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Old Feb 1, 2011, 8:01 PM   #1
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Default LC55 vs. Raynox 250, Part 2

Joho pointed out to me that I should be able to do much better with the LC55, so I went back out and really tried hard to get closer. Here's my result. Both straight out of the camera, just resized for posting...


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Old Feb 1, 2011, 8:25 PM   #2
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Both great, but that second shot is even greater...
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The Raynox shot is excellent, but it still shows a crazy-shallow depth of field that would scare me - if I do get to purchasing a macro lens, it won't be the 250.
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G'day Saly

Firstly - congrats on a fine pair of images

Technically - Correct me if I'm wrong, but my interpretation of the 2 lenses is that the LC55 is a +2 dioptre [ie: with camera lens on infinity, the LC55 changes focus to 1/2 metre/20 inches] versus the R-250 which focuses at 250mm or 10inches??? making it a +4 dioptre lens

For BP of Brisbane ...
As the Panny has a minimum aperture of f9 whatever DoF you end up with, it will not be great [considering that any 1/2-decent dSLR macro lens will go to f45. My old film-camera macro lens went to f64 and I have used other lenses that went to f90]

What it does mean that we need to consider camera position & camera angle to position ourselves in the best image position, rather than shoot across the subject and need more DoF that the optics can give us

Hope this helps
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Just adding to the above, the LC55 is a 2 diopter lens yes, but the Raynox 250 I believe is actually an 8 diopter.

They are thus, just different tools.

If you want to shoot flowers or something a bit larger, the LC55 would be worth trying if the macro of your camera alone is not enough. But for something smaller like bugs/etc on a nice sturdy tripod, then the increased magnification of the Raynox is advantageous.
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Hards80 is correct. The LC55 is a 2 diopter and Raynox 250 is an 8 diopter. When attached to the extension tube, it multiplies the diopter value by 4.

The point I want to make here with these photos is that while the Raynox has higher magnification, LC55 is sharp enough that you can crop and enlarge the image to about the same magnification as the Raynox. Raynox 250 can be very tricky to focus (for me...)
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G'day all

Thanx Saly & Hards80 for that info
With the R250, as an +8 lens I would expect that it would be very powerful and to have little or no DoF while shooting with any superzoom whose A-setting only goes to f8-f11 or thereabouts

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Thanks for the informative posts saly, Hards80, and Phil.

So how about the Raynox 150 - 4.8 diopter - would it work well with the FZ's?
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Thanks for the informative posts saly, Hards80, and Phil.

So how about the Raynox 150 - 4.8 diopter - would it work well with the FZ's?
BP - magnification wise, Raynox 150 and LC55 would be equivalent. But, I think LC55 has a much better quality lens, so I think you will get sharper images.
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