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18-55mm lens....raynox dcr 250 and extension tubes ?

wattley 8 11 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 10:22AM
Would this combination get reasonable macro shots.I`ve just bought a Canon 450d,can`t really afford a good macro lens just yet,but need something to get some decent shots this summer.Someone mentioned this raynox thing,just wondered if it would work with extension tubes aswell.

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wattley 8 11 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 10:23AM
Getting caried away here,it`s a 400d..Tongue
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
28 Feb 2010 12:36PM
I would try your 18-55mm lens with the extension tubes, Before adding anything else into the mix.

Or if you don't have extension tubes yet, Try the reverse mounting technique, All you need is the reverse mount adapter.

For budget macro projects, Tubes or reverse mount are a good introduction to macro, Without the expense of a true macro lens.

That said there is nothing to compare with a dedicated macro lens, Once you get serious about macro.
NikLG 12 1.7k England
28 Feb 2010 9:47PM
I use extension tubes on my 50mm 1.8 ( Nikon gear.. ). I have tried them on a mid zoom ( 18-70 ) and don't them too useful on that. They do work, but not as well as the fast ( ish ) prime.
They are relatively cheap to pick up though, so may be worth a try....
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 10:50PM
Remember that extension tubes are useless on wide angle lenses, and this is the one area where the close-up lenses are useful. If you are going to try tubes, use them at the 55mm end.

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