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Old May 23, 2010, 7:29 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 with Raynox DCR-250 macros

Finally found the time to get out in the backyard with my FZ35 and new DCR-250. The problem was it was around 4 degrees Celsius (frosty) and the only insects could find were a little moth and a dead wasp (he was a very cooperative model).

I'm pretty happy with the results as it was my first go with this lens and hand held focusing is very hard with a DOF of about 2mm. I had to stack the shots to get more focus (another new skill to learn). I am amazed at the amount of detail you can get with this lens.

CC and tips appreciated.



He's cute and furry...



These flowers were tiny. About 8mm across.





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Old May 23, 2010, 7:32 PM   #2
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Excellent shots - would like to know more as compared to the LC-55 macro lens.
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Old May 23, 2010, 7:40 PM   #3
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What do you need to know? Ask away...
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Old May 23, 2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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Cheese you are a Whiz those are some awesome macros! (Clints fault for the pun)...well done...love #2 and #4!
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Great shots.

Again the question: how does it compare to the LC-55?

I guess for the FZ35 an adaptor ring is needed to mount the Reynox!?!?
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Old May 24, 2010, 4:00 AM   #6
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I don't have a LC-55 so I can't really compare.

I needed the normal extension adapter so the lens didn't hit the raynox when I zoomed.

You need to set the focus to infinity and move the camera in and out to get the right focus point. The Aperture should be around f8.

Light is a problem as working distance is about 10cm so the pop up flash can be obstructed by the lens. I have made a cardboard flash extender/diffuser than works very well.

It's fun learning how to use it and the results are amazing.
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Old May 24, 2010, 8:37 AM   #7
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Hopefully someone else will pipe in here also...the Raynox is going to be a pain to focus guys/gals...you will have to be very dedicated to getting these types of macro shots...
Not saying it can't be done by you all, but you would see much more user friendliness from the LC-55 as Panasonic designed it to work with the FZ35 "fit for purpose" so stick with the basic's unless you just have to have a go at other lens...

Cheese can probably tell you out of the pictures he shot only 20-30% are keepers more than likely as it is not easy to shoot macro like this, he explains it in the post as a 2mm depth is very difficult to focus...what happens is you will get some parts in focus and not others, then you have to go back and reshoot until you get the focus depth correct for what you are trying to achieve...it is strictly a macro lens setup from what I can see....

In reality the LC-55 you will get up to 80% "keepers" easily once you have used it a few times...and you can even take very sharp shots up to 4ft away easily for an advantage, but then get close and get a very nice macro shot as it was designed...

Not to take away from Cheese's excellent work....
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Cheeseboy, thanks for the great work. Those are knock-out photos.

LTZ, You made an excellent point Raynox is a quality brand, but still very demanding in terms of set-up and focusing. The use of a tripod is really necessary. There is no doubt that the LC-55 is easier to work with. It is all a matter of priorities, and to what area you want to devote your time and energy. Each of us will find an area of photography that really interests us deeply.

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Thanks for the infos to all of you.
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Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
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LTZ, You are right about about the difficulty of using this lens. I'm having fun learning. 20-30% keepers is about right. But the detail and level of magnification makes it worthwhile for me. The shots I took are only slightly cropped (maybe 1cm around the edges) so I could crop them further to 'zoom in' even more. Not that they need it.

I was also after a lens to deliberately reduce the DOF. Does the LC-55 do this?

I'll have to look into the LC-55 as I don't know much about it.

Use of a tripod is difficult unless the subject is stationary or set up. One with macro rails would help in this situation. I prefer to use it handheld and take a series of shots as I slowly move the camera away from the subject. That way I can be sure at least one shot has the focus I want and I can even stack the shots for more DOF. My homemade flash extender/diffuser freezes the subjects for me so I don't have to worry about camera or subject movement.
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