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killerwolf Mar 10, 2013 4:06 AM

FZ200 macro lenses - any opinions on these?

not sure if they'd be compatible or worth it? any thoughts?

kevcampbell Mar 10, 2013 9:05 AM


Originally Posted by killerwolf (Post 1340378)

not sure if they'd be compatible or worth it? any thoughts?

I may not be the best person to ask as I am kind of new to all this myself, but at some point I plan on buying a Raynox DCR150 for my FZ150, which of course should also be compatible with the FZ200 as they are both 52mm

Ozzie_Traveller Mar 10, 2013 6:00 PM

G'day KW

This is a very popular item for discussion - welcome to the "Closeup Lens club"

Here's some posts where I have offered personal-experience advice on my use of closeup lenses

You can also go to the Steve's Forum Search box [top right of screen] and try a Search for "Closeup Lens"

As with everything these days - always remember "you get what you pay for" and so cheap ebay / internet stuff will give you cheap results

Pl come back with more Qs as they arise
Regards, Phil

saly Mar 10, 2013 10:01 PM

I'm sorry but I don't know anything about this particular brand. I own the LC-55 and Raynox 250, and I can honestly say that the Lumix LC-55 is a better quality lens.

killerwolf Mar 11, 2013 5:39 AM

thanks for the posts, i guessed the cheapness would be reflected but i was dithering about maybe getting one to practice w/. the Raynox are the ones i keep hearing about, maybe i should just save my pennies or keep an eye on ebay for them.

Ozzie_Traveller Mar 11, 2013 4:44 PM

G'day again KW

Close up lenses + coloured filters are very much "you get what you pay for" items
ps- a close up lens is not a filter ... filters are coloured or have some special task to perform, whereas a lens creates an image

By all means buy one of these 'cheapies' if you wish - I did years ago when I was starting out.
Measure the diameter of the lens [it seems to be 52mm] and I recommed you buy either a "+2" or a "+3" dioptre lens. The +2 will focus at 1/2metre, the +3 at 1/3metre, and you will still have 100% of your zoom available to change image size

The big differences between lenses is
a) 'normal' brands like Hoya, Mirumi, Lee, Tiffen etc will cost you 30-40 quid and the curvature & multicoating will give you a good sharp image;
b) Raynox or Canon or Panasonic are 2-element lenses [2 bits of glass glued together] and give much better sharpness & colour, and they cost 100 quid, while
c) internet cheapies are often factory-second quality [tho I am not saying here that all are factory seconds] ... you might get lucky

Hope this helps a bit
Regards, Phil

killerwolf Mar 12, 2013 5:17 AM

cheers Phil, might get a cheapy just to see if the image/magnification difference is worth is worth it, then go for an expensive one later.

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