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Old Mar 8, 2006, 8:38 AM   #1
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I just learned that the Nikon 6T closeup lens has been discontinued. B&H emailed me this morning with the news, as I had been waiting for it to be restocked so I could buy it.

Bummer, man!

Does anyone know of a good substitute that would have similar capabilities? I could get the 5T, but it's only 1.5 diopter, as opposed to the 6T's 2.9 diopter. I'd really like something with at least 2.0 diopter if possible.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 9:36 AM   #2
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the Olympus MCON-35 is 2 diopter and has 62mm threads...
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 10:25 AM   #3
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Nikon CU 6T and 5T are 62mm thread size.
The Nikon 4T and 3T are the same lenses in 52mm thread size. A possibility for you??

I sometimes stack the 6T and the 5T. I suppose another possibility to obtain the magnification you want would be to stack two 5T's if you can find them.

It's also a favorite item for the Nikon users besides we Panasonic owners as seen at this posting.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=17311356

There may be one or two sources mentioned there that you can constantly monitored in the hope that it shows up.


Only other suggestion is to watch e-bay, and also hope.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 11:04 AM   #4
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this seems to be a common problem. I recently ordered a Nikon 4T from Amazon here in the UK but was repeatedly told it would take another 1-2 weeks. Finally they told me it would actually take another 4-6 weeks so I cancelled the order and ordered a Raynox DCR150 which, I believe, is roughly equivalent to the 4T (the DCR150 came next day!). The DCR250 is a greater diopter but there seems to be some dispute as to the precise diopters of the DCR150 and 250.

I've only played around a bit with it so far, but it's very hard to focus due to the shallow depth of field. The 250 must be even harder. I now have even greater admiration for the people who post fantastic spider shots on this forum (such as tchuanye).

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Old Mar 8, 2006, 4:17 PM   #5
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Hi all

Spookily enough I have just been messing around with my FZ20 and mcon35 lens I use a PD62 adapter. the shots were taken in a low lit room and i used the onboard flash with a diffuser that i borrowed from my vivitar flash. all pics were taken at 12x zoom (i Think) I really have gotta write these things down.

anyway here are the pics nothing exciting just a couple of shots of a computer motherboard


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Old Mar 8, 2006, 4:20 PM   #6
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pic 2

not the greatest macro shots on the planet but practice makes perfect so i'm told
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 6:06 PM   #7
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wadge1 - What is the distance from the camera to the subject with the mcon35 and the fz20 at 12x zoom?
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 6:53 PM   #8
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Hi ladyhawk,
this is my information on achromats so far.
I marked the 6T as expiring, following your posting.



Minolta, Olympus and Nikon- the manufacturers are fading away.
Raynox is ok, but +4 diopt. is quite much and the lens is vignetting below 4*zoom.

All my lenses were bought at ebay - mint condition.
So look at the table if you find used lenses.
distance_cm is the distance between the front lens and the object at 12*zoom.
camera setting from 2m to infinity FZ20,30 or 0,7m to infinity FZ4,5,7
So the mcon35 has a distance to the object between 30 and 35 cm.
Please correct me if I am wrong!

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Old Mar 9, 2006, 2:57 AM   #9
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Excellent post Sven, very useful.

I didn't realise that the diopter value of my new Raynox DCR150 was so high (at 4). I thought it was equivalent to the Nikon 4T. No wonder I find the depth of field shallow. The Raynox DCR250, with a diopter of 8, must be very difficult to use!

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Old Mar 9, 2006, 3:20 AM   #10
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It's a shame, but raynox does not publish the diopters of their lenses.
At least most people don't find them.
There is only information on camera dependant "magnification".
But enjoy this lens, it is hard to start with it. But you will have much fun lateron.

....and if you need some light: turn on this thread!
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23

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