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Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG 12mm, 20mm, and 36mm Tubes for Nikon AF Digital and Film Cameras - AEXRUBEDGN
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- Designed to enable a lens to focus closer than its normal set
- Very Useful for Macro Photography
- The Extension Tubes have no optics
- Focus Closer to the objects you see and enjoy the feel of photography
- Auto Extension Tube Set for the Nikon AF Mount
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Use of any of these tubes on a lens with a focal length of less than 55mm (on a digital camera with an APS-C sensor, 1.5x crop) will result in a focusing distance so close you would only be able to photograph the individual stamen. For example, with the 36mm tube on a 50mm lens, I could capture a human hair from a few inches away. Even the 12mm on a 50mm lens results in an exceptionally close focusing distance (eg, photographing a small nail). However, with the 12mm tube on an 85mm lens, I can capture a flower at about 18 inches away.
The tubes are decently made. I have the light-weight plastic Nikon lenses, so not a problem for these and no flexing.
Feels like a quality product right out of the box. The mounts are metal which gives me confidence using all three tubes between my lenses and the camera. The tubes are plastic, but sufficient quality for average use and abuse. Connecting the tubes to a lens; however, is a little disconcerting because you can feel the bearings of the lens catch on the electronic contacts of the tube that pass the signal on to the camera. It's clear now that no damage is being done, but I still connect lenses slowly to avoid any problems. Lens weight becomes an issue when trying to attach a 70-300mm VR lens, especially when using all three extensions between the lens and camera body. Sagging of the lens and slight separation between the metal mounts of each tube is noticeable. I would feel safer if Kenko offered a 'lens collar' solution for such conditions to prevent the camera body taking all the weight. However, for my macro and small zoom lenses, I have no worries while I'm shooting.
Experimenting with extension tubes is a lot of fun, but you could experience instant buyer's remorse if you don't have the right lens. Extension tubes allow you to focus on objects that are otherwise too close for the lens to focus on. This is great when using a 70-300mm lens for macro photography, but zoomed in with my 18-70mm DX lens with all extensions attached I was able to focus on the dust resting on the front glass element of the lens itself! Amusing, but the working distance was too shallow to be useful. (My favorite combo is using my 60mm micro lens with all 3 tubes) Auto-focus comes and goes and depends on how many tubes you have stacked as well as available light.Read more ›
I have tried the 12mm with my Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, and it works but the focusing distance -- even with such a short extension -- is uncomfortably short for me. So I have mostly used these tubes with my Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens. Using the extension tubes with a tele zoom is quite flexible. Because extension tubes modify magnification differently for different focal length lenses, zooming changes the maximum magnification as well as the focal distance with the zoom. So you can frame the shot using the zoom or set the focal distance to something comfortable for the given subject just by adjusting the zoom.
The "gotcha" in using extension tubes with a tele lens is that, while you get better focusing distance with a tele, you also get less magnification. The way to figure out how much magnification you'll get is by reading the spec for your lens.Read more ›
Wish the build quality was a little better. Extensions are plastic (& aluminum) and feel flimsy. Mounted a 70-300mm with all three extension, noticed bowing on the outside, but pictures were fine. Didn't trust it, had to have a hand on the lens. Feels fragile with with all three mounted. Still works perfect though.
Very fun to photograph macro shot with any lens. Opens a whole new world. Great kit, lots of options. Made in Japan. Probably more durable than it looks. Buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use them even on my 600mm and they seem to work great. My 600mm focuses pretty fast with them. My 200mm macro focuses slow but does without the extensions.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works great, auto exposure and focus, I use on my 18-140 zoom and I like it better than a fixed macro lens. Nikon D5300.Published 5 months ago by Tayho
I would recommend these !! They work great with my nikon lens.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
They gave me a cheap way to go macro on a Nikon D800E. They are plastic and that gives me some concern, but the lens and camera mounts are metal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alan D. Granger
The product worked as it should. Auto focus is spotty but for TRUE macro work, manual is needed. Serving as a spacer with no glass (no loss of Image Quality) you can't go wrong. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ced
Used them once. I like them well enough but I have no basis for comparison to any other extension tubes out there. You'll have to do your own research on the competition.Published 7 months ago by Doug Shuping