11 years 9 months ago #3723 by truckin646
For close-up photography, which would be the better buy? A bellows or extension tubes?

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11 years 9 months ago #3768 by jim1975
It depends on what you are planning to do? Bellows are heavy,but they give you 2x the extension of the tube. The extension is fully auto and lightweight. So what exactly will you be shooting?

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11 years 9 months ago #4015 by wms
I would vote for extension tubes. However my first choice would be for a macro lens, this can also be used with tubes to get even closer.

When I venture out with a minimum amount of equipment i do include a close up filter type lens, although I do carry the canon doublet, which reduces the amount of distortion compaired to a typical single lens close up filter type adaptor.


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11 years 9 months ago #4166 by Yasko
Depends on two things:

1. are you using manual lenses with a manual f-ring, or autofocus auto-aperature lenses?
2. How much you want to spend?

If you plan on using an autofocus lens without aperature ring, you NEED tubes/bellows with electronic contacts so your lens can communicate with your camera. This leads to price....

Electronic contacted bellows are Pricey. Electronically contacted tubes aren't. My setup is a compromise.

My tubes are electronically contacted, and I use it with my autofocus macro lens. I have a cheap bellows that's not electronically contacted that I use with manual reversed prime lenses. So there's lots of options - choose based on what lenses you plan to use.

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