2 weeks ago
Garden Orb Weaver
Recently I got my Raynox DCR-250 and I've been excited to use it. It's a small 8 Diopter lens which is attached to the front of the lens. I bought that expensive piece of glass (yes that's all that is, a magnifying glass) to increase the magnification that I shoot at. It works perfectly. Thanks to the lens I can shoot at half the working distance with my current set up with a greater magnification.
The DCR-250 is a pretty delicate piece of gear to have, it's full glass with a plastic cover, no metal parts mean it will break easily if dropped or the glass faces will get scratched. It's considerably expensive as well, coming at a cost of INR 9700 and above (US$137, Ca$181, €125, £111), it's not a budget friendly alternative for many Photographers, especially children. Being made in Japan it's cost comes because of the R&D (Research and Development) put into it's making.
Downsides: Not water/moisture proof, shockproof, dust proof or even shock resistant. So handle with care!
How's the Image quality?
It's made with 3 High Index coated Glass elements, meaning that Not only is it optically superb (by the built of the lenses) there are almost no distortions or chromatic aberrations (by the coatings). Is it different to shoot with this attachment?
Yes, significantly. Using the 50mm with Extensions I have a pretty good Magnification so the shake is pretty easy to get rid of. But as soon as the Raynox is added it seems like the subject is extremely close to me and controlling my shake becomes much harder. The good thing is that it comes with a universal adapter for 52-67 mm thread sizes so one adapter will fit a lot of lens sizes.
What happens to the area in focus with the Raynox
Naturally, as your magnification increases the area in focus decreases (given that the aperture remains same). When using the Raynox the f/8.0 aperture looks somewhat like f/5.6.
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