A little while ago I wrote about using close-up lenses as a possible cheap alternative to a macro lens. I was quite pleased with the results, but decided to try another cheap alternative – extension tubes. Essentially extension tubes move the lens further from the camera, allowing you to focus on objects closer to the lens, and therefore produce larger images. They have advantages and disadvantages over close-up lenses…

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I’ve always wanted to have a go at close-up photography, but never quite summoned up enough enthusiasm to shell out for a decent macro lens. Last week I came across a set of close up lenses on Amazon, for the bargain price of £8. Yes, £8. Clearly they aren’t going to be the highest quality, but for £8 I thought it was worth the risk. They might just be good enough to get me hooked, and enthusiastic enough to buy some proper kit!

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