Close-up lens or Extension tube for DSLR video?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ndpuckhead, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. ndpuckhead macrumors member

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    I'm doing how-to product clips with a T3i and need to be able to get close-up shots of the product. Would I be better off with Extension tubes or a Close-up lens?
     
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    Depends on how much magnification you need. Canon has some nice screw on filters for "basic" macro.
     
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    Tubes can do weird things with zoom lenses if you bump the zoom at all. As cgbier mentioned, you can get macro filters, and that might be better for your purposes. I have a set of Tiffen filters that I got for probably $30 USD.
     
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    How do you like it? Is it worth the 80 bucks?
     
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    I think so. I like them, I use them a lot for product shots like you're talking about. I haven't noticed any distortion or vignetting.
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info!
     
  10. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Tiffen is about the lowest satisfactory level I'd go with filters, so, yes, they are worth the money.
     
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    If I couldn't get a dedicated macro lens, I'd use an extension tube, rather than placing some cheap glass between the sensor and my lens, or in front of my lens. I could be wrong, but I don't see what difference the type of lens you have makes. Only thing I know is you won't be able to focus to infinity. You're not degrading the image quality at all, just changing the focal length.
     

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