I’ve taken quite a few nice macro shots with my go-to macro gear (Sigma DP3 Merrill and Marumi DHG200 achromatic lens) in the past. Being curious as I am, I’ve wondered for quite some time, how this combo would perform, if one were to screw an additional achromatic lens on to the Marumi. Since this thought just didn’t leave me alone, I finally gave in and bought a Raynox DCR-250 a few days ago. I’ve added a couple of photos of the DP3M and the two achromatic lenses down below. From left to right: DP3M, Marumi DHG200, Raynox DCR-250, Raynox adapter for filter threads with 52mm to 67mm diameters.
While unboxing the Raynox I was quite surprised by its size, since I expected it to be much smaller. Attached to the adapter it’s a real giant among achromatic lenses. This is what the DP3M looks like with both Marumi and Raynox achromatic lenses attached:
Well, it’s an interesting-looking combo to be sure, but what you are no doubt eager to find out, is what kind of a magnification factor it’s capable of. Since the weather is horrible right now, I decided to take some photos of a measuring tape. The first photo down below was shot without either of the achromatic lenses. The magnification factor is 1:3.
For the following photo I attached the Marumi DHG200 to the DP3M’s lens. The magnification factor is around 1:1.6, if I’m not mistaken.
And now the Marumi DHG200 and the Raynox DCR-250 stacked on top of each other:
The combo is clearly capable of a 1:1 magnification factor! I can’t wait to shoot some real photos with it. 🙂