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Old Apr 25, 2006, 5:28 AM   #1
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Hello, all

Has anyone used a Raynox DCR-250 with S9000/9500 and what do you think about this combination?

At what focal length does the vignetting start to appear? I understand that at 300mm zoom setting the shooting distance is 117mm and the image size is 16x12mm, but what about shorter zoom settings?
The sample pic I've seen here:
http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/digital/s9000/index.htm
looks quite good, but since I can get it from just one camera store for about US$90 (including the universal snap-on adapter and P&P) here in Israel, I can't check it on my camera before ordering.
Any advice and recommendation is appreciated.
Sorry, if this very subject has came up before, couldn't find anything specific on DCR-250 and S9000/9500.
Many thanks in advance.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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I have a DCR-250 and a MSN-500 on my Fuji S9500.

I like the DCR-250 a lot, acceptable DOF provided you use F8 or higher, good quality images, and you can zoom out to get your subject into view. At smaller zoom, the focus distance becomes smaller. Of course you get some vignetting but hey you have 9 Mpix so enough good pixels left.
By the way $90 is not cheap, you should be able to get it for $50.

The MSN-500 is practically useless for "3-D photography" because of its limited focus depth. At F11 you have about 0.5 - 1.0 mm, and only at max telephoto.
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Thanks alot for the info. I know that $90 is way too much for it, but our taxes are crazy and if I order it on-line from Europe or USA it would be more or less the same price with P&P and I would still have to pay an import tax.
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Here an example photo of the DCR-250. Takes a lot of patience and a lot of tries before the focus is really good.
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And the same ant farm shot with the MSN-500...
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Old Apr 27, 2006, 3:42 PM   #6
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Thank you for your examples. I see your point, MSN-500 really isn't usable with this camera. May be I'll try to find a DCR-150 for my needs:roll:.

You're right about patience, spent seven years doing microphotography and electron microscopy. Hope, I still have some patience left:-).

Thanks again,

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PS. Great images BTW
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