Extension tubes

Started Dec 22, 2013 | Questions
frangulis Forum Member • Posts: 72
Extension tubes

Hello everybody,

I want to experiment with extenion tubes to shoot macro with my 17 mm 1.8 , 45mm 1.8 , 40-150 mm and other lenses. Searching the options I found:

Kenko    2 ring set    10 + 16 mm    190,-

kooka     3 ring set   10 + 16 + 21 mm    aluminum or chrome    110,- /130,-

Caruba   3 ring set   10 + 16 + 21 mm     aluminum or chrome      90,- /110,-

Does anyone have experience with any of these brands c.q. which would be the best buy?

advice appreciated,

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John Carb Forum Member • Posts: 51
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I have not used any of those. I've heard the Kenko ones are great but they are very pricey. I assume you want tubes that have electrical contacts so the lens can still communicate with the camera and you can use auto focus? I do know many people on here are using very cheap non-electronic tubes and manual focus to get amazing shots. Many will argue manual focus is the way to go for macro anyway. That being said, I bought Meike tubes off of amazon a while ago and they have electronic contacts and auto focus, etc. and they are cheaper than your options listed. I would ceck them out as well as the Foga ones. The plastic construction doesn bother me, I still think they are decent quality and worth the price.

Check out this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3475095

Fredrik Glckner Veteran Member • Posts: 3,750
Re: Extension tubes

I have used the ones from Meike/Neewer/Skyblue:

http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2013/07/meike-macro-rings-highly-recommended.html

They are 10+16mm, and cost around US$40.

They work fine, and are easy to use. Some complain that the inside of the rings is too glossy, and can cause lack of contrast. I think that is a highly exaggerated issue. If you are worried about it, I guess one could matte the surface down with sanding paper, not while mounted to the camera, of course.

(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 1,001
Re: Extension tubes

I'm using the ones from Fotga, about 40 euros on ebay from a seller called estores. Partly plastic so probably not as sturdy as the Kenko's, but they work well.

Robiro Veteran Member • Posts: 6,808
Practical examples

frangulis wrote:

Hello everybody,

I want to experiment with extenion tubes to shoot macro with my 17 mm 1.8 , 45mm 1.8 , 40-150 mm and other lenses. Searching the options I found:

Kenko 2 ring set 10 + 16 mm 190,-

kooka 3 ring set 10 + 16 + 21 mm aluminum or chrome 110,- /130,-

Caruba 3 ring set 10 + 16 + 21 mm aluminum or chrome 90,- /110,-

Does anyone have experience with any of these brands c.q. which would be the best buy?

advice appreciated,

Have a look:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52702182

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52733923

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52172204

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dw113 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Extension tubes

Just received a 16mm + 10mm set of Vello extension tubes.  $49.99!!!  Not a steep investment to explore the world of macro photography.

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CrisPhoto
CrisPhoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,749
Re: Extension tubes

I bought the very cheap Meike rings and would not buy them again.

Why?

They have horrible inner reflections because the surface is not anti-reflective at all. Very bad design.

Here is the thread with some example pictures:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51893286

I would strongly suggest buying rings with anti-reflective structured inner surface.

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jalywol
jalywol Forum Pro • Posts: 11,069
Re: Extension tubes
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I got the Fotga ones (about $55 USD).  I have been having a huge amount of fun with them.  They do have ribbing on the interior walls of the tubes, so I think they reflect less (I have not had any problems with image degradation due to reflected light with them).  They are plastic with metal mounts, so I don't think they will stand up to heavy use, but they work fine for everything I have thrown at them so far (including using them with the 100-300mm lens).

-J

Some shots with them:

Tony Rogers Senior Member • Posts: 2,024
Re: Extension tubes

I have a set of the Kenko rings and they work very well, The mounts are good and everything still works when you use them. I use them with my 100-300 (10mm + 16mm gives about 25% increase in magnification at 300mm) and 45-175. Both are fine.

I have no idea why they cost so much money though...

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lester11
lester11 Contributing Member • Posts: 577
Re: Extension tubes

Some comments on Fotga (and similar aluminium material rings)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52517733

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OP frangulis Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: Extension tubes

Thank you all for your helpfull feed back.

I cannot find any of the real cheepos here, but I think I will gor fo this set

http://www.cameranu.nl/nl/objectieven/tussenringen/kooka/kooka-extension-tube-set-olympus-micro-4-3-serie-chroom/h138_36324_368274

from kooka optics

http://www.kooka-optics.com/products/list-136.html

a three ring set with chrome setting for 130 Euro's.

Happy Christmas

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