There are not a lot choices for a Micro Four Thirds macro lens with a greater than 1:1 magnification. The Olympus 60mm macro will give you up to a 1:1 magnification and the Olympus 30mm macro gives up to a 1.25:1 magnification with a very short focal length.
The Raynox DCR-250 super macro lens will give you up to a 2.5x magnification when attached to the Olympus 60mm lens. The Raynox DCR-250 works by clipping on the front of your lens.
The only problem is that it fits lenses with a diameter of 52-67mm and the Olympus 60mm macro has a diameter of only 46mm. To use the Raynox DCR-250 on the Olympus 60mm macro you will need a 46-52mm Step Up Adapter Ring.
Testing Out the Raynox DCR-250 on Olympus Gear
I tested the Raynox Super Macro Snap-On lens with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, 60mm macro, Meike 10mm extension tube, Meike MK320 flash, and diffuser. All shots were taken handheld.
Overall the Raynox DCR-250 performed really well with my Olympus gear. Although, the Raynox clips on top of my 60mm macro. I didn’t noticed any degradation of quality or loss of sharpness.
The camera did have difficulty autofocus with the Raynox attached. This wasn’t a big deal as I normally manual focus using focus peaking for taking macro photographs. With the Raynox attached to the Olympus 60mm macro lens has a really shallow depth of field so I typically stopped down the lens to f/13 – f/16.
I also had to be careful that my diffuser didn’t bump into my subject or the plant where it was located as I was able to focus very close.
Another feature that I really like with the Raynox DCR-250 is that it clips-on to the lens. This makes it really quick and easy to remove the Raynox if you want to take a photograph with just your macro lens like if the subject is too large or you want a wider perspective. Even though it can be attached or detached easily, it still holds quite firmly on the lens and I wasn’t concerned with the Raynox falling off the lens.
I was able to photograph much smaller objects without a noticeable loss of quality using the Raynox. I also really like that the Raynox attached and detaches easily from the lens so I can quickly go between using and not using the Raynox.
I would have liked the Raynox to come with a rear cover so the lens will be protected when I take the Raynox off in the field. The included back cover only fits when the lens is separated from the clip.
Overall, I’m glad I purchased the Raynox DCR-250 to use with my Olympus 60mm macro. For only $70 plus $7 for the Step-up adapter ring, it is quite the value to be able to do extreme macro photography with Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Written by Martin Belan