Macro Photography

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Canon 50mm Lens with 1X Kenko Extension Tube

Canon 50mm Lens with 1X Kenko Extension Tube

Canon 50mm Lens with 3X Kenko Extension Tubes

Canon 50mm Lens with 3X Kenko Extension Tubes

 

I’ve had a lot of questions about my recent macro photography so I decided to put together a post about my current macro gear.

After changing from Nikon to Canon in 2017 I was starting over with lenses and really missed my old macro. But the Canon macro lenses are $340+ so what I ended up with was a set of extension tubes that I could attach to any lens to make it a macro.

You can also choose to stack two or all three tubes together to increase the magnification. (You can see the difference between using a single extension tube and stacking all three above.)

The only downside to this is that you must physically move the camera to focus. Because the depth of field is so shallow and the lens isn’t a true macro you can’t really use the focus ring. So it takes a bit of a steady hand, but it’s definitely worth the trouble. Here are the extension tubes I purchased (for 1/3 the price of a Canon macro lens.) Double check to be sure they are the right lens mount for your camera.

 

 

 

Kenko Extension Tubes for Macro Photography (for Canon)

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Kenko Extension Tubes for Macro Photography (for Nikon)

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I also purchased a vintage 80-200mm Sigma 3.4-4 for $18 on eBay. This lens is a bit easier to focus, but requires more light because of the length of the lens. I shot this photo with the Sigma lens and the glass free adapter below.

You can use vintage lenses on your digital cameras with the proper adapters, but will have to shoot in full manual mode.

To convert a vintage lens to a Canon EOS camera you will need one of the following adapters.

 

Glass Free FD-EOS Adapter (for Canon)

This type of adapter is best for macro, but keep in mind that you will only be able to focus up close and can’t take any distance photos.

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Fotasy FD-EOS Adapter with Glass Element (for Canon)

This type of adapter includes a piece of glass which can lower the quality of the image and blocks out more light. I picked one up because it allows you to take distance photos, but haven’t tested mine much.

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I’m not sure what the specific Nikon adapters would be, but I am sure they have something similar. I have even learned there are adapters to use Nikon lenses on Canon cameras and vice versa.

 

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