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BrianHall
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Jun 13, 2011 22:05 |  #1

Hey, I am super new to macro photography, but so far I love it. I was wondering if i should buy extension tubes for my 70-200 4L, or my 50 1.8. I don't know what lens would be better, but I'm sure everyone on here will be able to help. Also what would be the best extension tubes for me?




  
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Jun 13, 2011 22:27 |  #2

Kenko tubes are pretty good.


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Jun 20, 2011 18:35 |  #3

pats2000 wrote in post #12589132 (external link)
Kenko tubes are pretty good.

I heard Canon uses better glass in their extension tubes... :D


Kenkos... Best mix of being not expensive and not crap.


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Jun 20, 2011 23:15 |  #4

Roroco wrote in post #12628185 (external link)
I heard Canon uses better glass in their extension tubes... :D


Kenkos... Best mix of being not expensive and not crap.

Extension tubes have no glass in them and my Kenko tubes don't reduce the image quality at all. I highly recommend the Kenko set.

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Jun 21, 2011 00:06 |  #5

I used some cheaper Pro Optic ones that were fine. Save some money.


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Jun 21, 2011 05:44 as a reply to  @ Atsumi's post |  #6

Atsumi, The smilie face was meant as a signal to read sarcasm. I know they don't have glass. It is my way of saying don't over spend on extension tubes.


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Jun 21, 2011 18:05 |  #7

Roroco wrote in post #12630830 (external link)
Atsumi, The smilie face was meant as a signal to read sarcasm. I know they don't have glass. It is my way of saying don't over spend on extension tubes.

I'm an idiot. :cool:


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Jun 21, 2011 20:44 |  #8

Atsumi wrote in post #12634678 (external link)
I'm an idiot. :cool:

Na... Until we come out with a sarcasm font - I vote for something sans serif - it will happen. :D


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Jun 22, 2011 09:47 |  #9

There is no difference in Image quality.

But there is differences in how well the Autofocus is working, and in how well it fit with the canon bajonett. I recomend to not buy the cheapest, becouse you will quickly experience that you will change how many tubes you use all the time.

I have Kenko and love using them. Autofocus work perfect. I use them with 50mm 1.8 and with a 135L, have also used them on a 28-90mm.

The wider the angle is of the lens, the more tricky it is to focus. On a tele the autofocus works better than on a wideangle. The reason is that the area that is sharp is very narrow. With dof less than an hair, the autofocus is tested on its limit. The other reason is that you loose alot of light with the tubes. With less light, the autofocus get troubles.

If you go realy wide, like 30mm or more, you will not be able to focus at all, since the focus points ends up inside the lens.


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Jun 23, 2011 23:48 |  #10

If you're on a budget then check out the Zeikos tubes as well.

Half the price of the Kenkos, does the same job, AF works with all three stacked, but they are made out of composite (aka plastic) instead of aluminum.

So far they have worked great for me.




  
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