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Raynox Macro-explorer set

Raynox 1.5x and 2.5x Macro Explorer example shots -- by Joanne (dpreview, Panasonic forum, 7 March 2004)

Steve `ssteppe' (dpreview, Panasonic forum, 12 March 2004)...

I didn't understand how the adapter worked {i.e. attached to the camera} until I purchased it...it works just like the lens cap -- you just squeeze the sides (spring-loaded) and attach it to the lens. Very lightweight, so no stress on the lens. It also fits onto the Yoshida adapter.
Bernard `lewisinde' (dpreview, Panasonic forum, 13 March 2004)...

I recieved the Raynox explorer set yesterday and tried it out. My first impression is that it takes very good photos with the FZ10 with a tripod. Having two different powers gives you a lot of options. Without a tripod, the picture is best focused by moving in and out with the camera like other macros...since its hard to stay very still, some of your photos may not be in focus. I wonder how many macro photos of insects these people with the great shots are taking before they get a good one in focus. Maybe the insects are sleeping or quite possibly dead!

Anyhow, I was impressed with the photos and will post some soon as I collect enough. There is small vignetting at the smaller zooms. Once you get past 4x for the 1.5 lens and 6x on the 2.5 lens, there is none, and I think that is where you would want to use it anyhow...the magnification is incredible!

There are only two negatives with the kit: 1) The vignetting that I already talked about at lower zooms due to the lens diameters of about 35 mm...no problem once you zoom, and 2) if you forget to take the adaptor off when you shut off the camera or the battery power ends, the camera will try to close the lens but won't be able to and this could possibly damage the motor that closes the camera.

SOLUTION: If you buy the yoshida adaptor for $50 or pemarral PD62 adaptor for about $30 you won't have to worry about damaging camera since you can clip the Raynox adaptor right onto the end of the pemarral or yashida adaptors and not on the camera...hence, no damage to the camera motor.
See also the Raynox Macro-Explorer and B-Macro comparison in Section [*].


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