Affordable Macro Photography Setup #1

Are you aware there is a cheaper way to take macro pictures of flowers and insects without the need to get a dedicated macro DSLR lens?  If you are a DSLR camera user, you can get a high quality yet affordable converter lens which can be attached easily to any standard kit lens or even a macro lens!

What is a converter lens? Basically it is a group of lenses which allows the capture of magnified images at a specified focusing distance. It has a simple construction – usually a plastic or metal body with lenses encased, without any mechanism or aperture blades (also known as diaphragm). This is in contrast to any standard 35mm or DSLR lenses which allow the user to change the size of the diaphragm to create different depths of field. 

High quality converter lenses usually come in a lens design of 2-Group/3-Element, whch means there are a total of 3 lenses in the setup. Images will be sharper and clearer.

Such lenses can be designed for taking close-ups of small insects (known as a macro converter lens) or magnified pictures of birds at a distance (known as a telephoto converter lens).

McGill have been offering Raynox converter lenses from Japan since 2006. Amongst the best sellers are the DCR Series, which are designed for macrophotography and available in 2 models: DCR-150 and DCR-250. Both are useful to new shooter and professionals.

The magnification of such converters is calculated in terms of diopter strength. The higher the number, the bigger the magnification but it comes with a price – focusing distance will be reduced propotionately. This increases the difficulty of achieving properly focused images due to a shallower field of view. It is essential to have a pair of stable hands or a robust platform such as a camera mount to take images with high magnification to reduce vibtration and blurriness.

Features of Raynox DCR-Series


Low magnification +4.8 Diopter                               

Long focusing distance ~20cm                                

Easy to use                                                               

For flowers & objects of similar size                         


High magnification +8.0 Diopter

Short focusing distance ~8cm

Requires stable pair of hands

For insects & small objects

Click here to get one now and start having fun taking macro pictures!

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