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Here's another shot taken yesterday with the 200 f/4 AI-s with a 36mm tube attached.


And here is a 50% crop to get a bit closer.


f/11

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May 10, 2011 at 03:44 PM
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Nice to meet you Alex! Congratulations on having completed your college education. That is a wonderful accomplishment and should serve you well as you launch yourself into the world of work as a professional.

What I find delightful is that with addition of extension tubes you take a very modest kit and create some very interesting images. Doubtless as you become established in your career with a bit of disposable income, you'll wish to expand you kit. Macro photography may very well be something you'll wish to pursue, though, as I've learned, you don't need a macro lens to do
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Nice to meet you too Curtis! And thanks for the kind words. I start my corporate job on June 27th and I look forward to getting some income in to help with my young addiction.

It's amazing what a pair of extension tubes can do, it opens up a whole new world basically and when you're on a college student budget, I have find ways to work around my limited kit. My new idea is a reversed lens on top of a 55-250mm that my brother in law let me borrow. Tried taking a few pictures with it, but they're not as sharp as I want them to be, it was hard hand holding the 50mm reversed on top of the lens extended to 250, while hand holding the camera. Waiting for my step up ring to come.





May 10, 2011 at 06:32 PM
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GORGEOUS shots Greg! Checking the EXIF data I see at least the last one was shot with the 35-105 on a D90. What length tube were you using? Inquiring minds want to know...


May 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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I don't ordinarily post shots here I've posted elsewhere on FM but I really like this shot taken today shortly before noon. I'd taken a friend to a doctor's appointment in Sausalito and had half an hour to ramble around. I visited a Catholic church on the hillside I'd visited before and took this photo of cala lilies in front of the rector's home. This was shot with the 200 f/4 AI-s with a 36mm tube attached... f/11 shooting manual mode at 1/250th of a second. I bought this lens on E-Bay for $89 and it is one of my best...



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May 11, 2011 at 12:51 AM
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Now that you point it out Curtis, on the 35-105 shot, I actually didn't use a tube. Sorry, I know this is a tube thread, I just forgot I didn't use one on that shot. The 35-105 features a "Macro" focus function that extends beyond the 105 range, and requires manual focus. But no tube.

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May 11, 2011 at 07:39 AM
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Boy are you in trouble now...

My guess is you'll remember next time. Please bring in more work. I like what you share.



May 11, 2011 at 07:53 AM
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I love that last picture Curtis! Came out very nice.

I'm trying to find some new places with flowers to take pictures besides my backyard but I can't see myself spending 25 bucks to go at the botanical garden by my house. I would rather visit butterfly world for that price and snap some pictures there.



May 11, 2011 at 06:12 PM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · Shooting with Tubes


Gorgeous William! That really takes my breath away. These images really pull me in, especially those with fairly narrow depth of field such as this one. That you're shooting hand held makes me smile as well, since I don't own a tripod. I love to move through space and grab whatever strikes my fancy in the moment. Hopefully good technique and adequate shutter speed with get me what I'm hoping to capture. Then I move on to the next subject. If feels like a very free way to do photography, unburdened by gear... my camera. lens with tubes and the rest of the world. Great fun!

I'd love to see more William.



May 11, 2011 at 06:47 PM
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Bees knees...



Shot with the 200 f/4 AI-s with a 36mm tube attached at f/11, manual mode at 1/250th of a second shutter speed.

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May 11, 2011 at 06:49 PM
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Today I pulled out the 180 f/2.8 AI-s and mounted a 36mm extension tube on it. This lens really does everything well.


f/8, manual mode with shutter speed of 1/200th of a second.


This was shot in the parking lot of a local organic grocery store. I noticed this flower in dappled light created by an adjacent tree and after putting my groceries away I took a few shots, still with the 180 plus 36mm tube. I got a few stares, but that didn't matter. The light was too good to pass up.

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Wow!! I'm in awe of these pics.


May 13, 2011 at 03:13 AM
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Wailor wrote:
Wow!! I'm in awe of these pics.


That's the idea...

