Macro shooting handheld at 1.5:1

Started Jun 12, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Phil Rose Veteran Member • Posts: 3,882
Re: extension tubes questions

Oli4D wrote:

Hello Phil

Very nice work! I like it!

Could you tell me a bit more about the extension tubes?

I don't know much about that... pros and cons for example.

I use an E-M5 with the 60mm 2.8 macro. See some of my stuff here:

I often feel like I need to come too close to my subjects... dragon flies for example... they are too shy and fly away.

Could extension tubes help me to get a bit more distance between the lens and my subject?

If yes, any downsides to that?

Kind regards


Hi Oliver,

You've got some great shots in that gallery! In previous years (before getting the E-M1 and the 60mm macro) I'd been shooting a lot of dragonflies, but I haven't encountered any yet this season. I think I might need to go back to using my Sigma 150mm for dragonflies as I don't know if I can manage to approach them as I'd like to using the 60mm macro.

You, however, seem to have managed to shoot dragonflies very well with your 60mm macro, so I have some hope.

No, you won't gain working distance using extension tubes. For that you need something like the non-existent 4/3 tel-extender. BTW, when shooting 1:1+ (plus the extension tubes), your working distance stays about the same (relative to the front of the lens). So if you can normally manage to get close enough to a particular subject to shoot 1:1, you ought to be able to manage to do so with the extension tubes, too (although with terribly narrow DOF).


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