cheap raynox solution to macro


luckylu

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 19:41
Was interested in finding an inexpensive way into macro this is the cheapest I've found this at.
https://www.photo24.co.uk/raynox-dcr-250-macro-lens

RobL

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 22:07
I cannot comment on this one but I have a Marumi close-up filter which gives excellent results, the difference being it has a conventional thread so for different size lenses needs an adaptor ring. Handy and small enough to keep in the bag for when an opportunity arises.
Last Edited by RobL on 12/03/2019 - 22:13

luckylu

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 22:36
seen this one recommended on Pentaxforums .com and gets some good write ups there. there are some gret insect pics taken on there with it too. its sitting 20 quid cheaper than amazon and one on ebay for a lot more good buy I think.

derek897

Link Posted 13/03/2019 - 09:05
It's a pretty decent and cheap way to get into macro. Especially if your not sure it's for you. Works well on most lenses, if using a zoom, just zoom out till the vignetting stops.
They're light and cheap, and add no real weight in your bag.
If you don't like it, sell it on.
I know what i like, If not always why.

HarisF1

Link Posted 13/03/2019 - 09:16
I've got one, tried it on my D-FA100 and it was pretty macro-y. Not used it outdoors though, might be an idea for when the weather improves.

davidwozhere

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 00:56
If you already own a 135mm lens then buy a cheap set of Russian bellows off E bay. It will set you back all of £10. You might need a Pentax M42 to K mount adapter, depending on your 135mm's mount. That will give you better than 1:1 macro and much better than Raynox for considerably less cash ! Derek will confirm that this arrangement can be hand held around the garden with no trouble at all. Google "how to use macro bellows" for instructions (it's easy).
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luckylu

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 09:00
davidwozhere wrote:
If you already own a 135mm lens then buy a cheap set of Russian bellows off E bay. It will set you back all of £10. You might need a Pentax M42 to K mount adapter, depending on your 135mm's mount. That will give you better than 1:1 macro and much better than Raynox for considerably less cash ! Derek will confirm that this arrangement can be hand held around the garden with no trouble at all. Google "how to use macro bellows" for instructions (it's easy).

Hi Dave and thanks for the tip however I was wanting something portable and easy to just use when I'm on my travels which didn't involve going to the expense of buying a new lens, and although your option could be done on a budget the convenience of the Raynox wins it for me.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/74221-raynox-macro-club.html seems to get great results and as a real novice at macro think I am making the right choice. Although have never dealt with Photo 24 before so might get it off Amazon and pay a little more.

Mike-P

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 11:17
I carry a Raynox DCR-250 around with me all the time, excellent bit of kit. It's best on lenses above 135mm and can also give you much closer magnification on a macro lens should you really get into it.

Pentax F 135mm f/2.8 & Raynox


Ok, just for a change ... A fly by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

DA* 50-135mm and Raynox


Bee by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr


Scorpion fly by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

Even on a DA 55-300mm


Spider by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr
Last Edited by Mike-P on 14/03/2019 - 11:19

Chrism8

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 14:39
Excellent shots Mike
Chris

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Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

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RobL

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 15:29
I remember now why I opted for the Marumi screw on option, it fits on the Pentax 100mm macro lens but at 49mm thatís too small for the Raynox. Good to hear otherís experience of the Raynox and Mikeís examples really sell it. Neat idea to just clip onto the lens but itís size limits the lens choice.

Mike-P

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 15:47
It fits on the 49mm macro fine with the supplied adapter ... goes all the way up to around 67mm if I remember correctly.


IMG_20190314_153514-01 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

Chrism8 wrote:
Excellent shots Mike

Cheers Chris.
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr
Last Edited by Mike-P on 14/03/2019 - 15:50

RobL

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 16:14
Oh thatís even better then.

HarisF1

Link Posted 14/03/2019 - 17:00
I just realised the one I have is the MSN-505. Really high magnification but quite challenging to use.
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