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Old Apr 9, 2014, 9:09 AM   #1
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I've read that the Raynox closeup lens works well with the FZ150. I want to use it primarily for shooting insects. My hope is that this lens will give greater magnification, closer to the subject. If it will do that, which model should I get?
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The DOF is VERY shallow with the Raynox DCRs. I have both. Start with the 150 and see how you like it.
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Raynox lenses are macro conversion lenses. They mount onto the end of lens you've got. Anything that you place over your lens will reduce image quality, but in addition, while Raynox lenses are sharp in the center, they are quite soft off-center, especially at the edges and corners.

If you're serious about macrophotography, I suggest you get a genuine macro lens and an interchangeable lens camera.
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Hi,
I've read that the Raynox closeup lens works well with the FZ150. I want to use it primarily for shooting insects. My hope is that this lens will give greater magnification, closer to the subject. If it will do that, which model should I get?
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You have +1, +2 and +3 diopters. Which combination do you want?
 
The 3 combined should be the same as the 150, and a +1 and +3 combined will be the same as the 250. The +2 is the same as a 500D.
 
You don't have to guess. You know exactly what you will get.
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Hi Gary,
I'm not going to fork out the money for this lens, if it won't cut it. What do you think?
Hi TCav,
Yes... I'm serious, but not that serious.
Hi BB,
I have a set of cheap diopters. I have tried 1+2, but the field is very shallow. I haven't tried 1+3.
I really just want to get closer to my subject for macros, instead of being a metre of two away.
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I'm not going to fork out the money for this lens, if it won't cut it. What do you think?

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It's up to you. You can always sell it if it doesn't work out for you.
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When you use the +3 alone are you too close or not close enough?

You should be @13 inches or 1/3 meter from the subject and the camera will focus at that point and somewhat closer, but not farther away.

Measure the distance from the subject to tripod mount, not the lens.
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... I have a set of cheap diopters. I have tried 1+2, but the field is very shallow. ...[Emphasis mine. -TCav]
Spending more isn't going to change that. If you can't get the depth of field you want with inexpensive close-up lenses, you're not going to get it with expensive close-up lenses either. What you're paying for is built quality and optical quality. An expensive close-up lens will give you better contrast and sharper subjects within the depth of field, not a deeper depth of field.
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Ask yourself: Would I be happy with this?

It was taken with the Fujifilm HS50EXR and Raynox DCR-250.

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Hi BB,
Yes, the +3 works fairly well, good magnification, at a reasonable distance; but the DOF is so shallow that it's nearly impossible to use hand held. (I also suspect that the camera may be saying that the shot is in focus when it's slightly out.) Does using a smaller aperture make much difference wrt to the DOF (with Macros)?
Hi Gary,
Yes, this is a nice shot.
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Thanks. That's good to know.
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