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03-14-2013, 09:04 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Macro Extension Tubes

Well after getting a macro bellows ( what a cumbersome bit of kit that is ) I found it a chore to use , maybe ok in a studio environment , but outside , just a little too much kit .
So the search for affordable macro saw me go even cheaper :

Macro extension tubes , now for the Pentax , they can be had for like $5 or little more shipped to your door ( sure you knew that already ) .

But news to me , and very easy to use , almost stealth technology .



Here is what I got , there are 4 bits , front and back mounts and 2 different sized extensions ( that add on to No 1) , Well I started with no 1 , or the smallest one with a Richo 50mm F1.7 manual lens ..





Focus range is a little tight , and tweaking the focus on the lens one can improve things a little



But changing angle might be better :



And if you after something funky



Something different



Or you want to get really artsy : ( Im not very artsy )



Well , for the princely sum of $5 or so from ebay , these cheap nasty macro extension tubes are Very Good . The resulting photos are very nice , much nicer than I expected , and all were taken free hand ( no tripod - bi-pod or shooting stick ) Matted to a decent primary lens seems to offer a lot of scope for photography exploration .

Well , I wasn't expecting much , so , wow , possibly the best $5 spent in quite a while ...


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Great pictures and well captured. Thanks for sharing with us. Did you use any lighting on the subject? Extensions tubes will eat the light like anything. I think shorter focal length lens give great macro capability than the longer focals. If you're already experimented with different lenses, please share few with us.
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Nice captures and I have the same tubes as are pictured in your post ... they are OK and fun to play around with ... J
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I used a 50mm Richo F1.7 Lens , plenty of light gathering ... With the shorter ring ..

Adding the No 2 ring gave much closer focus , but still plenty of light gathering ... ill post a picture .




This is with the No 1 and No 2 tubes in place ...


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Check out this funky shot ... ( With this combo )
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QuoteOriginally posted by old4570 Quote
I used a 50mm Richo F1.7 Lens , plenty of light gathering ... With the shorter ring ..

Adding the No 2 ring gave much closer focus , but still plenty of light gathering ... ill post a picture .

This is with the No 1 and No 2 tubes in place ...
Very nice ... like the ant, since it gives a sense of scale ... J
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QuoteOriginally posted by old4570 Quote
possibly the best $5 spent in quite a while
Well done on bargain hunting and on your close-up photos! I'm really curious where you're finding passion flowers to photograph right now -- is this in a greenhouse? I know what you mean about the depth of field -- having photographed these flowers before I know just how 3-d they are.
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The flowers are growing along our fence - Summer - well actually autumn here , but record heat ... ( Australia )
Yeah ( depth of field ) A higher Fstop might help , but then I would need the tripod ( all shots free hand )

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The flowers are growing along our fence - Summer - well actually autumn here , but record heat ... ( Australia )
Ah, thanks. Looks rather like Passiflora incarnata native to North America, which is why I was wondering.
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