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Old Nov 15, 2006, 10:10 PM   #11
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Well, I have been used to focusing manually with my old primes so maybe I can do it. I dont' have a focus ring, so I hope I don't have to do much manuallly with the fz 7, something I failed to consider when I ordered it. donna
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Old Nov 15, 2006, 10:55 PM   #12
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I have not used these macro lenses before but I think you basically bring the subject into focus by movign the camera closer or further from the subject. I don't know if you put the camera focus on infinity or what, though.
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 7:59 AM   #13
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Iordered the raynox 250...is that a mistake...donna
Donna - Yes, I think it's a mistake. IMO, the8 diopterdcr250 is too powerful for general use. I have it and seldom use it. The extremely shallow dof and close focus distance of 5" make it very difficult to use. I would strongly recommend cancelling the order and getting either the nikon 4t (FD 13") or the dcr150 (FD 10"). Much, much easier to use.

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Old Nov 16, 2006, 9:24 PM   #14
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Donna,
I have to agree with Fred. I have a DCR-250 and the DOF is incredibly narrow with the FZ7. It is very difficult to get whole subject into focus. I don't seem to have that problem when I use it with my FX01, so I am pretty much using it with that camera right now.
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 9:28 PM   #15
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Well, it is on its way...if I can't work with it I will buy the 150. donna
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 10:10 PM   #16
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Take a look at some of the photos on flickr taken with the 250 and an FZ7

here's a search

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&...250&m=text

and here's a guy with hundreds of photos using the combination

http://www.flickr.com/photos/6781867...7594160852929/

It looks like it might have a very shallow dof but if you get it right, you can get a pretty neat photo.
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 10:35 PM   #17
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Thank You Stujoe!!! That site was amazing...I will give it a try. Donna
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 11:02 PM   #18
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Start with the zoom low. Even if there is some vignetting you can crop it away. The focus distance wil be pretty much fixed at 5" from the subject. Lock auto focus with a shutter half-press and mover the camera slightly closer/further to obtain maximum focus. It takes some practice. Get the light as bright as possible. Bright sunlight is preferable but a bright florescent works okay. Candle flame itself can be bright enough. Have fun!
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You can do it girl. I have used the 250 alot. )

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I'd get a nikon 4t ($25 at amazon). 52mm threads will fit the fz7 stock adapter. The 4t is not quite as powerful as the dcr150 (+3 vs +4 diopter) butis a much larger diameter lens and will not vignett even at 1x zoom, whereas the smaller dcr150 vignettsbelow about 3x zoom. There is also the slight precariousness of the dcr snap-on adapter vs the more secure threaded connection with 4t. That being said, the dcr150 is an excellent lens and will undoubtedly give you much satisfaction.
Fred thank you once again. I just ordered that 4T to complement my other macro lenses. I'll now have the both the 3T and 4T along with the Raynox 150/250 set. I have been waiting for the 4T but is was never in stock at Amazon before. This is a great price.

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