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Questions re 200 1.8 with extension tubes

I\'m in the process of evaluating a 200 1.8L for hopeful purchase; \'J\' date code (1995), it looks great, focusses fast, is quite sharp wide open, and seems a good buy except...

I used a 36mm extension tube with it some this last weekend and found that there were fuzzy haloes around objects at wide-open apertures. I figured that, since depth-of-focus at 1.8 with tubes is hair-thin at most, that it was a focus problem, and needed some micro-focus adjustment. So, I\'ve done that - with a Lens-Align - but I\'m still getting the haloes. Today I set up the ubiquitous batteries and got out the old focus chart. I used a tripod, mirror-lockup, remote release, and 10x live-view manual focus, then looked at a few frames...

Below are three from each sequence, one full stop apart (I shot at 1/3 intervals). The fuzziness disappears completely by about f/3.2 in both batteries and chart. Also are a couple of \"real-world\" f/1.8 flowers from earlier in the week (today it\'s poured all day long, no outdoor time for me).

I\'ve never heard of extension tubes causing such a thing; my understanding is that they shouldn\'t affect image quality at all. I feel like I\'ve taken the focussing variable out of the question, and now I\'m stymied...Anyone have any ideas? Is this a normal \"issue\" (for lack of a better term) with the lens?

Of course I would probably never use a 1.8 aperture for tube-assisted macro, but I\'m wondering if this could be indicative of a problem that could surface later in some other way...and, naturally, I REALLY want to have no doubts about keeping this one...


(edit - I have to use two posts to get all the examples up)

Apr 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM

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