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Old 05-03-2014   #1
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Hi,

Half a year ago I bought my first dedicated macro lens (Nikkor 105mm micro). I have been shooting with this lens for a while and I'm very pleased with its quality. Nevertheless I do find myself cropping a lot of my pics (because I really really like to get very close to my objects ). I was wondering if anyone had some experience/advice on which of the ad-ons (filter, extension tubes or below) gives the best result when adding them to a dedicated macro lens?

Hopefully some of you can help me figuring this out.

Thanks in advance.

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All of them will increase magnification. With macro-filter you won't lose much light and AF will work. With ETs (only those with electric links) AF will work (may be slower) but you would lose some light depending on the length of extension used. Same goes with the bellows. All of them will reduce the minimum working distance (MWD), i.e., you have to get closer to the subject. You may also try TCs which will magnify the image without reducing the MWD but you will lose one stop of light with 1.4x TC & 2 stops with 2x TC. AF should work but may be slower. Both macro-filter & TC will add more glasses to the lens, so unless they are of good quality the IQ may suffer.
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They all have advantages and disadvantages.

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Good read on maco: The Comprehensive Guide To Macro Photography - DIY Photography
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Thanks to everybody for the response. Just a quick question on the macro filters. If I correctly understand all the information posted, when adding a macro filter I will be able to get closer to my object and it doesn't "magnify" my object at the same working distance?

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That's quite right. Only TC will not reduce the minimum working distance.
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So, what's a decent brand of extension tubes? I think kenko is too expensive for air, but have read bad reviews (damage to pins on Canon bodies) on neweer tubes which are priced about right, IMO.

What brand tubes do most use?
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I use Kenco ETs. A whole set of three costs less than a single Canon ET. Kenco (the current model) also works with both EF & EF-S lenses.
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I use Kenco ETs. A whole set of three costs less than a single Canon ET. Kenco (the current model) also works with both EF & EF-S lenses.
Kenko's are $199 now, more than Canon's individual ones, but not that much more. I expected around $60.
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Well, in UK Canon ET 25mm costs more than Kenko 3 ET set.


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