Macro Extension Tubes
I need to take close-up photographs quite often, but I’ve been disappointed by the quality of the macro adapter filters that screw onto the front of the existing camera lens. So today, I brought myself a shiny little present from ebay. Macro extension tubes sit between your existing lens and the body of your camera, allowing you to take very close shots with a reasonable quality. Although my camera uses the 4/3 standard, I already owned an adapter ring that would let me use OM mount lenses on my digital body. So I got a set of three extension tubes with an Olympus OM fitting, for just under £30.
The results are much better than I expected. Even without a tripod or proper lighting, I was able to snap off a few worthwhile shots within minutes of fitting the tubes onto the camera. I used a 50mm F1.3 lens from my old Olympus OM camera to get these lovely shots of objects on the 2mm-5mm scale:
If you are interested in macro photography, then I thoroughly recommend getting a set of macro extension tubes before you splash out on an expensive lens.