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Old Jun 19, 2010, 9:31 PM   #1
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Having just received Raynox 250 lens and the safe sync hot shoe adapter, I was inspired to do some testing.
First thing I wanted to check was the safe sync. It works fine, does just what its suppose to. I can recommend this one if anyone is thinking of getting one. It was a whopping $5.95 with free shipping! But, I still have a problem firing the Canon ML-1. It must be a problem with the flash itself, because I still have to turn the power pack off and back on before It will fire again. So I went back to the 540 with defuser.

I chose the 50mm f:1.7 lens with the Viv 2X TC to start with. I couldn't find any interesting bugs to shoot so I got a sprig from my crape myrtle tree.


BTW. the EXIF shows this as F:9.5 but, its really F:19 with the 2X TC.




One disappointment was the Raynox won't fit the 49mm threads of my Pentax 50mm lens. So, I chose my Sears 135mm f:2.8 and put the Raynox on it. One of my biggest problms with this flower was trying to get some detail on the stigma on the end of the pistil. I thought this combo worked quite well, even though the DOF is quite shallow.


And here's one focused on the sepal at the base of the style.



Now all I need to do is learn how to stack.
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One disappointment was the Raynox won't fit the 49mm threads of my Pentax 50mm lens.
Ditch the adapter and get a 49 to 43mm step-down ring on ebay (from China for a couple of bucks) - surprisingly good quality, too. You can get them for 52>43 and 58>43mm, too.

Nice work, BTW.
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Yes sir, that's what I had in mind but, I need to step up to 52mm. The Raynox uses a spring loaded system that grabs the inside of your lens's filter threads and 52 is apparently the smallest it will attach to.
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Excellent shots, If you could increase the brightness, details would be more clear.
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Great series GW

I've used the raynox spring adapter on my pentax 50mm (49mm) tread.
The only problem it's it minimum distance and you can't push it on to it, you really have to screw it in.
the easier way is to get an adapter what I did because the push thing is rather big (but great to take with you).

You did move your camera a bit when getting those two shots so automatic stacking didn't work but here's a manual quick and dirty version ...
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That's pretty darn good Ronny, How did you do that?
Just stack them in photo shop, align them up and erase the OOF portion?
I've done it that way but sure is a pain!
I did use my tripod to take these but, must have moved it somehow between shots.
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That's pretty darn good Ronny, How did you do that?
Just stack them in photo shop, align them up and erase the OOF portion?
I've done it that way but sure is a pain!
I did use my tripod to take these but, must have moved it somehow between shots.
you said it, it's a bit more work than fun , on the other hand it's sometimes the only way to go.

Can be that it wasn't the tripod that moved, but the flower (due to wind).
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Yes sir, that's what I had in mind but, I need to step up to 52mm. The Raynox uses a spring loaded system that grabs the inside of your lens's filter threads and 52 is apparently the smallest it will attach to.
GW, I don't understand why you would need a step-up ring for a 49mm lens - attaching the Raynox adapter to a 49>52mm step-up ring will only increase the distance between the lenses and just add unnecessary bulk. The Raynox lens itself has a 43mm thread. You can unscrew the lens from the adapter and attach it to a 49>43mm step-down adapter ring, and screw that directly into the 49mm thread on your lens.
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The Raynox 250 spring loaded adaptor will fit into a 49mm with a little gentle elbow grease. However the 52-49 step-down is a better long-term solution.
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You are both right!
I guess because it was late and I was tired when I was messing with it...

Anyway, I got it on the 50mm and will give it a try soon as I find something to shot.
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