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Macro Photography with Extension Tubes


For those of us who can’t afford to spend a few hundred dollars on a dedicated 1:1 macro lens, then one of the best solution is the use of macro extention tubes. I paid a relatively low price for an Auto – Focus capable macro extention tube which can be used in any Nikon camera, and for the time being I’m very happy about the results, that I have been able to get.



Here is my current setup

—- Nikon D7000

—- Nikon 50mm F1.8D

—- macro extention tubes 12mm, 20mm & 36mm ( $40, from ebay)

—- a built in flash diffuser ( $5)


This combination give the magnification that I have calculated below

12+20+36 = 68mm

50mm * 1.5 ( cause D7000 has a cropped sensor ) = 75mm

It Gives Me Magnification Of 1.99 when all three tubes are used


However there are few things that you need to be aware of when using such a setup like this…

—- the view finder is very dark

—- when using all three tubes the camera hunts for AF


Here are a few tips

— set metering to spot

—- use single point AF

— use the centre AF point for precision

— switch OFF auto focus & focus manually.

Here are some sample images that I have captured…! Most of the images are 16mp, uncropped images….!


MAL_7101 MAL_9275