Week 1 – #5 Macro (Technical)

Did you know that you do not need an expensive, speciality macro lens to shoot macro photos?

The image below is a full frame (not cropped) photo taken with a 70 mm lens at about 15″ from the flower. This is the closest you can get with this lens and keep your subject in focus.

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However, if you add an inexpensive extension tube, you can get much closer. The image below is also a full frame (not cropped) photo taken with the same 70 mm lens with a 36 mm extension tube added between the camera and the lens. I was able to get to within a few inches of the flower.

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Extension tubes are available as a set with multiple extension rings of varying size or one at a time. As with most camera accessories, manufacture-brand extension tubes are more (often much more) expensive than third-party brands.

If you buy extension tube, make sure they support automatic focus.  And, or course, if you get a third-party tube, make sure it matches your camera mount (Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.). I used a Kenko brand extension tube on the above photo on my Nikon camera. A set of Kenko 3 extension rings cost about the same as one Nikon-brand extension ring!

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