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  1. Ilonka & Daz - Always and Forever x x x 〈3 〈3 . . . . . Jajj, istenem! x x x

    I bought a set of extension tubes for £4.19. The results with my 28-80mm lens were very encouraging. So much so, I bought another set of tubes and a reverse-mount ring for £1.79. I was absolutely blown away.
    I nipped a 1cm long cutting from the holly in my garden and took it inside. The photo's I got were amazing!! I focused on a 1mm long bud, growing out of the cutting. Mindblowing!!

    As the days passed, I learned more about macro photography; viz, lighting, ISO settings, and shutter & aperture settings.
    The lens on my camera is manual focus anyway so it was no big deal when I connected the extension tubes.

    I created a light-box from a cardboard carton. I used greaseproof paper to diffuse the light which comes from two desk lamps – each with its own softbox. So I have an endless variety of options to play with.

    Re. the extension tubes. There are three rings and two adapters. One for the camera body and one for the lens. However if I attach just the adapters, I have an 'initial' setting, which turns my lens into a great close-up lens. This is brilliant for general close-up shots. I can then add the extension tubes (in any combination) to enhance the shot.

    A cautionary note about these extension rings. It is all too easy to 'lock' the #1 ring to either adapter. The ring is only 5mm wide and does not offer you much when it comes to loosening and dismantling. I was saved by a tool which I've had for years; it is a 'jar-lid' loosener! It very easily loosened the tight ring. Perhaps a small amount of grease might help prevent the rings locking together. Alternatively, buy the extension rings as Karl has shown. I think these are better.
    Solution; connect the #1 ring between the #2 & #3 or leave the #1 ring out of the equation, and (as I have done) buy another set of extension rings.
    I'm so pleased with the results I got from these additions, that I ordered yet another set of extension rings!! It never ends!
    Thank you, Karl, for all your help.
    PS. That macro lens you showed us, looks suspiciously like a standard lens mounted backwards and placed inside a light-proof tube. Rather like a macro-bellows!! Now there's a thought!
    Good luck everyone!!
    Extension tubes and the reverse-mount ring. Fantastic!

  2. methanbreather

    and theoretically, the results should be even better on an APS-C sized sensor.

    1:1 but since the sensor is smaller, the resulting image is bigger (when using the same resolution).

  3. Camera Owner

    Can we use this AF extension tube on birds photography on canon 55-250/70-300mm lenses?

  4. yizhak shachar

    thanks for the good tutorial, I did like to your video, photography schools will go out of business if you keep doing those tutorials 🙂 

  5. walkabout16

    Macro comes from macrocosm and means the very large or infinity large eg the stars galaxy etc;

  6. NamelessDemigod

    Hey Karl, I see you used extension tubes on 18-55mm kit lens. I've read and seen that when you use that extension tubes, camera and the lens communication fails so you are no longer be able to adjust aperture. To what extent this is true and how to use it if its like that ? Thank you.

  7. photoexpozure

    You can get those extensions rings for under 10 quid now.

  8. Sam Huynh

    obviously not, since the AF motor and IS can only be accessed when the electrical contacts of the lens and the camera meet, which means the lens must be attached to the camera in the correct position.
    So, when you put the lens on reverse position, the electrical doesn't meet, which means the IS and AF motor is not activated => you have to do it manually

  9. Bandit1967

    Hey! Thanks. Will the Image stabilizer and Auto focus still work when reversed?

  10. Maru Char

    Karl, thank you for all your great videos, they help me in my amateur photos.
    I own a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 and your tips are very useful for me.
    Thanks again and keep the excellent job!
    Greetings from Argentina!

  11. Alfred Imeri

    I love ur job just next sir thank you for helping the Photographer's <# <3

  12. jay ferson

    Awwww stop saying that!! except for still subjects, the gears DO make a big difference! Go shoot a show with your d7000 with the 55-200 kit lens than go to another show with a d3s and a 70-200 vr, you will realise that the same guy can have quite different results when behind different quality products!

  13. James Hamilton-Bird

    I use a Sigma 105 mm Macro £250 used……go to flickr. c o m / ph otos/ birdseyeviewph otos doing it like this gets it fro……look at the macro I am still looking for a digital back for my 1955 Kodak Brownie 620 if you have any ideas lets me know…….I put my lens at max image size and on autofocus on a monopod if it is not in focus it will not release,,super sharp shot…..look and see at the caterpillars

  14. mucalai

    you can get 5:1 macro for "free" via reverse adapters. not extension tubes, reverse! use your 18-55 and mount it with an adapter on your camera. zoom to 18mm and enjoy 🙂
    in fact the canon 5:1 used the same principe (see the section) but build in an expensive housing. main advantage is that the lens can be really cheap. by using it inverse the quality increases massively.

  15. zinc4life

    does not matter, if you know what you are doing, i have the D7000 and pretty much every thing works well. its whos behind the camera that matters :p

  16. brown55061

    If a guy travels a lot and goes on long hikes in the country, wouldn't the telephoto macro lenses, like the Tamron, be the best all-in-one option? If I am hiking it's often up in the mountains and an extra lens just isn't feasible to carry around.

  17. DeliciousRoman

    And one more to the list, if you reverse a lens, like physically, you'll get a macro instead of a zoom lens. There are adapters for this.

  18. Lasse Lindström

    do the macro rings work well with a canon 75-300mm II ?? 🙂

  19. Lasse Lindström

    can you use the tele (for e.g. the canon 75-300mm) with the adapters?!

  20. Lasse Lindström

    300$ is a lot of cash but comparing to a 1200$ lense it is quite cheap

  21. Lasse Lindström

    the best would be if you take the nikon..put it on manual mode and manual focus put on any nikon lense and throw it in the nearest river you can find. then go to the store and buy you a canon 🙂

    just kidding nikon's alright i guess

  22. Timothy Petrovic

    Wow, it's nice to see the 350D get some love in 2012, I had the 350D since early 2006, LOVED it! & I had the Macro extenders too!! Though I eventually upgraded to the 5D MK III earlier this year. I'd love to do some more Macro though…. Anyone like to spot me a lens?! haha!

  23. Pak Flyer

    Can AF be used on a dedicated macro lens for macro photography?

  24. Pak Flyer

    I'm interested in purchasing one of your excellent lessons on photography with a compact camera.

  25. Michael Fulton

    can you post a link to these extension tubes for $120, I can't find them! Thanks Mr. Taylor!

  26. amazinggadgets

    Some pull said Kenko lenses gets stuck. Ever happen to you?

  27. Roger Skagerström

    My Panasonic LX3 has a 1 cm focus limit. Got a 600D now, but I'll keep the LX3… No need for a macro lens 😉

  28. Huddiethegreat

    What camera was the large photo in the background taken with?

  29. Sheshader

    Umm… what happened to episode 2? I already use a 3x tubes + 50mm f1.8 for cheapo macro, but I'd be very interested in the difference in results between this and the MP-E or whatever else. Must see comparison shots! 🙂

  30. John Smith

    Epic-Macro-Combo: 2x Converter (Vivitar) and 70-210mm Canon lens! EPIC!


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