Zeikos ZE-CVAFN Auto Focus Macro Extension Tubes for Nikon
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- Photograph Bugs & Flowers
- Auto Focus
- Macro Photography
- Great for Coin & Stamp Collections
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Top Customer Reviews
You need to be at F32 at least because you have so little depth of field with the extension tubes stacked. But that is what I wanted. You can't beat this price for a set of 3 tubes. The Nikon ones are manual only. The Kenko are a bit better quality but cost 2-1/2 times the price. So if you're like me & want to play around with ultra macro (I mean photographing the hairs on a sugar ant), then this setup works just fine. I feel I got my money's worth. I purchased a 12mm Kenko and that did not have the reach I wanted. I returned the Kenko because the Kenko tube was more $ than all three of the Zeikos ZE-CVAFN Auto Focus Macro Extension Tubes. If you're a hobbyist, or amature, then these tubes work extremely well.
My main reason for buying these rings is to photograph butterflies where the 12 mm ring alone brings the closest focus distance of the above lens down from 3 ft to 1 ft when on the 200 mm FL setting. Auto focus worked fine. Even with all 3 tubes attached, autofocus generally worked especially if the subject was fairly two-dimensional but obviously the focus had to be within range, which is very limited for short focal length settings of the zoom (checked by switching to manual focus). For close-ups where object and image size are close, it would be sensible to use manual focus anyway and set it roughly 1/3 into the desired depth of field by moving the camera. So overall I am very satisfied with the product.
This set of three tubes is almost entirely plastic. It is well machined plastic with a quality feel to it but plastic none the less. In a way that is a benefit because they don't contribute much in the way of weight either on my camera or sitting in my camera bag. The only metal is the data connectors, lens release lever, and lens-facing mount. In particular, the camera-side mount is plastic. That is in a way another benefit since metal-to-metal mounts would need to be machined to tighter tolerances which would increase my cost.
The focusing and aperture controls work fine with my Nikon D200 and D90. The tube-to-camera fit is a big snug but quite workable. I don't notice any rattling or jiggling and as I use these exclusively when my camera is on a tripod I wouldn't expect to.
My experience with other Zeikos products is they provide good quality at a reasonable price. The extension tube set is no exception to that experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
these things work very well, i am glad I decided to get them. all my lenses still auto focus even if i am using all 3 tubes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by daniel caldwell
No auto anything on the Nikon d7000. My Camera doesn't even know it's attached. And I noticed I have to I have to keep twisted pressure on it like I'm tightening a screw otherwise... Read morePublished 13 months ago by tim
Would have given a 4 but af would not work but took great macro pic'sPublished 14 months ago by Rose
not a good investment, you have to be so close to the object that it's hard to use.Published 15 months ago by Rachawadee Patel