote control, so the extension tube with this capability is for portrait , however you can have AF with a Hoya Close up filter and only cost 1/3 of extension tube and most cheaper than a macro lens all depend of what class of macro-photography u want to do.

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First of all I would like to thank you all for your kind answers and opinions, which allow me to open my mind to new setups and always learn with other’s experiences. Let me keep you updated with my settings, because things changed from when I posted my topic, and what I want from macrophotography. I opted to get a nikkor 105 2.8 macro. Oksana made me a list of lenses good for macro and I chose that particular one. I’m very satisfied with it but I didn’t have the time to test it with the subjects I want (nature and animals, in particular bugs). I sold my Panasonic FZ100 and kept my D7000. So, in what concerns macro, I’m using the D7000 with the 105, 2.8 macro, a remote shutter, a flash, and a Vanguard AltaPro 263 tripod. During this month I’ll shot with this equipment and then I’ll feedback to you guys about what lacks. I want to get closer to the subject…but I don’t want to use a ring to reverse the lens, because I may scratch the lens. Please take a look at this video (if you are not afraid of spiders) to understand what kind of images I’m looking for. Remember I didn’t tested the 105 outdoors, but I have a feeling that is not enough.

ATTENTION: There are spiders and other bugs in this video:

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