Well last week I thought I would buy myself some cheap macro extension tubes from amazon, to get myself that little bit closer.
I have some macro filters, but have used them rarely and with little success. The new extension tubes have pass through contacts, so they record all info to exif, I get to set fstop, and I get autofocus if required. They are plastic, but I don’t aim to treat them that badly, and to buy tubes with metal mounts would have nearly doubled the price.
So how do they perform. The shots below were taken at 26mm, that being the lowest zoom where I could use both tubes, and the shots were performed handheld. The macro shots are not that steady and I will need to use a tripod or be in bright light. I lost between 2-3 stops of light, however this increases with the need to stop the aperture down to gain more depth of field, as this is very narrow with the lens so close to the subject and the aperture open.
So here are two shots without and with the tubes.
So now I have just got to find some time to get out and take some pictures.