Macro lens suggestions for FZ200 ... HELP

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leerob
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Macro lens suggestions for FZ200 ... HELP
Nov 2, 2012

I need to buy excellent macro lens. Is B+W close-up lens any good?

I'm hoping for !:1 ratio or better, if possible.

Please help.

Thanks!

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In reply to leerob, Nov 3, 2012

leerob wrote:

I need to buy excellent macro lens. Is B+W close-up lens any good?

I'm hoping for !:1 ratio or better, if possible.

Please help.

Thanks!

You have started several macro threads in the last few weeks and got excellent answers, including myssvictoria's post http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50067062. The most popular lenses have been discussed here, except your B+W close-up lens. I would only consider it if it were an achromat.

I have shown some of my own macro shots here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50054581. These shots correspond to your desired focal length of up to 1.5'.

Or do you want to be this close? Also Olympus, A-LifeSize macro.

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I have chance to buy at reasonable price Leica Elpro VIa or VIIa, but don't know, if it's any good or what diameter (tread size). Comments.

Do I have to mount close-up lens on LA7? If so, then I need 55mm thread, right?

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Do I have to mount close-up lens on LA7?

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leerob wrote:

Do I have to mount close-up lens on LA7?

No, macro lenses can be mounted directly onto the FZ200 lens, which has a 52mm thread. Depending on the macro lens you may need an appropriate step adapter.

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Which new Macro lens would you recommend for the FZ200 in the 52mm size?

I have an old set of Prisma +1, +2, and +3  (52mm) filters.

Not sure if they would work with the FZ200 though.

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without a second look the canon 500d is amazing screw it straight to the lens.

cheers don



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Much thanks for the recommendation, found it!     (^_^)

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Thanks!

I wasn't sure, because Panasonic recommends LA7 and I thought why, so better to double check.

BTW tomorrow I should get my polarizer and step-up ring for DC58A, so I'll try it out soon.

I guess I'm not to good at improvising to fit stuff on my camera.

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okay, bought 500D from B&H. Should have it on 7TH

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Balifly wrote:

Which new Macro lens would you recommend for the FZ200 in the 52mm size?

I have an old set of Prisma +1, +2, and +3 (52mm) filters.

Not sure if they would work with the FZ200 though.

Many years ago I bought one of those simple +1, +2, +3 close-up lens sets. That was back in my analogue SLR days in high school, and I couldn't afford anything else. Made by Coastar.

I dug them out of my "old camera" drawer and tried them on my FZ150. I was disappointed by the results. Too much obvious CA, even on the +1 lens. In my SLR days I was shooting Tri-X and Plus-X almost exclusively, so CA wasn't such a big deal.

Since you have them, give them a try.

If I were going to buy a macro lens for the FZ150 I'd look first at the Raynox DCR-150.

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Too much obvious CA, even on the +1 lens. In my SLR days I was shooting Tri-X and Plus-X almost exclusively, so CA wasn't such a big deal.

Since you have them, give them a try.

If I were going to buy a macro lens for the FZ150 I'd look first at the Raynox DCR-150.

Thanks for the reply!

What is "CA", I am not familiar with the abbreviation.

I have found the Raynox DCR-150, it is about the same price as the  Canon 500D Close-up Lens.

There should be some previous forum postings comparing the two lenses.

The FZ200 is relatively new to me, I have only had it for about six weeks.

It has been great as a travel camera on my recent trip to Kuta, Bali and Shanghai China.

Too bad I did not have a close up lens for the tropical flowers, next time.   

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Balifly wrote:

RevsCam wrote:


Too much obvious CA, even on the +1 lens. In my SLR days I was shooting Tri-X and Plus-X almost exclusively, so CA wasn't such a big deal.

Since you have them, give them a try.

If I were going to buy a macro lens for the FZ150 I'd look first at the Raynox DCR-150.

Thanks for the reply!

What is "CA", I am not familiar with the abbreviation.

I have found the Raynox DCR-150, it is about the same price as the Canon 500D Close-up Lens.

There should be some previous forum postings comparing the two lenses.

The FZ200 is relatively new to me, I have only had it for about six weeks.

It has been great as a travel camera on my recent trip to Kuta, Bali and Shanghai China.

Too bad I did not have a close up lens for the tropical flowers, next time.

Chromatic Abberration. It means not all colors focus at exactly the same point. It results in a slight color fringing around high contrast boundaries. Usually blue on one side, red on the other.

I think for flowers, you'd probably be fine without a macro lens. Just use full telephoto and set the focusing to macro. Sure, you will be about 2 meters away but it works well. There's another recent thread called "FZ150 First butterfly" that would give you a good example. The 200 should be about the same.

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Chromatic Abberration. It means not all colors focus at exactly the same point. It results in a slight color fringing around high contrast boundaries. Usually blue on one side, red on the other.

I think for flowers, you'd probably be fine without a macro lens. Just use full telephoto and set the focusing to macro. Sure, you will be about 2 meters away but it works well. There's another recent thread called "FZ150 First butterfly" that would give you a good example. The 200 should be about the same.

Thanks again, I will  go  do some reading of the "Butterfly" post.

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I have been asking a lot of people including professionals about this without getting an answer yet. Hopefully someone here can shed a little light. What is the difference between mounting a 55mm closeup lens on the LA7 adapter (in which case this lens remains stationary while the main lens moves in and out behind it) and mounting a 52mm closeup lens on the lens itself and consequently the closeup lens moves with the main lens? Is there a difference in quality or technique? I would appreciate any comments regarding this. Thanks

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Danninvan wrote:

I have been asking a lot of people including professionals about this without getting an answer yet. Hopefully someone here can shed a little light. What is the difference between mounting a 55mm closeup lens on the LA7 adapter (in which case this lens remains stationary while the main lens moves in and out behind it) and mounting a 52mm closeup lens on the lens itself and consequently the closeup lens moves with the main lens? Is there a difference in quality or technique? I would appreciate any comments regarding this. Thanks

Mounting the lens on the LA7 can give you some vignetting as you back off the zoom, but that's rarely an issue because you'll generally be in the high zoom range.

The closeup lens is a "fixed distance to subject" lens - so if you mount the lens on the LA7, you can change zoom without moving the camera, and the subject will stay in focus.  If you mount the lens on the camera itself, then you'll need to move the camera when you change the zoom, which can be a nuisance

I know of no difference in image quality

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Thanks very much for that Sherm.

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Raynox 150 (I have this, very good)

Raynox 250 (I don't have this, but I have seen many nice macro photos)

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In reply to Ric Cheng, 5 months ago

In addition to what Sherm said about the tube...it acts as a nice "protector" for the lens (against bumps and dirt/ dust).

I have a Raynox 250 and the Kiwi tube (Ebay-model LA-55F200). I added a 55mm-43mm step down ring to mount the Raynox to the tube. Also added a 49mm pinch-style lens cap to the Raynox. This is a nice combination.

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