I spend a lot of my free time immersed in photography. This time includes reading articles about techniques and gear in addition to actually capturing photos. I’ve had a 10X diopter in my toolkit for a long time, and I’ve achieved some decent results with it, but the way it works tends to over-exaggerate the depth of field and creates a very narrow focus range.
I was reading about a cheap Macro Extension Tube setup this week and decided that for $10 I’d give it a try. It doesn’t have any of the electronic controls for my lenses, but I thought it would be a cheap way to at least test out how the tubes actually work. Since I had no manual focus control at all, I had to focus by moving the camera very carefully toward the object until it came into focus… and then try to hold the focus steady. That’s not optimal, but it did show me that these kinds of extension tubes could help me create some very nice macro shots. So, I’ve now ordered a set of more expensive macro extension tubes that will work with my lenses. 🙂