Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens Adapter Review

First let me tell you that I was surprised with the result. I only do macro photography occasionally and this conversion lens is exactly what I need.

The Raynox DCR-250 is a conversion lens that attaches to an existing lens. It comes with a universal snap-on mount that will fit lenses in the 52mm to 67mm diameter range.  With the DCR-250 you can have an instant macro lens when attached to your existing lens for a much cheaper price. You can also use it if you already have a Macro Lenses to get much closer to your subject.

What the DCR-250 actually does is, it reduces the lens minimum focusing distance enabling you to get  much closer to the subject enhancing the magnification power of your existing lens.

Specification:

  • Type : Conversion Lens with Adapater
  • Snap on Mount : Will fit lenses with 52mm to 67mm filter size
  • Front Size: 49mm
  • Magnification : 2.5x

The DCR-250 is designed to be attached at the front of a lens.

The Raynox DCR-250 comes with a nice plastic case. Inside the case is the small lens with front and rear rubberized plastic lens caps, on a separate bag is the included snap-on adapter. After close inspection of the product you can tell that it is made entirely of  plastic, except the lens itself and according to the manual the lens is made of three elements which was designed for more macro magnifying power when compare to cheaper Raynox DCR-150. The DCR-250 is designed to be attached at the front of a lens with the use of the included snap-on adapter(see photo above).

To use the DCR-250 one has to screw the macro close-up lens into the universal snap-on adapter. With the DCR-250 securely attached, you can then mount in on your lens by pressing the two notch on each side.

Performance:

I was actually surprise with the initial result. The Raynox DCR-250 perform really well. For this initial test, I use my medium telephoto, the Tamron AF 28-75mm SP F/2.8, a Canon EOS 60D and a tripod. The two photos were all taken at 75mm. The first photo below was shot with just the Tamron 28-75mm.

Shot with only the Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8

 

This second photo was shot with the Raynox DCR-250 attached to the front of the Tamron 28-75mm.

With Raynox DCR-250 attached to the front of the Tamron 28-75mm

The Raynox DCR-250 enables me to get much closer to the subject giving me much more magnification by cutting the minimum focus distance of my existing lens. However I noticed one downside when using this with the Tamron AF 28-27mm SP F/2.8, it caused vignetting at 75mm. The vignetting seems to be consistent on  75mm  focal length as you will see on the second photo below.

Shot without the Raynox DCR-250

With Raynox DCR-250

Overall, it seems to perform really well. With the Raynox DCR-250, I can use my existing lenses and utilized them as a macro lens for a cheap price. I like it better than my Pro Optic Auto Extension Tube, simply because it is much easier to attached to my lens. With the DCR-250 I don’t need to remove the lens from the camera, attached the Extension tube and re-attached the lens. This is really easy to use and can produced equally excellent result. I was never a big fan of screw-in close up lenses because the few that I have tried were really disappointing that is why I stick with the extension tube, but the DCR-250 changes it all. I can even combine both the extension tube and the dcr-250 for maximum magnification, but that’s for a different post.

For those in a budget who are looking for a cheap way to do macro photography, I can highly recommend this Raynox DCR-250 2.5x Super Macro Lens for use with your existing lenses. As long as you have a lens with a 52mm to 67mm filter size, you are good to go.

So far there are two things I don’t like:

  • the vignetting when attached to the tamron lens at the 75mm focal length (I still need to use it more and use it with other lenses to learn how it performs), and
  • the lens cap/cover. If you notice on some of the photo there are light mark/scratches on the snap-on adapter, this is because the rubber like lens cap is really hard to remove. So I bought a 49mm lens cap like the Maximal Power CA LENCAP49 Snap-On Cap for Lens – 49mm (Black)

The Raynox DCR-250 2.5x Super Macro Lens is available from:

Amazon | B & H | Adorama

I’m looking forward to using this on my other lenses and I would surely like to see it measure up with some bugs.

Photos of the Raynox DCR-250:

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6 thoughts on “Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens Adapter Review

  1. Magda

    Would this conversion lens fit on a canon 100mm makro lens and what would the pro’s and con’s be?

    tks
    Magda

     
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    1. Simplyness

      Oh yes, definitely. I use to have the Canon EF 100mm macro, a great lens, and as I remember it has a 58mm filter thread. The Raynox DCR-250 is suitable on lenses with 52mm to 67mm filter sizes.

       
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  2. Mickey Oberman

    The lens is exceptional. Its brilliant performance came as a surprise to me.
    Those who complain of shallow depth of field and inability to capture moving objects will find exactly the same problems with any device that gives such extreme magnification.

    My only complaint is the adaptor. Unless it has been improved since I bought mine several years ago, it is made of a plastic that is too brittle and hence fragile.
    I am very careful with my photo equipment but two of these adaptors have broken on me. The little tabs that attach the adaptor to the lens have snapped off. I have glued the last one back in place but I have no confidence in its longevity.
    It could have and should have been made thicker and/or of a more robust material.
    I am reluctant to buy a third adapter so if the glue doesn’t hold the lens will, sadly, be retired unless I can find stepping rings to attach the 43mm to my cameras lenses.

     
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  3. Peter Grob

    Love the Raynox DCR 250. Attached to my 18 – 250 mm Zoom together with a 1.4x Converter the setup offers a magnification of 3:1 at the end of the zoom range. Vignetting will occur at focal lengths lower than 100 mm, but that’s mentioned in the description by Raynox. This Macro converters are designed to be used at long focal lengths from the beginning and will deliver the best results above 200 mm.

     
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  4. SEEMA NANDA

    I have a Canon EF 100mm, and bought the Raynox DCR-250. Was so excited to use it, but after I clip it on, all I see is blur. Even tried use the live view and I’m not having luck. Tried both outdoor and indoor. What am I doing wrong please?

     
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