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Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-On Lens

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  • RAYNOX DCR-250 lens includes a snap-on universal mount
  • Suitable for 52mm to 67mm filter size
  • DCR-250 Super Macro lens obtains the maximum macro magnification power when set at the most telephoto position of zoom lens
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Raynox
  • Model: DCR-250
  • Lens Type: Macro
  • Item Display Diameter: 53 mm

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches ; 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000A1SZ2Y
  • Item model number: DCR-250
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 22, 2006

Product Description

The lens includes a snap-on universal mount suitable for 52mm to 67mm filter size.DCR-250 Super Macro lens obtains the maximum macro magnification power when set at the most telephoto position of zoom lens. The lens is made of high index optical glass elements which produce rich and razor sharp image. 49mm Front filter size 2G/3E Hi-Index Optical Glass Snap-on Universal Adapter DCR-250 is also suitable to High Definition Camcorders. Specifications & Measurements Magnification: 8-Diopter Lens construction: 2-group/3-element, Coated optical glass elements Front Filter thread: 49mm Mounting thread: 43mm Dimension: 18mm x 53mm Weight: 60g(2.1oz) Accessories UAC2000 Universal adapter Lens case Lens caps Instruction manuals

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this lens to anyone who likes macro photography.
M. Hudson
The camera should be put into MACRO focus mode to aid in focusing, but focus is achieved by physically moving the camera back and forth.
dsk
Installation is as easy as taking off the front/back caps on the lens and clipping it onto a lens that fits.
Hien Nguyen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Nick Tropiano on February 9, 2005
Ignore the bonehead who blew a gasket (below) over a customer service issue, and childishly decided to flame the manufacturer on all of their listings here. Raynox products are well-made, have good optics, and are a good value.

This particular macro lens is ->extrememly<- powerful! Because of this it has a ->very<- low depth of field. If you're new to macro photography I might recommend the Nikon 6t, but if you want the most powerful macro lens in its class, go with this one. It uses a spring clip to attach to the lens, which means you don't need to buy step-up/down rings.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hind on July 9, 2006
This excellent product was well-recommended on forums such as DPReview. Works great with My Panasonic FZ30. The trick for really close work is to get an approximate focus using AF if you can, but then switch to manual focus and move physically to get what you want - I'm thinking here of chasing bugs etc. Of course you have to be patient and you need to practice - just remember your first few shots might be disappointing, although OIS helps

Otherwise for still subjects a tripod will obviously give a better result. Frankly, used with something decent like the FZ30 this outperforms glass on an SLR costing many times more.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amol on March 8, 2011
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It a great piece of glass for macro photography on a budget. I use this with 18-55mm and 55-250mm on my T2i camera. It took me a while to take great photos and I want to share my finding with you.

1. You need a higher F number so that everything is in focus (F11-F32) otherwise only 1 tiny part of the subject is in focus.
2. You need to set your lens on infinity focus and then move your camera forward and backward till you get the subject in focus.
3. I use the viewfinder to focus on subject and as soon as I hear the beep I click the shot.
4. To prevent camera shake (while holding it in hand) use higher shutter speed.
5. Use manual mode of your camera to set high F number and high shutter speed.
6. Use manual focusing, press the button halfway and move closer to your subject, as soon as you hear the focus beep press the shutter button completely to take the shot.
7. In some situation I also used LCD screen as the subject was too small and it worked out well.
8. Create a homemade diffuser to avoid shadows on your subject. I just attach a Styrofoam plate in front of the lens so that the light is diffused.

As I said earlier, the lens is of good quality and I have no complains as far as the quality of image is concerned. I hope this review helps you!
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Roshan Kamath on May 6, 2007
I've been suitably impressed with the Super Macro - it takes macro photography to entirely new levels. Using the Super Macro does demand greater patience & stability from the photographer; and one has to take some time to 're-learn' the new limits of depth of field/focus for one's favourite camera when employing the lens. However, if you are a serious macro photographer you are probably employing due diligence in this area anyway.

The resulting images are extremely crisp & clean. I haven't had any occasion to complain on any aspect of the quality of the images provided I take enough care to ensure that the subject is correctly in focus.

My decision to buy this lens was also motivated, in part, by the Snap-on Universal mount that goes with it. It really is snap-on and significantly reduces 'mounting' time. I'm really pleased that I don't have to screw the Super Macro into my lens threads.

Highly recommended for the serious macro photographer.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tiberiu Tesileanu on July 10, 2008
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This is a really good macro lens. Using it on my 18-55 mm Canon lens, I got 1:2 magnification, which is good, but not amazing. Most of the times I am using it with my Sigma DG 70-300 mm zoom lens, and in this setting the DCR-250 achieves an amazing 3.5:1 magnification ratio! (in both cases I use maximal telephoto)

With this amount of magnification come a few problems: most importantly, the depth-of-field is extremely small. Lowering the aperture as much as possible will help, but you still have trouble getting even both eyes of a bug in focus at the same time -- people often combine multiple exposures to obtain the incredible bug shots that you can find online. Of course, lowering the aperture also means *very* little light will get into the camera, so you most likely will need to use an external flash when taking macro shots (the internal flash will likely be hindered by the lens + macro lens combination, since the focusing distance is about 10 cm with the DCR-250). There are also ring flashes, specially designed for macro photography, though I'm not sure how easy it is to fit both a ring flash and this adapter on a lens.

In a word, this is a very good alternative to buying a much more expensive dedicated macro lens. The adapter that comes with the DCR-250 allows it to attach to basically any lens, and you can actually successfully use it with many point-and-shoot cameras. It takes a while to get used to it before you can take great shots, but it's worth it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wade on August 14, 2012
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I went after this based on recommendations from a few sources, all basically saying "sure, you can get diopter filters, but this is way better, and worth the extra cost". So I had an expectation that it would be pretty decent, but I remained somewhat cynical. It exceeds that middling expectation pretty handily, though.

I'm still tabulating a whole slew of controlled tests to compare it with various alternatives, but my initial impression based on those is that it's surprisingly close in usability even to Nikon's 105mm Micro. Obviously it's not as sharp generally, and definitely not in the corners, especially if you put this on a "wide"-angle lens - below about 35mm (equiv) the actual ring itself becomes visible, let alone any precursor vignetting etc. But under telephoto that goes away, naturally. I've tried it from 27-450 (equiv) and generally prefer it from about 80 to 300 (beyond that DOF is just too small for hand-held work, although the magnification is impressive).

But since you're working with a very limited depth of field anyway, and I generally have my subject centred in frame, the soft edges are indistinguishable from the bokeh. If, on the other hand, you were doing full-frame subjects, or off-centre, then you'd be seeing real big differences and this probably wouldn't be your best option.

And chromatic aberration is high. It's not really visible in the centre 50% or so of the frame, but beyond that it becomes increasingly obvious. If you take neutral-coloured shots it's not too bad, but if you prefer vivid effects, it stands out like a sore thumb. Unlike the blurriness, the chromatic aberration shows up on the bokeh just the same, so it's always visible.
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