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toriaj
08-09-2007, 01:15 AM
I dropped the $40 for the Raynox 2.5x macro converter, and I'm pretty pleased with the results! I had the most success using it on my 50mm prime. The results are among the sharpest I have ever achieved, with any subject or any of my lenses. Autofocus even worked most of the time. All are handheld.

50 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO 400
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50mm, f/9, 1/80 sec., ISO 400
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I've been wanting one of these shots since seeing Prospero's over a year ago :D http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=119385&postcount=688 I still llike his better, though :rolleyes:
50 mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec., ISO 400
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The lens is visible when at the wide end of my kit lens -- this is beyond vignetting :rolleyes: but I thought it was kind of a fun effect, albeit one that I don't plan on using often ;)
18 mm., f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 400
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Comments, criticism, opinions, and edits welcome!

leyo04
08-09-2007, 01:58 AM
nice.. the 50mm 1.8 is really a good lens. even if you try reversing it, just sharp. Neways, you may want to venture on ext tubes as well + the raynox in front. hehehe.. more magnification baby.

Rooz
08-09-2007, 03:06 AM
wow...very impressive indeed ! i gotta say i'm not big on the effect of the last one. but the rest are great !

500mL
08-09-2007, 11:34 AM
I dropped the $40 for the Raynox 2.5x macro converter, and I'm pretty pleased with the results! I had the most success using it on my 50mm prime. The results are among the sharpest I have ever achieved, with any subject or any of my lenses. Autofocus even worked most of the time. All are handheld.

Hey toriaj,

Amazing macros! Does that Raynox 2.5x macro converter work on the D40? And if it does, where did you purchase it from? Looks like I might have to grab one for myself :D

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r3g
08-09-2007, 11:39 AM
Hey toriaj,

Amazing macros! Does that Raynox 2.5x macro converter work on the D40? And if it does, where did you purchase it from? Looks like I might have to grab one for myself :D

-500mL-


+1 . Id throw it on my future 30mm 1.4 if possible.

toriaj
08-09-2007, 12:15 PM
Thanks, everyone!! :) It comes with a universal clip-on adapter, so it works with most makes of cameras, even superzooms and compact cameras as long as their lens diameter is between 52 and 67mm (two of my lenses are at 52mm, the other is at 58mm.) The diameter of the actual lens is 43mm, so I think you could screw it directly to the front of a lens with a 43mm diameter (without using the universal adapter.)

Be aware that it significantly changes the focusing distance of the lens. Without the Raynox, my 50mm will focus from about 15 inches, to infinity. With the Raynox, it will only focus between 4 and 5 inches. Other users have had problems with focusing -- and I did too, if I tried to put it on my 70-300mm lens.

It has best sharpness at apertures between f/7.1 and f/11, as far as I can tell so far. So you need good light -- bright but cloudy seems to be the best ;)

Here's the link:
http://www.adorama.com/IRXDCR250.html?searchinfo=raynox%202.5x&item_no=2

500mm, it would work on your D40. Keep in mind that you clip it to the front of a lens that you already have.

r3g, go ahead and put it on your 30mm 1.4!

I should also mention that extension tubes are more commonly used by DSLR owners than conversion lenses.

And check out these results from Downtrodden: http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=228380&postcount=4171

TNB
08-09-2007, 12:23 PM
That second shot looks very nice!

toriaj
08-09-2007, 11:02 PM
Thank you :)

AdamW
08-09-2007, 11:19 PM
Tori--You should be pleased with those, they're really good!

Hmmm, I wonder what one of those converters would do on my 100mm macro...?

toriaj
08-09-2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks!
Putting a $40 converter on an $460 lens??? :eek:
Is it true that your focusing distance is only 6 inches? The Raynox would make it focus ... behind the camera? :D

kardinal
08-09-2007, 11:45 PM
Nice results tori.

Viky
08-10-2007, 02:59 AM
wow! i really like the results, not bad for a $40 product.

As for the last one, it kind of give you the old school feel!

Is the Lens giving you both magnification + closer min-focus distance, or is it just reducing the min focus distance?

