Comparison: Marumi DHG200 vs. Raynox DCR-250 (Sigma DP3 Merrill)


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First of all the most important thing: I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 🙂

In the following posting I’d like to show you some images that can make your decision between the Marumi DHG200 and the Raynox DCR-250 easier. Both achromatic lenses are a good and cheap (~ €70) option to improve the macro suitability of a camera or of a lens, respectively. But which one of the two achromatic lenses offers more for the same value?

DP3M

Sigma DP3 Merrill (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

DP3M and Marumi DHG200

Sigma DP3 Merrill + Marumi DHG200 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

DP3M and Raynox DCR250

Sigma DP3 Merrill + Raynox DCR-250 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

The question above can’t be answered that easily. As you can see in the images compared, the Sigma DP3 Merrill achieves a higher magnification factor with the Raynox and a comparably high central sharpness as with the Marumi. However, the proverbial catch is the unsharpness at the corners that extends further into the image with the Raynox. This needn’t be, though it can be significant with macros.

DP3M

Sigma DP3 Merrill (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

DP3M and Marumi DHG200

Sigma DP3 Merrill + Marumi DHG200 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

DP3M and Raynox DCR250

Sigma DP3 Merrill + Raynox DCR-250 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

In terms of handling I prefer the Marumi as you can’t attach it in a wrong way. I can’t think of what you could do wrong when you screw it on. The clip-on mechanism of the Raynox – actually of its adapter – makes it possible to attach the achromatic lens faster to the lens of the camera, but occasionally it’s not positioned parallel but tilted in respect to the sensor level. You can certainly imagine what effect this can have on image performance. To me that’s happened a couple of times.

Still I’d take the Raynox if I were planning to only use one achromatic lens. When using two achromatic lenses, I consider a combination of a Marumi and a Raynox the best solution because of the handling. On the one hand you don’t achieve the highest possible magnification factor with two Marumis, on the other hand two Raynox DCR-250s are an even bigger bodge job. The first one you’d have to attach to the lens with the included adapter, and for the second one you’d have to use one or two step-down rings (49mm à 43mm). Moreover, this stacking may lead to stronger vignetting and even more blurred edges since the Raynox is some millimeters higher and has a very small diameter. But that’s only my own assumption.

However, I can tell for sure that the combination of a Marumi and a Raynox leads to very good results. The image sharpness is high and CAs can’t be found anywhere in the 100% view. 😉

DP3M, Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250

Sigma DP3 Merrill + Marumi DHG200 + Raynox DCR-250 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

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