Four gear options for macro
Most kit lenses focus at around 25cm from the camera’s sensor, which gives a magnification of roughly 0.35x at 55mm. This isn’t ideal for extreme close-ups, so you’ll need either a dedicated macro lens, or a way to give your existing lens greater magnification. Here we check out four options that will get you better close-up results...
1 Extension tubes From £100
These don’t contain any glass, but simply put a gap between your camera and lens, thereby increasing the magnification. Look out for tubes with an electronic connection, like the Kenko set above, so your lens will work exactly as normal.
2 Macro lens From £310
Undoubtedly the best-quality option for serious close-up photography is a proper macro lens, although it’s also the most expensive. To find out which is right for you, check out our macro group test on p138. We recommend Sigma’s 105mm.
3 Close-up filter kit From £45
Screwing onto the front of your existing lens, a close-up filter magnifies the subject for more detailed results. We like Hoya’s Close-up Lens Set II, which includes three filters in different strengths. Available in 40.582mm threads.
4 Reverse ring adapter From £10
This simple metal mount lets you attach your lens back to front. This allows for a much closer focusing distance, mimicking a dedicated macro lens. Note, though, that with no electrical connection all settings are fully manual.