MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY USING EXTENSION TUBES:

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EXTENSION TUBES ARE AMAZING TOOLS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:

How convenient would it be if you could use your regular lens to take close up shots of subjects just as if it were a macro lens? While macro lenses are perfect for close-up images, they can be expensive for someone who doesn’t do much macro photography. This is where an extension tube can be of help.

The nice thing about extension tubes is that no optics are used in extension tubes. If you worry about degrading your image quality, you don’t have to worry with extension tubes.

YOU DON’T LOSE QUALITY OR HAVE TO SPEND A LOT

Because extension tubes have no optics in them, the quality of your photo is as good as the lens you are using. If you have a good quality normal zoom lens, or even a standard lens, as long as it’s good quality your photo will be just as good.

EXTENSION TUBES USUALLY COME IN 3 DIFFERENT SIZES.

When you look at buying an extension tube, they generally come in a set of 3. Each tube can be used separately, or all 3 tubes together.

Extension tubes generally come in groups of 3, so you can get different magnifications with the different tubes.

The other thing to know is that extension tubes can either be automatic or manual. There are extension tubes that are just tubes. You can still get magnification using this tube, but you have no control with autofocus or aperture settings.

The best extension tubes will have the connections to allow your lens to still use autofocus, and aperture connections. This is what I recommend, and it will give you the ability to control that depth of field. That is really important when doing macro work.

The camera manufacture, of course, makes their own extension tubes, but there are other brands that make extension tubes for your camera. Remember that there is no optics involved in extension tubes, so you don’t have to worry about degrading the quality of your photo with extension tubes. So, in this case, I don’t have a problem recommending a good 3rd party extension tube.

To make this complete, we are including some good extension tubes for sale here:

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR CANON EF CAMERAS

Auto-Focus Macro Lens Extension Tube Set (12mm, 20mm, 36mm Length) for Canon EF/EF-S Mount Lenses n DSLR Camera 5D2 5D3 5D4 6D 7D 70D 80D 700D 760D 1300D T7 T6i T5i Regular: $99 for all 3 tubes

$65.00

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR CANON EOS CAMERAS

Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Canon EOS 90D 80D 70D 60D 77D Rebel T6 T7 T5 T8i T7i T6i T6s T5i T4i SL3 SL2 EOS 6D Mark II 7D Mark II 5D Mark IV III 5Ds R 1Dx Mark III and More Regular: $150 US dollars

$95.00

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR NIKON D SERIES CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon D850 D750 D780 D3500 D3400 D7500 D7200 D7100 D7000 D5600 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D800 D810 D700 D610 D600 D500 & More Regular price: $149.95 US Dollars

$99.99

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR NIKON Z MOUNT CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon Z50 Z fc Zfc Z7 Z6 Z5 Z6 II Z6II Z7 II Z7II Mirrorless Camera and Nikon Z Mount Lenses, Great Tool for Macro Photography Regular price: $129.95

$69.99

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR FUJI X MOUNT CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Fuji Fujifilm X-T3 X-T4 X-T2 X-T1 X-S10 X-T30 X-T20 X-T10 X-T200 X-T100 X-H1 X-PRO3 X-PRO2 X-E4 X-E3 X-E2S X-A7,Replaces Fujifilm MCEX-11 & MCEX-16 Regular $99.95 US dollars

$64.95

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR MICRO 4/3 MOUNT CAMERAS (PANASONIC AND OLYMPUS)

Micro 4/3 Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III E-M5 E-M10 Mark III E-M1X Pen E-PL10 E-PL9 Pen-F,Panasonic Lumix G9 G7 G85 G95 GX85 GX9 GX8 GX7 GH6 GH5 GH5S GH4 & More Regular $99.95

$64.95

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