Macro photography has always been a keen interest to both of us. However, we have yet to invest in macro photography gear due to various reasons. One of the main reasons being that it is a pretty costly investment, and for the work that we are doing, we always have to prioritise practical usage over personal interests.

BUT, anyways, this post is to share a new toy we have acquired that allows us to get closer to achieving the effects of MACRO.

BEHOLD…….!  It’s called the “Extension tube”. Well, it is definitely incomparable to a proper ‘legit’ macro gear, but this extension tube offers keen photographers the opportunity to experience macro photography without too much of an investment.

How do Extension Tubes work?

The extension tube is basically an attachment between the camera body and the lens. What the tube does is to get the lens further away from the camera’s focal plane. As the minimum focusing distances reduces, it allows the photographer to get closer to the subject while staying in focus.

Extension Tube sizes

To fit our Canon cameras, we ordered the extension tubes from Kenko. There are three rings, varying from the shortest 12mm, to 20mm and the longest 36mm. The three tubes can be stacked together to achieve the greatest magnification power allowing you to go full macro.

Bear in mind however, as you stack the tubes together, your overall lens weight increases, yet they are only held together by the connecting joints. Thus, based on our own experience, unless you are able to firmly secure or hold the connecting joints, we don’t recommend stacking three tubes together while your camera is on a tripod.

If you want have to a better understanding on extension tubes, you can check out Photography Life and Digital Photography School.

Are you an extension tube user? Share your experience with us!