Macro with the Panasonic 45-175mm / Raynox DCR-250

Discussion in 'Nature' started by wjiang, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I just found a used Raynox DCR-250 at my local store for about 35 USD. I had heard good things about it but I was nevertheless blown away by how well it works on the P45-175! It is easily the best makeshift macro combination I've tried compared to previous experiences with the O12-40, O12-50, O45, O40-150R and P45-175 plus various extension tubes and achromatic dioptres.






    These are at 1.88x magnification (plus some cropping), lit with off camera flash. The working distance at 175mm is great but getting into the right focusing range at high magnification can be a challenge - I'm finding that I typically need to zoom out to 45mm for initial subject acquisition.
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  2. atarijedi

    atarijedi Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2015
    Very cool, I'm also amazed at how good the images are. The in-focus parts of the legs in the first picture remind me of false coloured electron microscope images.
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  3. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Thanks - and yeah, the excellent reputation of the Raynox is well deserved.
  4. travelbug

    travelbug Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2014
    What's your workable focus range at 175?
  5. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    For manual focus, approximately 1cm from MFD to infinity equivalent. This translates to approximately 9-10cm from the front element of the Raynox. It's too small for autofocus really, I tend to leave it at MFD and move the camera. The 45-175 is almost parfocal so zooming out and in to acquire and reframe is not a problem.
  6. SrPantuflas

    SrPantuflas Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2013
    Chile, South America.
    Love the images!
    do you recommend this combo for someone who wants to buy a tele zoom and a macro but since is not his pmian lens/style of shooting don't want to spend too much $$$?
  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    The specific telezoom is less important, the Raynox DCRs are one of the best though, along with the Marumi DHG achromatic dioptres if you can get either for a good price. If you're just starting out I'd go with a smaller magnification like the DCR-150, easier to work with.
  8. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    For a very low price (about $70 used), naturecloseups recommended this Nikon 75-240 zoom: PEN E-PL1: Cheap thrills

    I doubt that it's quite as sharp as the 45-175, but some of the examples naturecloseups posted in the thread are excellent.
  9. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hmm I'd much prefer one of those $99 Olympus 40-150R deals that turn up from time to time. I used to own one, there's not much between the two for sharpness. I mostly just preferred the ergonomics of the Panasonic.

    Edit: Seems like there's one of those deals on now:

    Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R Zoom Lens $99
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  10. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
    Nice work!

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  11. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    Great images; I'm going to try with with my 45-175!

    2 quick questions; Are these shots all handheld? And how do you defuse your flash?
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  12. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I missed the notification somehow. These are all hand-held, any diffusion is done using a makeshift 1L yoghurt container + tracing paper diffuser attached to the flash head.
  13. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    #3 is my pick, nice shots.

    It is a good combo, 45-175 lens and achromat - got one in reserve. But prefer the output of the Oly 60/f2.8 + achromat.
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  14. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    That last one reminds me of "Ford Point". :). Nice shots.

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  15. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    Very impressive. I use mine with the P14-140 and Ol60mm macro off the lenshood.
  16. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Fantastic shots!
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