For those who’ve at all times thought of dabbling in macro (and let’s face it, that’s most of us) however actually can’t justify going out and spending a fortune on the standard (costly) well-liked macro lenses on the market just like the Canon 100mm f/2.8 or Nikon 105mm f/2.8, then you definately’re simply plain out of luck, proper? Nicely, no. After all, there are different third-party macro lens choices on the market with various ranges of capability however there are additionally extension tubes.
Extension tubes sit between the digicam and the lenses you already personal with a purpose to flip nearly any lens right into a macro lens. And on this video, Dustin Abbott walks us by how we will use extension tubes to shoot macro in addition to the professionals and cons of utilizing them slightly than a “actual” macro lens.
The beauty of extension tubes is that they’re cheap. They’re simply accessible (there are 1,000,000 of them on Amazon) and so they typically let you nonetheless entry issues like aperture management and autofocus, holding digital communication with the lens. And in case you’ve acquired some previous absolutely guide lenses like Nikon F or M42 that don’t want any type of digital communication to operate, there are a lot of units on the market that may allow you to simply adapt one format to a different.
Extension tubes have been my very own introduction to macro way more years again than I care to recollect. I’ve since picked up a few good macro lenses that I really like to make use of however I nonetheless seize these extension tubes generally and it’s at all times price having a set or two in your equipment for while you want them. I imply, in case you’ve acquired some actually good glass that isn’t macro however you need to use it to shoot macro, it looks like an terrible waste to not have a method to make use of it!
Plus, you possibly can stack extension tubes with precise macro lenses, too, letting you get even better magnification ratios. You do want an terrible lot of sunshine, although!