Extension Tubes or filters?

I just purchased a set of extension tubes and macro filters so that I could get better macro shots.  The extension tubes ran about $70 and the set of filters (7) was about $25.  Cost wise, as most of you know, it is better than getting a true macro lens (for now anyway).

The extension tubes are a bit tricky to use.  I did not do enough research prior to purchase to know that there was a difference in the types of tubes that you can get. You have manual and autofocus luckily I go the set that can do autofocus.

It has only been a few hours of playing and so far I am happy with them.  It will take me a minute to figure out the right combination to get the image that I am looking for.

What are your thoughts on using filters or extension tubes?

Here are a few examples SOOC (straight out of camera).


Very dificult at first to find the focus point.


Getting there.

No copping

No copping


Crop- 1

Crop 3

Crop 2 – poor lighting, believe clarity would have been much better had lighting been better.

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Posted on May 28, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. What can I say except – Have Fun!

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  2. i liked the milky soft look of the first picture 🙂

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  3. I tried the extension tubes. I returned them – they were okay – and my husband already owned the macro lens. So if I’m doing that kind of work, I use the macro lens.

    Your pictures look very good!


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    • The extension tubes will take some time to get down and truly learn what combination work best. I do wish I just had a better macro. I do have a basic one 35mm macro but it does not alwas get the quality that I want.


  4. I commend you for being so thorough. 🙂
    Me? I just carry my I-phone in my hip pocket.
    Be good

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  5. I don’t know enough about extension tubes or filters to express an opinion on those things, but will say that if they cost less than the macro lens I’d like to have, I should look into it. 🙂 Although it doesn’t have the sharpness you might be going for, I love the first shot. There is something mysterious about the softness of it.

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  6. Yes the extension tubes are considerably less than an actual macro lens. I think lighting plays a big part in the clarity with the tubes. The first shot is technecially incorrect in all ways but I too like it.

    Link to extension tubes i purchased

    And for the filters

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  7. Thank you for the info! 🙂

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