How difficult is it to lock focus?

toriaj
08-10-2007, 08:07 PM
As best I understand it, the Raynox gives both magnification and closer focus distance. Locking focus depends on the lens used -- on my prime, autofocus was pretty good. Almost as good on my kit. Nonexistent on my 70-300. Did you find some good subjects for your own macr-adventures? :D

Actaeon
08-10-2007, 10:41 PM
Whoa, thats pretty neat! If they made an adapter for 72mm, would this work on an 18-200mm? I guess there would be plenty of Vignetting? I'd be very interested in this if it would work, then I wouldn't have to look into a separate Macro Lens!

toriaj
08-12-2007, 11:15 PM
Sorry it took so long to reply, somehow I missed your post :o
So the diameter of your 18-200mm is 72mm? Yes, there would be lots of vignetting ... I'm guessing it would work best between 50 and 100mm ... might have some trouble focusing ...
I know it would work on your 18-55mm though! :D
And you might want to look into extension tubes or reversal rings instead, I'm not very familiar with them.

nap
08-13-2007, 10:43 PM
At long focal lengths, it might be better to manually focus instead.

toriaj
09-03-2007, 10:21 PM
Not too many bugs live here, which I generally appreciate ;) so this is the first one I caught with the Raynox.

1/90 sec., f/9.5, 50mm, ISO 200
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nap
09-04-2007, 11:54 PM
nice macros! I just had my nikon d80 with 50mm f/1.8 lens. I attached my Raynox dcr-250 to it and, just like toriaj, I'm amazed at this combination! I also tried the Raynox on the d80 kit kens (18-135mm) but had trouble with sharpness and of course, "vignetting."

r3g
09-05-2007, 01:13 AM
Im debating whether I should get one of these and throw it on my future 30mm 1.4 instead of getting the Sigma 150mm Macro.

toriaj
09-05-2007, 05:30 PM
Im debating whether I should get one of these and throw it on my future 30mm 1.4 instead of getting the Sigma 150mm Macro.

Allow me to be the first to say, if you can afford the Sigma 150, get it!! (Or maybe the Tamron :cool:)
The Raynox is great for $40. I'm glad I have it. But it doesn't do the job of a true macro lens. What I miss the most is DOF. The Raynox does well with a very tiny part of something, but that's it.

Nap, I'm glad that the Raynox is working well on your prime. As for the other lens, I'd guess the long end is just a bit too long for focusing, and there gets to be too much vignetting at shorter focal lengths ... show us some of your pics too! Feel free to post them here if you like :D

r3g
09-05-2007, 06:31 PM
Allow me to be the first to say, if you can afford the Sigma 150, get it!! (Or maybe the Tamron :cool:)
The Raynox is great for $40. I'm glad I have it. But it doesn't do the job of a true macro lens. What I miss the most is DOF. The Raynox does well with a very tiny part of something, but that's it.



I know it wont do as good as a real macro lens but at the same time Im not much of a macro person.. Not looking to get crazy magnification or anything Id just like to get closer to things then my kitlens and 55-200 allows

toriaj
09-05-2007, 10:17 PM
I know it wont do as good as a real macro lens but at the same time Im not much of a macro person.. Not looking to get crazy magnification or anything Id just like to get closer to things then my kitlens and 55-200 allows

Well, crazy magnification is exactly what the Raynox gives you ... I think the swirl in this flower was less than 1/4" across (and this is a 25% crop.)

1/90 sec., f/4.8, 50mm, ISO 200
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If you wanted less magnification, more DOF, then a typical macro would be better.
BUT ... if you just want to try your hand at macro, see if you like it before dropping $400 :eek: then the Raynox is a good choice IMO. You might also want to check out extension tubes.

r3g
09-05-2007, 10:20 PM
Yeah I never was much of a macro shooter so I dont really want to drop $$$$ on a lens that Ill barely ever use. Was thinkin about maybe looking at tube too, but from all the samples Ive seen from the Raynox I like what I see. :)

toriaj
09-09-2007, 10:20 PM
Thanks to danielg for giving me the idea to try water drops with the Raynox :)

Both at 50mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO 200, on-board flash, handheld (my tripods can't get me close enough for the Raynox to focus.)

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rawpaw18
09-10-2007, 04:20 AM
Tori that first shot is great,
I love the flash reflecting off the top of the drop!