DMC-FZ50 Lens help, Macro shots

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  1. JzmDjnn

    JzmDjnn Member

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    Hello!
    I recently purchased the DMC-FZ50
    I want to upgrade
    I am pretty new to photography but learned VERY fast.
    I read the manual and learned a fair amount about
    Apature, Shutter Speed, and exposure. Features are easy to learn.
    Plus my mom went to collage for photography
    I noticed a few lenses and have a few questions about them.

    I noticed these lenses:
    Micro + Macro lenses +1, +2, +4, +10 (all screw together)
    Telephoto lens 3.0X
    UV and Fluorescent Filters
    I have links to items on eBay from various sellers if needed.

    My main question is
    Can I use the
    Telephoto, the Micro + Macro lenses and one of the filters
    all at once?
    For 6 lenses total.
    I want to get the closest possible.
    The Filter is my least concern.

    Another question:
    Say I purchase 2-3 sets of the Micro + Macro Lenses
    Can I put all 6+ on at once?
    They all screw together so just an assumption.

    I am going to be taking pictures of
    Collectables
    Bugs
    Botanicals
    so I need to get as close a macro shot I can.

    If there is a lens I am unaware of plz lmk

    THANK YOU FOR THE HELP!!!!!!
     
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  2. Ben Stafford

    Ben Stafford Site Admin

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    Have you tried the close up shots without any of the added lenses/filters, etc? With the longer zoom camera that the FZ50 is, you can zoom in on bugs from afar and get pretty nice closeups.
     
  3. JzmDjnn

    JzmDjnn Member

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    Yup :)
    VERY nice zoom :)
    Know about the Digital Zoom too.
    I can get clear shots but
    I would like to get as close as absolutly possible :)
    To capture details and such.
    Not to concurned about distance zooming, just macro :)
    THANKS!
     
  4. Ben Stafford

    Ben Stafford Site Admin

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    Why don't you post a link to one of the ebay sellers.

    My biggest concern is that the quality of these things may not be great, and the more things you stick on the end of the FZ50's lens, the less light you let through, so getting predictable results may be difficult.
     
  5. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator News/Review Writer

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    The Olympus TCON-17 is a well-respected teleconverter that works with the FZ50.

    Good wide-angle lenses are harder to come by, but there are some decent ones in the $80-$120 price range.

    Macro lenses are pretty common. The Raynox DCR-150 and DCR-250 are both very popular macro lenses that will work with the FZ50.
     
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  6. JzmDjnn

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    Thank you both for the great help!!!

    Ben:
    Thank you :) I didnt know about the light having a hard time.
    Thank you for the valuable information!!!
    I didnt post links because I wasnt sure about rules here :p
    Didnt wanna spam

    JerryJ: Thank you for the info! The DCR-250 looks awsome!

    Again thank you both!

    Here are some links I found on eBay:

    Micro and Macro Lenses:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=230139867799&rd=1&rd=1

    Telephoto 3x
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=150128900082&rd=1&rd=1

    Filters:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=150052060919&rd=1&rd=1

    RAYNOX DCR-250 YAY!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/HD-RAYNOX-DCR-2...ryZ29964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  7. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator News/Review Writer

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    That 3x lens on eBay is notorious for being a complete waste of money. If you search the web you'll find that many people have purchased that lens from a variety of ebay sellers and the lens is absolutely horrible. There are some good 1.7X and 2.0x lenses (such as the TCON-17) but the 3x lenses just ruin the image quality.

    I usually stick to name brand filters (multi-coated) whenever I buy filters. You spend a bit more for a good multi-coated Hoya or Tiffen filter, but you get what you pay for.
     
  8. JzmDjnn

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    Awsome! Thanks JerryJ!
    Great help!
    I think Im going to be following your recommandations :D
    THANK YOU!

    Ben:
    Thank you for the information about quality!!!

    I should have bought a D50 :p
     
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  9. MMD

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    After reading this thread, I did the research and purchased a Raynox DCR-250 lens for my FZ50. I can't get it to work though. Everything is blurry and for the life of me I can't get it to focus. Macro is my favorite thing and even without the lens I can't get it to focus. Help? :(
     
  10. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator News/Review Writer

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    Do you have the macro focus switch enabled on the side of the FZ50?
     
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