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Old Mar 29, 2005, 3:45 AM   #1
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I know this pointhas been discussed in depth already, but I would like to know, from your experience which is the best Macro/Wide Angle/Teleconvertor lense setup. Some pictures will really be appreciated as well. Thanks
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Old Mar 29, 2005, 6:59 AM   #2
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Best place to check is Dr Shene's website which You can find here:
http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/index.html

From what I can tell, the best macro lens appears to be the Nikon 6t; wide angle - its either the Raynox 6600 or the Olympus 7/8B (I've got a WCON8B becuase of the 62mm thread size); Tele convertor - If money is no object then its the Pana LTZ10 otherwise its going to be the TCON14b.


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Old Mar 29, 2005, 7:54 AM   #3
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Thanks Harj, that was extremely helpful. Do you need any adaptors for those lenses?
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Old Mar 29, 2005, 9:29 AM   #4
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Let's assume all threeconverters are of equal importance and availability is not an issue. There are a number of good to excellent teles out there depending on what you want to pay and how much weight you're willing to carry around. There are quite a few +3 diopter dual element macro convertersofcomparable quality. But when it comes to a wide angle lens there is only one, IMO. That's the raynox dcr6600pro. No barrel distortion and clean to the corners; .66x. Some of the .8xwa lensmay be of similar or even better quality but.8x isn't wide enough, IMO.I guess there are better .7x lens but for much more than $100US.
So, the 6600 is the wa of choice and that helps determine the other converters. Of the three converters, the distance between the rear converter optics and the camera lens is most critical with the wide angle converter to keep vignetting to a minimum. The 6600 has 52mm rear threads (and 72mm front). In order to get the lens as close to the extendedfz10/15/20 lens as possible, you will need the 52mm raynox rt5264p tube adapter ($16US).
Macro converters: The Nikon 4t and Canon 250d macro are both available in 52mm. The 250d is about twice the price of the 4t. I'd get the 4t ($40US).
That brings us to the teles. There are many (too many?)to choose from.A number offz owners are quite happy with the oly tcon17 1.7x ($100US), myself included. That's a 55mm tele and will require a 52-55mm step-up ring with the rt5264p. Thereare the 52mm raynox 1540pro (1.54x) and the 1850pro (1.85x).

For fz20 w/ 1540pro samples seehttp://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11

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Old Mar 29, 2005, 11:23 PM   #5
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The 1850 pro Raynox is only for cameras with opticalzoom that is less than 6x. It would not be a good choice for the FZ's. I have a LC40 which would be a better fit for the 1850 pro Raynox since it is only 3x optical zoom max.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 2:14 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice guys. After checking out the sites you mentioned I've decided to buy from bugeyedigital.com since I live in South Africa and save on shipping costs if I buy from one place. Before I order something, can you guys tell me what you think of this setup(for the FZ20)


Raynox DCR-6600PRO 0.66x Pro Wide Angle Lens - $ 99.95



Raynox RT5264P Lens Adapter (52mm) - $ 15.95



Raynox DCR-1540PRO 1.54x High Definition Telephoto Lens - $ 114.95



Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Close Up Lens - $ 49.95
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 2:23 AM   #7
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You have good taste.

All of them are a good pick.

If you haven't looked at the adapter, UV filter and Linear Ploarizer for $49.95 it would be good to pick that up instead of just the adapter. The package deal is a pretty good price for all three. That is if you don't already have 52mm filters.

This would be fairly complete.

Keep in mind the DCR 250 has been a bit tricky to work with. You might want to PM treemonkey on his thoughts about that one.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 6:32 AM   #8
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I have the DCR250 macro and use it a lot, but am also looking to get a Nikon 6T (62mm) now. Although the DCR250 takes great shots once you get the hang of it, I feel that sometimes I don't want to be quite THATclose - yes, there is such a thing as being too close LOL!


If I were youI would either buy both the 4T and the DCR250, or if current funds don't allow - start with the 4T and get the DCR250 later.

Here are a couple of my DCR250 shots:

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Old Mar 30, 2005, 6:43 AM   #10
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Hi Suze, thanks for sharing your pictures. Do you use an external flash when using the lense.
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