extension tubes vs macro lense


ptwong

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Just a question about the above.
Is it worthwhile to get extension tubes? or just jump straight to macro lense?
Where can i get the extension tubes btw?
 

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If you intent to shoot lost of macros, dedicated macro lenses are the way to go.

Close-up filters and extension tubes can be frustrating and inflexible.

If you're a on and off type on shooting macro photography, then perhaps filters and extensions are cheaper to adopt.
 

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Just a question about the above.
Is it worthwhile to get extension tubes? or just jump straight to macro lense?
Where can i get the extension tubes btw?
For long term macro commitment, decicated macro lens are still the ones to go..
and get extension tubes to pair up with to achieve higher magnification..
Think most of the regular shops should carry.. I got mine at TK Foto donkey mths back..
Orient Photo at SLS carries them as well..
 

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guys i need some guide here.
if i want to take macro shots like this

eg: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=655883

which of the following should i get?


1. 100mm F2.8 Macro
2. 50mm F2.8 Macro
3. 30mm F2.8 Macro
3. close up filter
4. extension tube http://cgi.ebay.com/Macro-Extension-Tube-SONY-A380-A330-A350-A300-A230/320446708522

I got a alpha 330
the closest u can get is 1+3 (Raynox) forget the 2 and 3 (nt sure abt Canon got such focal length macro lens :dunno:) if you are into bugs photography

Thats is taken with MPE65, should be close to 2X magnification.

Or stack 2 sets of extension tube with ur 100 mm macro..
 

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MHO on the pros of extension tubes are :

1. Cheap
2. Can make any fast lens a macro lens
3. Small and light enough (esp at one or 2 sections) to be in the bag at all times.
4. For general shooting (eg. travel), you may not always carry a macro lens as the focal length may no be so often used (actually macro lenses are usually in good focal lengths like 50, 70, 100mm). You'd also not be that focused on macro shots. So an extension tube give the options to make any fast lens in your bag a macro lens.

Cons
1. manual
2. does not work over all focus distances like a dedicated macro lens.
 

gtsrr

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the closest u can get is 1+3 (Raynox) forget the 2 and 3 (nt sure abt Canon got such focal length macro lens :dunno:) if you are into bugs photography

Thats is taken with MPE65, should be close to 2X magnification.

Or stack 2 sets of extension tube with ur 100 mm macro..
thanks for the recommendation,

sorry got some noob questions.
wat is "1 + 3 (Raynox)" ?

Raynox is a magnifier?
must use 3?
 

Numnumball

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thanks for the recommendation,

sorry got some noob questions.
wat is "1 + 3 (Raynox)" ?

Raynox is a magnifier?
must use 3?
Haa.. now i realised.. ur initial post confused me as there's 2 "3."

What i am saying ur best bet is 100mm macro 2.8 with close up filter (the likes of Raynox like DCR-250)
 

gtsrr

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Haa.. now i realised.. ur initial post confused me as there's 2 "3."

What i am saying ur best bet is 100mm macro 2.8 with close up filter (the likes of Raynox like DCR-250)
haha my bad now then i realised got double 3
 

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Yes, the other options to ext tubes is using this Raynox attachment filters acting much like a magnifying glass in front of the lens. If you get the CM2000 it comes with both 2x & 1.4x combined or individual to get the bug's eyes:bigeyes: just using the 50mm prime lens. Check it out Raynox & CM2000 I just got them!
 

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