How to Best Use Extension Tubes

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    Logan Lamar
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    Hey everyone!
    I recently received a set of extension tubes for my Canon 60D and lenses (I’ve got an 18-200 3.5-5.6, a 50mm 1.8, and a 10-18 4.5-5.6). I’m super glad a third party decided to make a set compatible with EF-S lenses, as I don’t believe the Canon ones are not compatible.
    Does anybody know have any tips on how to best use these with my current lineup of lenses?
    Thanks for your help!

    #35973

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    If anyone has any tips and wants to contribute them that’s fine—but after getting to play with them a bit, I think I understand how they work now (I got an amazing macro shot of one of the only flowers in our house—it’s winter—right now!)

    #36228

    David Frazer
    Participant

    You’ve got it – practise makes perfect! Keep going, and you will get some really neat results. And don’t forget to share a few of them here on the forums!

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    James Staddon
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    Huh, I’ve never experimented with extension tubes! What have you learned so far?

    #36284

    Logan Lamar
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    @jamesstaddon, @dfrazer,

    Huh, I’ve never experimented with extension tubes! What have you learned so far?

    So far—which isn’t very far, I’ve only used them a couple of times…

    First thing: Tripod. Use one. It helps. A lot.
    Second thing: You’ll likely be working pretty close to your subject—at least with the lens (50mm 1.8 prime) I was using.
    Third thing: Auto focus doesn’t work very well, so zoom in in live view and manually focus.
    Fourth thing: If you mount too many extension tubes—in essence, creating a super large extension tube (I can make a 68mm extension tube if I use all of the three I received), you might be able to focus on the dust inside of your lens behind the front element. (I can’t see that being very useful…)
    Fifth thing: I think using a short focal length (18mm) will result in a higher magnification than a longer focal length. I’ve heard that these tubes aren’t very effective on telephoto lenses and work best with standard lenses.
    Sixth thing: I don’t have a sixth thing.
    Seventh thing: Hm… nope. Just keep learning, I guess!
    Eighth thing: Use a remote shutter! It helps a ton too!

    Here’s a picture I was able to get after some experimentation (and the creation of a mock studio on our dining room table).
    Canon 60D, EF 50mm 1.8 STM, Kenko 20mm(I think? don’t remember exactly?) extension tube,
    f/1.8, 1/5 sec, ISO 160, off camera flash fired manually.

    P.S. the picture might look a little soft as I majorly downsized it for the forum.

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