Four gear op­tions for macro

Practical Photography (UK) - - Explore Nature -

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.

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