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Why?

‘Cos I’d been needlessly driving myself nuts, on and off, for the past 2 weeks…and the torment ended today.

Over what?

Well, I’d never bought anything online before and took the plunge. And I’d heard horror stories regarding eBay purchases…so I’ve been like, “Will I get the wrong item? What if it’s damaged or in lousy condition? Will it work properly?”…blah blah blah, my neurotic neurons throbbed.

ANYWHO…my two extension tubes arrived today…and they are GORGEOUS.

Pics 1 and 2 aren’t stellar close-ups…they’re just test shots to make sure the tubes worked fine. The light wasn’t that great either. But I just had to share the test shots (and my wonderful day) with you all Grin

Pics 3, 4 and 5 are just informative shots for those interested in what extension tubes look like and where they fit in relation to the cam, i.e., between cam and lens. The duo cost me about 33 pounds including postage so they’re an affordable way to get up-close.

I’ve known about extension tubes ever since I fell in love with close-up photography when I was 15…but this is the first time I’ve actually had or used them. Well…I once used a toilet roll cardboard centre as an extension tube (the principle holds) and photographed the majorly magnified fibres on some fabric…but that doesn’t count Grin

Andrew

Camera:Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
Lens:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R + 10mm macro extension tube
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:52mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program Mode
White Balance:Auto
Title:Best...Day...Ever
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:1 Jul 2013 - 7:44 PM
Tags:10mm, 16mm, Close-up / macro, Extension, Flowers & plants, Tube, Tubes, Wildlife / nature
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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 7:55 PM

So pleased for you Andrew! A great moment and I love v2.
Ann

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9915 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 8:05 PM

a wonderful set Andrew,super detail and I hope you have hours of productive fun with your new purchase
Neil

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 8:10 PM

hope you have lots of fun with these andrew and two cracking shots to start off with nice ones Wink
andy

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 9:11 PM

Looks like Mr Punch says - "That's the way to do it!"
Regards
Bill

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franken
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1 Jul 2013 - 9:14 PM

I'm pleased that they work well for you Andrew.

Ken

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bunbeam
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1 Jul 2013 - 11:34 PM

all brilliant close ups
bunSmile

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 1:55 AM

Very cool stuff--- Welcome to the world of macro----those white flowers are sharp as tacks, and beautiful!

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Hermanus
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2 Jul 2013 - 3:37 AM

Great news that your mind is at rest and that you are blessed with your latest acquisition Andrew. The results are great - really lovely images Smile The first time I hear of extension tubes by the way - will investigate SmileGrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 5:39 AM

There'll be no stopping you now, Andrew WinkWink. So glad you are pleased with your purchases. V.2 is gorgeous, what is it? Carol

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 441 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 8:14 AM

Now you can have some fun Andrew - those extension tubes certainly work, just look at the detail in V2.
Carole

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 8:35 AM

Wow......... I likeGrinGrinGrin...... The images and the tubes!!!
I might have to purchase some of these... Think I best wait a few weeks though, the famous rainforesty buying site is taking a boost of sales since I bought my cameraWinkTongue
So pleased they have arrived and all is well AndrewGrinGrin
Love those fluffy jobs in V2!
Diane

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boov
boov  2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 - 10:03 AM

super set

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SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 10:07 AM

Ain't it great when things go right! Smile

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 12:28 PM

I really like v2. I've never used extension tubes, but they look like an interesting attachment. I would guess you need to use a tripod to get good sharp macros with them?

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ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 3:33 PM


Quote: There'll be no stopping you now, Andrew WinkWink. So glad you are pleased with your purchases. V.2 is gorgeous, what is it? Carol

It's a hoya, Carol.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 3:35 PM


Quote: Wow......... I likeGrinGrinGrin...... The images and the tubes!!!
I might have to purchase some of these... Think I best wait a few weeks though, the famous rainforesty buying site is taking a boost of sales since I bought my cameraWinkTongue
So pleased they have arrived and all is well AndrewGrinGrin
Love those fluffy jobs in V2!
Diane

Lol...the famous rainforesty buying site Grin Definitely better sounding than "tall muscular lady who can bend you in half" buying site.

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2 Jul 2013 - 3:38 PM


Quote: I really like v2. I've never used extension tubes, but they look like an interesting attachment. I would guess you need to use a tripod to get good sharp macros with them?

Movement is definitely an issue, not just with the narrowish focal plane but also with slower shutter speeds (which of course can be bumped up with upped ISO). Both these pics were taken with my monopod...which unfortunately still has some movement. A tripod would be ideal BUT with a tripod you can't get as close as you need to. And depending on the focal length, you do need to get really close to the subject otherwise you'll be out of range.

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dmhuynh72
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2 Jul 2013 - 4:19 PM

I got extension tubes too but too lazy to use them. Superb series and I am sure you will have many more stunning images ahead.
regards
Yung

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2 Jul 2013 - 10:15 PM

New worlds, well taken!
bought a set of 4 in Kota Damansara, Selangor. they cut the corners a bit but who cares, I just use a cropped setting like 30x24.. Today's shot was done with an extension tube on the 200-400. I refrained from buying them online as I had tried 2 sets before and found them too flimsy.

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2 Jul 2013 - 10:49 PM

So pleased all is well with your tubes...camera ones not yours personally....
Love V2...fantastic.
Hilary..(*_*)..xx

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2 Jul 2013 - 11:53 PM

I love the way you get so excited, Andrew, and I hope you have a lot of fun with these.

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4 Jul 2013 - 5:05 PM

Have to take a chance now and again...well done!
V2i is so beautifully captured
Lillian

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4 Jul 2013 - 7:52 PM

It looks like you picked up a real bargain Andrew and have put your new purchase to good use alreadySmile

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4 Jul 2013 - 11:25 PM

Hi Andrew,
I have bought one or two things from ebay, and they have all been good.
Nice shots.
Brian

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