Raynox DCR-150 vs Raynox DCR-250 (Snap-on Lenses for Macro Photography)

Today we are gonna compare 2 Snap-on Macro Lenses by Raynox – Raynox DCR-150 and Raynox DCR-250.

If you are wondering what these lenses are, Raynox macro lenses can be attached in front of any prime or zoom lens to magnify macro subjects and click their sharp and detailed images.

They may not be able to match an actual macro lens, but at the given cost perform very well and are ideal if you don’t wanna burn a huge hole in your pocket.

There are 2 products offered by Raynox here – DCR-150 and DCR-250. Let’s see both their specifications and try to find out which one is best. So let’s get started.

1. Compatibility

Both lenses come with a 52-67 mm adjustable adapter, that allows you to use them on any lens of a diameter between 52 and 67 mm. Most lenses have their diameter in this range, so you should be able to use them with almost any lens.

2. Working Distance

DCR-150 has about 8 inches (200 mm) working distance, the DCR-250’s focusing distance is around 4 inches (100 mm). Magnification depends on the lens used. But considering that you are using the same lens, the DCR-250 gives more magnification because it lets you get closer to the subject. This may also constitute a disadvantage as you may have to go closer to the macro subject and it may also take a longer time to get the correct focus. So you are more likely to scare them away by having to get nearer to them.

3. Magnification

To estimate the magnification with a Raynox, use this simple formula:



Focal length of DSR-250 is 125 mm and focal length of DSR-150 is 208 mm. With a 70-200mm lens @200mm and Raynox DCR-250, I will get magnification of 200/125 i.e. 1.6X. With the same lens and Raynox DCR-150, I will get magnification of 200/208 i.e. 0.96X.
So given this formula, the DCR-150 will give you less magnification than the DCR-250.

4. Depth of Field

The DCR-250 has a shallower depth of field than the DCR-150. A shallower depth of field gives a beautiful effect and you tend to get some amazing bokeh with relative ease. But it is a lot harder to get the correct part of the subject in focus. So you may have to use very narrow aperture and very high ISO, which may have its own problems.

5. Framing

Because you have to be a lot closer with the DCR-250, you can’t fit as much in the frame. The DCR-150 may also be limiting but the DCR-250 will obviously give you a tighter frame. Some flowers are just too big to fit in the frame even with the DCR-150. But small flowers and insects may not be a problem.

So as a conclusion, both lenses have their own advantages and disadvantages. DCR-150 is more versatile and may help you focus faster. But DCR-250 gives you more magnification and some incredible bokeh. So the choice is yours. If you want to photograph tiny insects or flowers, and can be patient enough with your photography, you may go for the DCR-250. But if you just wanna start off, you may consider the DCR-150, and then later invest in the DCR-250, as you get used to the DCR-150. Or like me, if you only want one lens with you, the DCR-250 is great. With steady hands and patience, you will sail through.

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Also Read – Raynox DCR 250 Sample Photos

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