Any shop selling extension tube for macro shot?


Kimutaku

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Just read thru some of the macro photo thread, i feel like trying out and i don have the macro lens atm. I saw people talking about the extension tube which can transform normal lens to take macro.

And also i read that there is extension tube one with AF and one with MF.

AF extension tube i ask from alan photo and cathayphoto which cost around 150-200 and i think i fork out 100-150 more can get a macro lens.

For MF extension tube which i read is much cheaper but the cost im not too sure which what im looking for it now.

Any suggestion on this kind of extension tube for macro shots and where i find this selling in singapore?

I don wanna spend the money on a new macro lens as budget is quite tight but still wanna enjoy the macro shots. =)
 

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300-400 for a macro lens? don't think so... even the cheapest macro lens i can think of, the tamron 90mm is about $400+ second-hand..

of course, if you're talking about manual macro lenses, it's possible.

MF extension tube is very cheap, you can look at TAGO TECH (google) for such extension tubes.
 

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Opps so ex ah for a macro lens =P

Cos i haven really check on the price of macro lens.

Btw i checked thru the name u gave me but only can purchase online.

Any shops selling this item ?
 

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Opps so ex ah for a macro lens =P

Cos i haven really check on the price of macro lens.

Btw i checked thru the name u gave me but only can purchase online.

Any shops selling this item ?
most photographic shops will sell, you can try orient photo, they should have... call them first, google for the number. they are at sim lim square, top level.
 

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Maybe you should start off with a #4 closeup filter. It's approximately $25.

This picture is taken with a closeup filter

 

Kimutaku

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Thanks for ur info bro. I have been following your Singapore is Beautiful thread. Damn nice and very impress with ur shooting =)

Hopefully 1 day i can be the same like u =)
 

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Maybe you should start off with a #4 closeup filter. It's approximately $25.

This picture is taken with a closeup filter



Erm.. can u describe how its look like and how does it work? Will it affect the picture quality? Saw ur photo seems pretty nice =) Where to buy ?
 

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Have you thought of buying a prime lens like a 50mm1.8 II + Raynox? Thats how I started anway. It will set you off $200 for BNIB?
 

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Erm.. can u describe how its look like and how does it work? Will it affect the picture quality? Saw ur photo seems pretty nice =) Where to buy ?
Just screw on like a normal filter; you are actually putting a magnifying glass in from of your camera. Camera to subject distance (working distance) is about 5" to 6".

This is a Point and Shoot camera with a +4 closeup lens



More info on closeup lens.

http://www.hoyafilter.com/products/hoya/oef-12.html
 

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This is a DSLR with a high quality Raynox DCR-250 closeup lens attached.

 

Kimutaku

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oic where can i get this type of filter in singapore ? If i wanna buy, just get the +4 macro filter?

Btw which lens should i use on ? the 18-55mm or 70-300mm lens? Sorry that i ask so much question =P
 

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Kimutaku

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Have you thought of buying a prime lens like a 50mm1.8 II + Raynox? Thats how I started anway. It will set you off $200 for BNIB?
Thanks for ur offer but my budget very tight. Just wanna try the cheaper way to get a better macro shots =)
 

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one thing to take note, these are cheap, but you get what you pay for.

close focus filter, the cheap ones will have corner sharpness problems.

raynox is better, but costs more.

extension tubes, on the other hand, do not degrade IQ of lens. but there is light fall off. every choice got compromise.. :)
 

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one thing to take note, these are cheap, but you get what you pay for.

close focus filter, the cheap ones will have corner sharpness problems.

raynox is better, but costs more.

extension tubes, on the other hand, do not degrade IQ of lens. but there is light fall off. every choice got compromise.. :)
oic hmm... i think i will just get the macro filter. Any recommend brand for this and shop to buy?

Saw Diavonex posted his photo with #4 macro filter which look nice but duno what brand he using for the filter.

And i got 2 type of lens which is the canon kit 1 lens and the tamron 70-300 lens. Which lens should i mount to the macro filter?
 

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oic hmm... i think i will just get the macro filter. Any recommend brand for this and shop to buy?

Saw Diavonex posted his photo with #4 macro filter which look nice but duno what brand he using for the filter.

And i got 2 type of lens which is the canon kit 1 lens and the tamron 70-300 lens. Which lens should i mount to the macro filter?
actually tamron 70-300 can focus quite close for larger insects... 1:2 doable. don't need to buy anything unless you want to take smaller insects? or something smaller than a dragonfly.

these are all my photos taken with the sigma/tamron 70-300 (both can focus 1:2 from 200-300mm thereabouts)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/5262877495/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/517884604/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/527783313/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/4772378726/
 

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oic where can i get this type of filter in singapore ? If i wanna buy, just get the +4 macro filter?

Btw which lens should i use on ? the 18-55mm or 70-300mm lens? Sorry that i ask so much question =P
You can get the closeup lens from Cathay Photo.

You can use it on both lenses if the diameter is the same; if they're different, you can use a step-up or step-down ring.

It's easier to start off with the 18-55mm.
 

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Go and check out artworkfoto, they have an automatic extension tube which cost around $75 which can control/adjust your aperture!
 

Kimutaku

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actually tamron 70-300 can focus quite close for larger insects... 1:2 doable. don't need to buy anything unless you want to take smaller insects? or something smaller than a dragonfly.

these are all my photos taken with the sigma/tamron 70-300 (both can focus 1:2 from 200-300mm thereabouts)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/5262877495/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/517884604/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/527783313/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/night86mare/4772378726/
Ya u are right. I forget that my 70-300, there is a macro shot above 180. Im damn noob =P

If i use that lens, does it mean that i have to stand quite a distance from the object?

I really like ur photo. I really need more learning and practice =)
 

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Try shooting at steady subjects first...it would be easier for you to learn!
 

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Ya u are right. I forget that my 70-300, there is a macro shot above 180. Im damn noob =P

If i use that lens, does it mean that i have to stand quite a distance from the object?

I really like ur photo. I really need more learning and practice =)
trust me, when you start shooting insects, you will realise that distance is a boon, rather than a bane.

300mm working distance is very comfortable. in fact, 150-200mm is more than enough for things like dragonfly. for more jumpy subjects like butterflies, a longer working distance is always welcome. dragonflies are a lot more forgiving. even if you disturb them and they leave their perch, they will return. better to shoot in the early mornings before the body has warmed up and they are active. and please, always remember, do not destroy nature just to get your pictures. we have had loads of jokers here do silly things like keep the dragonfly in the room or carry it home to shoot, etc.

some of these images are cropped slightly, btw.. :)

i can't really remember the dsitance, but there's a distance scale on your lens itself... if i'm not wrong, it should be 0.95 m ? not that far mar. insects not so happy to have humans looking at them through large lenses y'know.
 

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