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Macro on the Cheap--Why Not?

If you are interested in this item, you can find it here. We have it for several different camera mounts, too.

Macro lenses are great, and for many reasons. One of the reasons macro lenses are not great, however, is the price. Dedicated macro lenses are typically expensive. Sigma has some very good, very reasonably priced macros, like the 70mm f/2.8, but that lens is still $500. Zeiss makes an incredible macro, the 100mm f/2, but that bad boy is $1800. So, what are you to do if you want to get close but don't have the budget of a Wall Street banker?

Here's a good question: Can you afford $9.50? For close-up photography? Of course you can. If you are into photography and are, or are getting, into macro work, you have most likely heard of extension tubes. And, like dedicated macro lenses, there is a lot variety out there for extension tubes. The cheapest ones we have found (that actually work) are $9.50. Yep, that's right...The price for two gallons of milk. Check it out:

Canon EOS Macro Extension Tube

An extension tube works by increasing the distance of the lens to the camera body. Think of a projector. When you are looking at a slide, sorry, digital projector being displayed on a wall, and you move the projector back from the wall, the projected image gets larger. The same idea applies to extension tubes. Move the lens farther from the camera body and the projected image on the camera's film, sorry, sensor gets larger. This metal-construction extension tube is made into sections, like this:

Canon EOS Extension Tube Disassembled

The different sections screw together and can be used in any combination to increase or decrease magnification. This extension tube is intended for Canon EOS mount lenses and cameras. It is made up of a lens mount, a camera mount, and three sections of varying sizes. Are you wondering if adapter tubes really work? Check it out:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens No Extension

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, No Extension

Same Lens, Same Focal Length (105mm), Lens and Camera Mount of Extension Tube Only

Same as above, smallest extension ring added

Same As Above, Smallest Extension Ring Added

Small and Medium Extension Rings

Small and Medium Extension Rings

The Entire Extension Tube

The Entire Extension Tube

So, an extension tube really works. For $9.50, why not? Well, there are a couple of things you should know before jumping both feet in. The first, nothing is auto. Autofocus cannot work, auto modes cannot work, and the metering cannot work. In addition, the aperture cannot be stopped down, so if you have a lens (like Canon EOS) that does not have a manual aperture ring that can stop down the aperture, you are forced to use the lens wide open. And, with macro work, that means your depth-of-field is tiny. Also, extension tubes, because you are increasing the distance of the lens to the camera body, decrease the intensity of light falling on the camera's film, sorry, sensor. This means slow shutter speeds become a common reality.

All of the above mentioned things will be solved by using a dedicated macro lens. There are also some expensive extension tubes that will solve some of those problems--aperture control, autofocus, etc.. But, for $9.50, or 1/100th of the cost for some dedicated macro lenses, why not?

If you are interested in this item, you can find it here. We have it for several different camera mounts, too.

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