Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens Adapter Review
April 2, 2012
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.
- Type : Conversion Lens with Adapater
- Snap on Mount : Will fit lenses with 52mm to 67mm filter size
- Front Size: 49mm
- Magnification : 2.5x
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.
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.
This second photo was shot with the 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.
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: