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2.2x Raynox Teleconverter Lens

I was looking to get myself a more powerful tele-converter lens than the 1.7x Olympus TCON-17 that I already own for my next wildlife photography safari.

My research led me to this 2.2x Raynox DCR-2025PRO Super Telephoto Conversion Lens, but I struggled to find any really good Raynox reviews and so now that I have bought it, I thought that an independent review may be of use to others:

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXRContents

About Raynox

RAYNOX is a Japanese company located in Tokyo, who have been producing high quality optical instruments for over 47 years.

The company uses some of the most up-to-date computer-aided-design and manufacturing techniques as well as high end optical glasses, with low dispersion qualities and anti-reflection coatings to make some of the best Tele-converter lenses currently available.

As well as telephoto lenses, Raynox also manufacture a fairly wide range of macro, wide angle lenses, but for this Raynox review, I will stick with the 2025 Pro.

Made using high index optical glass elements, this Raynox telephoto conversion lens can be attached to a wide range of modern digital still cameras as well as digital camcorders and will increase the optical magnification by 2.2x

Main Features & Specifications

  • Magnification: 2.2x
  • High-Resolution 260-Line/mm
  • No reduction of light value (F.Number)
  • Antireflection coatings on all lens surfaces
  • Mounting threads: 62mm
  • Front filter size: 82mm
  • Size 123 x 86mm
  • Light Weight – 275g L (9.7oz)

High-Resolution 260-Line/mm

Using four-elements to make the lens, the DCR-2025 Pro has at least one element made from extra low-dispersion glass that helps the designers of the lens reduce chromatic aberration, which is otherwise known as colour fringing, that can often be seen around the edges of objects in your photographs.

Raynox state that the 2025 has a max resolution of 260 lines/mm. What this means is you should be able to read the test pattern of 260 pair of black & white lines at a width of 1mm when the conversion lens is attached on the perfectly made master lens. Through a lower resolution lens, the lines will not be clearly separated.

Anti-reflection Lens coatings

If you look at the objective lens on the DCR-2025PRO teleconverter you can see a blue, red, or green tints on the glass, these are the anti-reflection coatings that have been applied to the glass.

What these coatings do is to assist with light transmission, by ensuring that as little light as possible gets reflected away, bringing in more light for a brighter picture as well as eliminating the strayed beams at the fringe of lens. This has the overall effect of drastically improving the image quality when compared to lower quality lenses that either don’t have any coatings or only coatings on some of the surfaces.

Anti Reflection Lens Coatings

Negatives

On the down side, this lens is not waterproof or fogproof and so you need to take extra care when using it in dusty, wet or places with high humidity.

So suddenly exposing the Raynox 2025 pro conversion lens to a warm environment from the cold area may create some internal fogging. If this happens, keep the lens in a dry area till it disappears.


What Difference a 2.2 x Telephoto Converter Lens Makes

For comparison, take a look at the three photos taken below, all were taken with the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 from the same location, the first is just using the camera without a zoom, the second is using the cameras full zoom without the Tele Conversion Lens (18x) and the third is at full zoom using the Raynox DCR-2025PRO Super Telephoto Conversion Lens (39.6x):

Taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject
Using the 18x zoom of the Panasonic FZ18 - so without any teleconverter attached
Using the Raynox DCR-2025PRO at full zoom - 39.6x

Taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject

Using the 18x zoom of the Panasonic FZ18 – so without any teleconverter attached

Using the Raynox DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 39.6x

I took these comparison photos below at the Focus on Imaging Show – Europe’s biggest annual imaging show with the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, both with and without the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO teleconverter.

Wide angle shot, taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject
Using the 30x zoom of the Fuji HS20 - so without any teleconverter attached
Using the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO at full zoom - 66x

Wide angle shot, taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject

Using the 30x zoom of the Fuji HS20 – so without any tele-converter attached

Using the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 66x

 

More information: Adding the Raynox 2.2x teleconverter to the Fujifilm HS30


Difference between 1.7x and 2.2x Teleconverters

Below is the comparison between using a camera (Panasonic DMC-FZ18) with the Olympus 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens (TCON-17) attached and then with the Raynox 2025PRO attached:

Taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject
Using the 18x zoom of the Panasonic FZ18 - so without any teleconverter attached
Using the Raynox DCR-2025PRO at full zoom - 39.6x

Taken without any zoom to show the distance from the subject

Olympus 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens (TCON-17) – 30.6x

Using the Raynox DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 39.6x


Example Photographs

I took the six photos below in Charara, Zimbabwe, all with the Raynox 2025 attached to my Fujifilm FinePix HS30EX – for a eye watering 66x zoom (1584mm – 35mm equiv lens).

I also had the camera attached to a tripod for added stability. The only editing that I have done is a little cropping, resizing and sharpening. I have also actually reduced their quality (file size) to optimise them for the web:

Below are three older photographs that were taken by me whilst I was on safari in Zimbabwe with the Raynox 2.2x 2025Pro Teleconverter, but attached to my older Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR – which still gave me a massive 66x or 1584mm (35mm equiv lens).

Using the Raynox 2.2x 2025Pro Teleconverter with the FujiFilm FinePix HS20EXR
Using the Raynox 2.2x 2025Pro Teleconverter with the FujiFilm FinePix HS20EXR
Using the Raynox 2.2x 2025Pro Teleconverter with the FujiFilm FinePix HS20EXR

F-Stop: f/7.1
Expos Time: 1/280 sec
ISO-100
Using the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 66x
Camera on a Tripod

F-Stop: f/5.6
Expos Time: 1/320 sec
ISO-160
Using the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 66x
Camera on a Tripod

F-Stop: f/5.6
Expos Time: 1/250 sec
ISO-200
Using the Raynox 2.2x DCR-2025PRO at full zoom – 66x
Camera on a Tripod


Raynox DCR-2020PRO Teleconversion Lens

Raynox rather confusingly also produce the DCR-2020PRO which is exactly the same as the DCR-2025PRO, except that it only comes with 2 adapter rings (for 52mm and 58mm filter sizes) and without the Raynox LS-082 lens shade.


FujiFilm FinePix HS Superzoom Cameras and the Raynox DCR-2025PROFujiFilm Finepix HS30EXR With 2.2x Raynox Teleconverter attached

The Raynox 2025Pro comes with a selection of rings including a 58mm one that fits on the threaded lenses of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EX and the older Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR.

Both these cameras have a massive 30x zoom (720mm – 35mm equiv lens), so with this 2.2x teleconverter attached you get a truly massive 66x zoom (1584mm). For more take a look at my section on adding a teleconverter to the FinePix HS30.

 

Fitting a Teleconverter Lens to the FujiFilm HS20


Panasonic FZ Cameras and the Raynox DCR-2025PRO

You can attach this Raynox Pro lens to the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100, FZ45, and FZ40 cameras, thus extending your focal length from 24x (600mm*) to a huge 52.8x (1320mm*)

To do this you will need the Panasonic DMW-LA5 Lens Adapter and the Raynox RA6255 adapter ring that is included in the DCR-2025Pro Package.

  • Minimum focusing distance: 4.5m(AF macro mode)
  • Effective zooming without vignetting: 20x – 24x zoom

To mount the Raynox DCR-2025PRO on the LUMIX DMC-FZ38, FZ35, FZ28 and FZ18 cameras, you will need the Panasonic DMW-LA3 Lens Adapter mounted and the Raynox RA6255 adapter ring that is included in the DCR-2025Pro Package. Once attached, it will extend the focal length to 1100mm*

  • Minimum focusing distance: 11m/6.5m(Macro mode)
  • Effective zooming without vignetting: 6x-18x(FZ18), 7x-18x(FZ28), 18x(FZ38/FZ35)

*35mm film equivalent

Panasonic FZ100 with the Raynox DCR-2025 Telephoto Lens


Sony FX7 and the Raynox DCR-2025ProCamcorders and Video Cameras

As well as cameras, you can mount the 2025/2020 pro Raynox lens to many High Definition Digital Camcorders these include the Canon Legria HF M406 camcorder that I recently took on safari with me.

Others include the SONY HDR-FX7, VX-2100, VX-2000, VX-1000, PD-170, PD-150, PD-100, TRV-900,/950 Canon GL-1, GL-2, XM-1/2 and many more that have threaded lenses.

For a full list take a look at this Camcorder cross reference table.

Fitting a Teleconverter to the Canon Legria HF M406 Video Camera


Also Included

The DCR-2025PRO comes with 4 step up adapter rings for 43mm / 52mm / 55mm / 58mm filter sizes and their LS-082 lens shade. (The DCR-2020PRO which is the same lens, but comes with 2-adapter rings for 52mm and 58mm filter sizes and no shade)

RA6243Adapter Rings

The adapter ring that you use will depend on the thread size on the lens of your camera, for convenience, the DCR-2025PRO lens kit comes with the most common sizes:

  • RA6243 F62-M43mm Adapter ring for 43mm filter size.
  • RA6252 F62-M52mm Adapter ring for 52mm filter size.
  • RA6255 F62-M55mm Adapter ring for 55mm filter size.
  • RA6258 F62-M58mm Adapter ring for 58mm filter size.

Some cameras, like the Panasonic FZ series cameras come with an awkward lens thread size and you will need to get a separate step-up or even step-down adapter ring – these are relatively inexpensive and easy to buy on places like Amazon.

Raynox LS-082 Lens ShadeRaynox lens shade: model LS-082

Also included in the DCR-2025PRO lens kit is the LS-082 Lens Shade that weighs just 69g.(2.4oz).

You attach it to the end of the Raynox telephoto conversion lens and it helps reduce unwanted light, preventing lens flare as well as ghost images.


Cost & Where to Buy

Apart from the extremely powerful zoom, one of the main advantages of buying a teleconverter lens and combining it with your SuperZoom bridge camera compared to using and SLR is it’s relatively low cost:



In Conclusion

Apart from the extremely powerful zoom, one of the main advantages of buying a teleconverter lens and combining it with your SuperZoom bridge camera is cost. When you compare the total cost with that of buying an SLR with a large telephoto lens the saving is huge and whilst there is no doubting an SLR with a top of the range telephoto lens will take higher resolution photos, a bridge camera with a good teleconversion lens like the 2025Pro will be more than enough to satisfy the needs of most users who don’t have bottomless pockets.

So If you are looking to really extend the focal length of your superzoom camera, taking it way beyond what was only previously only available to the mega rich, then I highly recommend the Raynox DCR-2025PRO lens. It is light weight and transfers plenty of light to your camera’s sensor, ensuring that your photos come out looking as good as possible.

Cost & Where to Buy


Alternatives

Other telephoto conversion lenses you may wish to consider are the 1.7x Olympus TCON-17 or the Panasonic DMW-LT55 55mm 1.7x Telephoto Conversion Lens which both can be fitted to a variety of cameras including the Panasonic FZ’s.


Recommended Cameras

Below are a few cameras that I have reviewed that are ideal to use with the Raynox 2025 Pro and take with you on safari:

 Fujifilm HS30EXR With the Raynox attached

Highly Recommended: Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXRThe Fujifilm HS30 already comes with a really powerful 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent 720mm) and comes with a 58mm filter thread on the end of the lens, meaning it is very simple to attach the Raynox which comes with a 58mm ring already included and thus gives you a huge 66x zoom (1584mm).

Apart from this, the HS30 comes with a whole host of features that for me makes it one of the very best supezoom bridge cameras currently on the market.

For more, read my full review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Camera

Others:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

With a super powerful 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent 600mm), much higher 14.1 MP image resolution, rotating LCD screen, movie recording in full HD and a 25mm ultra wide angle lens, this is the best superzoom compact digital camera on the market and an ideal safari holiday companion.

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXRFujifilm FinePix HS20EXR

The successor to the very popular FinePix HS10 from Fujifilm, comes very powerful Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR with it’s 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent 720mm), much higher 16 MP image resolution, faster auto focus and movie recording in full 1080p HD. This camera has to be one of the very best for taking with you on any safari holiday.

>> Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Camera Review