Christopher R. Murphy [deleted] 8:13am, 3 January 2010
i was torn between getting a raynox dcr-250 or a screw on type diopter kit. i use to have a 1 2 3 hoya kit for my 22-80mm canon which took some great close ups. I just ordered a 1 2 4 10 kit for my canon 50mm 1.8. its the fastest and sharpest lens i own. So i figure with the 10x (since the raynox is 8x) i should be able to get some insane closeups. I can also stack the filters too... i'm excited :) I'll have to pick up a tripod again so i can play around in the house until winter is over and the bugs come back!
Christopher R. Murphy [deleted] 8 years ago
also if anyone happens to have a 50mm 1.8 with a 10x diopter. i would love to see some examples of what i should be able to pull off :)
Christopher R. Murphy [deleted] 8 years ago
lol not a very talkative bunch i see,, lol
♥ Annieta  Posted 8 years ago. Edited by ♥ Annieta  (admin) 8 years ago
no that's my problem also.....most of the people here post and's a shame...sorry!!!
And I cannot answer your question because I'm not using a diopter...:))
SteffenK76 8 years ago
I use a canon 500d close up lens on my Nikkor 55-200 vr.
But I have received for Christmas from my wife and am still waiting for spring.
I think with the lens that I've become much more fun.
Dialed-in! PRO 8 years ago
I use two diopter lenses... 17.5x, and a 10x diopter lens. I have had pretty good success with this combination...
Trevor Jolley PRO 8 years ago
Are there good advantages in using diopter lenses rather than extension tubes? Any recommendations on the best makes of diopter lenses? Thanks for any replies.
canart [deleted] 8 years ago
yes I use diopters, generally always have 2x on, but also carry 10x its a bit heavy for my AF so tend to handhold it. Also been know to use hand-held magnifying glass-even my own glasses at a pinch.
Not greatly impressed with extension tubes-not outdoors at any rate.
convenience more than anything.
Ron Hay PRO Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Ron Hay (member) 7 years ago
My post today of a spider was with a Nikon 5T on the front of a Nikon 75-300mm. I have a Nikon 105mm VR micro lens, tubes, this 5T and a few other options for macro shots. Although there may be technical differences in quality between the choices on a lab bench, I expect I am the greatest quality variable in determining the quality of the final image so I just enjoy experimenting with a different combination each time that I go out. Sometimes things work out better than I expect, sometimes they don't.
Pixel-Pusher Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Pixel-Pusher (member) 5 years ago
It looks like this is about a year to late to help Christopher; but it might be of help to others.

ADVANTAGES: The diopters are inexpensive, compact, light weight (as are extension tubes), offer multiple choices of magnification (as do extension tubes), let in the greatest amount of light (important if not using a tripod or strobes, and offer the greatest amount of convenience; finally they work on cameras that don't have interchangeable lenses.

DISADVANTAGES: The diopters are slightly - moderately less sharp than extension tubes or bellows (especially at higher magnifications); and perhaps most important, at a given magnification, they have a much shallower depth of field.

Diopters in the +10 and above range tend to increase distortion. This is where the Raynox and similar multi-element diopters are worth the extra money (they have pretty good sharpness and VERY low distortion. This is an example of an extreme case of distortion from a single element +10 diopter. Note: most diopters are better than this, especially the multi-element ones.
In this case I think the tension created by the distortion works to the photo's advantage.

I forgot that my old Olympus E-10 didn't have interchangeable lenses so I used a +4 & a +2 = +6 routinely and got some great results.
Buffalo Wings
I also used an ultra expensive (5¢) Styrofoam cup with a rectangular hole in the bottom so I could slip it over the camera's pop-up flash for the lighting

The best use for a 50mm f/1.8 lens or faster is reversed and attached to the front of a longer lens that is attached to the camera. (50mm is equivalent to a +20 diopter lens of extremely high quality. This medium housefly was shot with a 58mm f/1.2 (equivalent to +17.24 diopters) reversed on the front of a 105mm lens.
I don't think so...
As you can see it is extremely sharp; but the DOF is insanely shallow. (The higher the diopter number the more shallow the depth of field.)

Extension tubes are slightly more expensive than diopters; take up more space in a camera bag; and most importantly suck up light like crazy. They are distortion free and give a greater DOF than diopters at a given magnification & f/ stop. One or two modern strobe lights (for as little as $50 each) solve the light sucking and f/ stop (DOF) problems at the same time.

I am planning to work on a new solution using three very small strobes that can be purchased for $5 each! With luck the finished device with three goose neck mounted strobes on a ring mounted on front of the lens will only cost about $40.
Jaume Bobet PRO 5 years ago
Have you considered to buy a dedicated macro objective?
There are a lot an of different prices.
I started en macro using dioptries, then Raynox DCR 250, and finaly.. I own 2 macro objectives. This is the best solution.
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