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    Hi

    i found this on ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Extension-Tube-M...QQcmdZViewItem


    it is so cheap.... is it a good idea to try this? i'm only beginning. so, not very sure about this.
    pls help.

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    Default Re: Macro using extension tubes

    try... it will increase your working distance but at the expense of light. no harm

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    Default Re: Macro using extension tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    Hi

    i found this on ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Extension-Tube-M...QQcmdZViewItem


    it is so cheap.... is it a good idea to try this? i'm only beginning. so, not very sure about this.
    pls help.
    do note that most of the "cheaper" extension tube will disable camera metering/focusing.

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    just play around at f5.6 to 8. you will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by advrider View Post
    just play around at f5.6 to 8. you will be fine.
    saw somewhere that it must work with lens that has the aperture ring.....

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    don't do it.... without electrical contacts you can't AF (not that it's important) and you can't control the aperture either.... good luck shooting macro wide open.... if you really need extension tubes get the triplus / kenko ones tat have electrical contacts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by zj2000 View Post
    don't do it.... without electrical contacts you can't AF (not that it's important) and you can't control the aperture either.... good luck shooting macro wide open.... if you really need extension tubes get the triplus / kenko ones tat have electrical contacts....
    thanks for your advice. where can i get the kenko and triplus ones in singapore? costs?
    i'm also considering close-up filters as a start....


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    Quote Originally Posted by zj2000 View Post
    don't do it.... without electrical contacts you can't AF (not that it's important) and you can't control the aperture either.... good luck shooting macro wide open.... if you really need extension tubes get the triplus / kenko ones tat have electrical contacts....
    dont need electrical lah. do manual better. aperture control at the ring. just set to f.56 to around 8. then do manual focus on the insect. much better with more control. the AF is quite troublesome, sometimes cannot focus. use a monopod and you are good to experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    thanks for your advice. where can i get the kenko and triplus ones in singapore? costs?
    i'm also considering close-up filters as a start....

    if you are really into it, then get a dedicated macro lens. dont waste $ on close up filters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by advrider View Post
    if you are really into it, then get a dedicated macro lens. dont waste $ on close up filters.
    test out first, not sure yet.
    maybe, like some one mentioned, use a magnifying glass, put in front, and try first..
    what abt extension tubes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    thanks for your advice. where can i get the kenko and triplus ones in singapore? costs?
    i'm also considering close-up filters as a start....

    about 180 - 200 i think... can get at cathay photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by advrider View Post
    dont need electrical lah. do manual better. aperture control at the ring. just set to f.56 to around 8. then do manual focus on the insect. much better with more control. the AF is quite troublesome, sometimes cannot focus. use a monopod and you are good to experiment.
    well since the link he posted is for EF mount i would think he's using canon.... EF lenses do not have aperture rings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    test out first, not sure yet.
    maybe, like some one mentioned, use a magnifying glass, put in front, and try first..
    what abt extension tubes?
    maybe you can tell us which lens you intend to use the tubes with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    test out first, not sure yet.
    maybe, like some one mentioned, use a magnifying glass, put in front, and try first..
    what abt extension tubes?
    it is ok. think about it. macro lens not just can use as macro. they can be used for portraits as well. around $500 gives you a good macro. why spend $120 on filters that don't give very sharp images ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by advrider View Post
    it is ok. think about it. macro lens not just can use as macro. they can be used for portraits as well. around $500 gives you a good macro. why spend $120 on filters that don't give very sharp images ?
    yup, exactly.
    macro lenses give much higher qual images, and sharper too. although u may be tempted by the min focusing distance with close-up filters, there is quite a bit of compromise in qual. get a dedicated macro lens, if u are really in to macro, and even if u arent, macro lenses are great for portraits, cos they have a suitable focal length for that. so its sth like a 2 in 1 lens.
    and btw nowadays they come at great prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by zj2000 View Post
    maybe you can tell us which lens you intend to use the tubes with...
    oh yes. forgot to mention. i intend to use with ef 50mm f/1.8 mkii

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    you can start with the extension tubes and then if you really get into macro photography...pick up a macro lens later. then you can combine the two for even greater magnification

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2.8photography View Post
    yup, exactly.
    macro lenses give much higher qual images, and sharper too. although u may be tempted by the min focusing distance with close-up filters, there is quite a bit of compromise in qual. get a dedicated macro lens, if u are really in to macro, and even if u arent, macro lenses are great for portraits, cos they have a suitable focal length for that. so its sth like a 2 in 1 lens.
    and btw nowadays they come at great prices

    oh... i really didnt know that i could use macro lens for portraits. what would be a good focal length to use?
    currently, i have a 50mm f1.8. thought that this is good enough for portraits...
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dw2chan View Post
    you can start with the extension tubes and then if you really get into macro photography...pick up a macro lens later. then you can combine the two for even greater magnification
    ya, that's what i thought. but some brothers here suggested going straight into dedicated macro lenses.... really not sure lor. extnsion tubes' quality should be better than close-up filters' quality right? since the formal doesnt have any optics in it... heard ext. tubes take away about 1 f-stop. my 50mm f1.8 should be able to compensate back for the light loss right? maybe say effectively still get f2.8. still not too slow..
    Last edited by xyz123; 12th September 2007 at 10:37 PM.

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    you can use a macro lens for portrait. pretty much a macro lens is a normal lens. the only difference is that you can focus on objects closer to the lens. for example (a bad one..but i have these two lenses so i know their closest focusing distances) a 70-200 2.8IS closest focusing distance is 1.4m. so anything under 1.4, the lens cannot focus on. whereas a 100 macro, the closest you can focus is 0.31m.

    the only thing that will make this lens bad for portrait is the autofocusing speed. it's much slower than a normal lens. so you'll have to learn to use the manual focus to get it semifocused and then let autofocus fine tune it

    i believe extension tubes will affect image quality. probably not as much as a closeup filter, but it still wont be as good as a dedicated macro.

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