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Best...Day...Ever

By ChiliMan
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

Tags: 10mm Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Tube Extension Tubes 16mm Wildlife and nature

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Comments


AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 7:55PM
So pleased for you Andrew! A great moment and I love v2.
Ann

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cantona43 Plus
12 924 4 England
1 Jul 2013 8:05PM
a wonderful set Andrew,super detail and I hope you have hours of productive fun with your new purchase
Neil
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 8:10PM
hope you have lots of fun with these andrew and two cracking shots to start off with nice ones Wink
andy
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 9:11PM
Looks like Mr Punch says - "That's the way to do it!"
Regards
Bill
franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 9:14PM
I'm pleased that they work well for you Andrew.

Ken
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 11:34PM
all brilliant close ups
bunSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Jul 2013 1:55AM
Very cool stuff--- Welcome to the world of macro----those white flowers are sharp as tacks, and beautiful!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Jul 2013 3:37AM
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
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
2 Jul 2013 5:39AM
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
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 8:14AM
Now you can have some fun Andrew - those extension tubes certainly work, just look at the detail in V2.
Carole
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 8:35AM
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
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 10:03AM
super set
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
2 Jul 2013 10:07AM
Ain't it great when things go right! Smile
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
2 Jul 2013 12:28PM
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?
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
2 Jul 2013 3:33PM

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.
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
2 Jul 2013 3:35PM

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.
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
2 Jul 2013 3:38PM

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.
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 4:19PM
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
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Jul 2013 10:15PM
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.
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
2 Jul 2013 10:49PM
So pleased all is well with your tubes...camera ones not yours personally....
Love V2...fantastic.
Hilary..(*_*)..xx
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 11:53PM
I love the way you get so excited, Andrew, and I hope you have a lot of fun with these.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 5:05PM
Have to take a chance now and again...well done!
V2i is so beautifully captured
Lillian
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
4 Jul 2013 7:52PM
It looks like you picked up a real bargain Andrew and have put your new purchase to good use alreadySmile
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
4 Jul 2013 11:25PM
Hi Andrew,
I have bought one or two things from ebay, and they have all been good.
Nice shots.
Brian

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