X100s macro mode: tele converter

See also Raynox DCR-250 for macro, December 2013.

I did some tests and the tele converter is better suited for the kind of macro pictures I want to take (pictures 1-8) than the DCR-250 (picture 9): the pictures are sharper, there is more depth of field available and the tele converter has many other uses apart from macro.

Settings

  • drive: continuous H, 6 frames/sec
  • shutter speed 1/1000
  • iso auto

 

Zack Arias’ DEDPXL assignments

I’m taking part in Zack Arias’ DEDPXL assignments.

You only can enter pictures made in the period the assignment is open, see the above links about where you can post them; there are several options.

It makes me shoot pictures I usually wouldn’t, which is great.

Boat’s hull:

Museum der Kulturen:

X100s macro mode, Raynox DCR-250

See also Tele converter for macro, June 2014

When I was trying to find out about the macro mode on the Fujifilm X100s I couldn’t find any pictures that satisfied my curiosity. So here are some examples. The pictures are cropped, but apart from that sooc.

My conclusions so far:

  • The X100s in macro mode doesn’t replace a dedicated macro lens
  • Not having to carry any heavy equipment can make up for a part of this
  • In macro mode I’d start at f4, 1/250 and take it from there
  • For real macro, the Raynox DCR-250 seems to be a good solution, see FastBlueSnail‘s and sadata‘s pictures.

FastBlueSnail / Nick from Singapore was kind enough to share some information about using the DCR-250 on the X100s:

  • The depth of field is usually wide enough at F13 to cover the macro subject.
  • I use a Canon 600ex via flash cord and a Rime Lite softbox. Sometimes I will use a second flash gun (slaved to the first) to light up the back of the subject.
  • I also stack a CPL on top of my Raynox to reduce some light glare. It is a very light setup which allows me to do macro without any tripod. I love it.

Update: pictures with the DCR-250:

I’m not completely convinced by it, but it opens some more possibilities.