Just remember that with extension tubes all your lenses potentially become macro lenses. Of course, many inveterate macro shooters add tubes to their macro lenses giving them exceptional magnification. For the rest of us, the tubes generally won't get us to 1:1 but they definitely reduce the minimum focusing distance of the lens and permit us to get closer shots. With quality lenses, and that doesn't necessarily translate to expensive lenses, it is possible to get some exceptional shots, as our friend shooting with the Canon 18-55 has shown.

So explore tubes and start playing. With tubes the whole world opens up. Things you've walked past suddenly offer new opportunities for interesting subjects. It is all about having a good time!



May 13, 2011 at 03:27 AM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · Shooting with Tubes


Roses, roses everywhere, even along the fence in front of the Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in Mill Valley. I drove by and decided I wanted to take some photos. Those of the red Ferrari were without tubes so I won't mount them on this thread, but I did take a few photos of the roses with the 180 f/2.8 AI-s with the 36mm extension tube attached.



Both shot at f/5.6. The first shot is un-cropped, the second is.

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May 14, 2011 at 02:53 AM
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So, tubes you say! How about the Canon 400mm F5.6L with a 36mm Ext. tube?!?!














May 14, 2011 at 05:42 AM
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Great fun! When I was shooting with Canon gear, the 400 f/5.6L tantalized me considerably. Its reputation is stellar. I'm not surprised that it would perform beautifully with an extension tube. As I've said elsewhere, when I was shooting Canon I didn't know an extension tube from a toothpaste tube. It required six months of shooting with Nikon's manual focus glass for me to begin exploring the many ways to get close, from tubes, to reversing rings to closeup lenses.

Love the shots, even if they're a bit pornographic...



May 14, 2011 at 05:51 AM
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BugsMacro-8970 by bee_tee_double_you, on Flickr



May 14, 2011 at 03:06 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
That's the idea...

Just remember that with extension tubes all your lenses potentially become macro lenses. Of course, many inveterate macro shooters add tubes to their macro lenses giving them exceptional magnification. For the rest of us, the tubes generally won't get us to 1:1 but they definitely reduce the minimum focusing distance of the lens and permit us to get closer shots. With quality lenses, and that doesn't necessarily translate to expensive lenses, it is possible to get some exceptional shots, as our friend shooting with the Canon 18-55 has shown.

So explore tubes and start playing. With tubes the
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Thanks

I'm waiting for my coupler ring to come in, I ordered the wrong part. That will help me with reversing the 18-55 on the 55-250 extended to 250mm (sorry that there's no extension tubes on there, but in theory it's 250mm worth of extension tubes ). This is a quick shot with me hand holding the lens, just to give you an idea of the magnification. It's a bit blurry and there was some vignetting that I tried to correct in post, sorry. I'm hoping the coupling ring will fix these. I have to try shooting at f16 to get a bit more in focus at that magnification.








May 17, 2011 at 01:02 AM
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Love your spirit of adventure Alex. This really is how we learn... experimentation. My guess is that if you're going for such a level of magnification you're really going to need a tripod to keep your gear steady. Even the slightest movement will destroy focus. And shooting at such small apertures may necessitate some form of lighting as well.

I don't know if you've checked the thread on this Macro forum devoted to showing folks macro setup, but if not you owe it to yourself to check it out. Folks are very creative in how they solve both stability and lighting problems. Some of the solutions are surprisingly simply, like using a paper towel to disperse light from a flash to extraordinarily complex like the fellow who designed and built a highly sophisticated shutter coupled with a laser to capture bugs in flight. Takes your breath away. Here's a link...

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820



May 17, 2011 at 01:14 AM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Shooting with Tubes


Love it Roberta! It must be quite a lovely experience shooting such a fragrant blossom. Among my favorites are magnolia flowers with their lemony sweet scent.

Are you shooting in nature or in a studio type setting? And what are you using to light the subject? Although up to now I've used only natural light, I can certainly see how doing this kind of work would be facilitated with lighting assists.

Here's another shot taken last week with the 180 f/2.8 AI-s with a 36mm tube attached... cascading blossoms in front of the Ferrari dealership.



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May 17, 2011 at 02:17 AM
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I didn't intend to overlook your scary shot of the spider Steve. What lens and tube were you using? Inquiring minds want to know, since that is how I learn. Thanks for sharing.


May 17, 2011 at 02:21 AM
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