Combining telephoto and macro lenses

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justphotography New Member • Posts: 3
Combining telephoto and macro lenses


I've been experimenting with my telephoto (EF 70-200mm F4 L) lens to see if I could extend its range by combining it with my macro (EF-S 60mm F2.8 ) lens and three extension tubes (68mm total).

The macro lens with 68mm of extension tubes should roughly give a 2:1 reproduction ratio. I thought if I could capture the image from the telephoto lens with my macro lens I would be able to double its focal length (like a 2x teleconverter).

I have a rail on which I mount the telephoto lens, a 10cm long empty black tube to bridge the gap between the lenses, the macro lens, the extension tubes, an EF-M adapter, and finally my EOS M3.

I installed the kit on a tripod and took several shots at different apertures for both lenses (fixed the 70-200mm lens aperture using aperture preview and dismounting the lens) with a 10 second delay. There is a lot less light reaching the sensor with this setup so the exposure times are quite a bit longer.

Ultimately, it works but the combination does not resolve further details. What's the limiting factor? Is it diffraction? I attached 2 examples that show the best results I've had.

A - 200mm at F5.6, cropped

A - 200mm at F5.6 combined with 60mm at F5.6, no crop

B - 200mm at F5.6, cropped

B - 200mm at F5.6 combined with 60mm at F5.6, no crop (vignetting due to poor alignment of lenses)

Thanks for your feedback.

Canon EOS M3
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