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Cheap and effective
on 28 November 2007
I got these because I wanted to dabble with macro photography and couldn't justify the expense of one of Canons better macro lenses. Canons tubes are unreasonably costly given that you're only buying extra air between the lens and the sensor, so these are a good compromise.
The Kenko tubes are solidly built and fit together tightly with the Canon 400D body and EF lenses I've used them with. In fact the body fit is *very* tight, almost too much so, though in practice I've not seen any damage or marks on the Canon body mount.
All the usual lens auto-focus and auto exposure stuff continues to work, though as you'd expect with macro photography it's better to rely on manual focus and use a tripod.
The three tubes can be combined, and with a 50mm lens can give a magnification factor of up to 1.47 which is more than adequate for most circumstances. Combined with the cheap but effective 50mm F1.8 lens it makes a pretty good setup. Of course you can use other lenses, the limiting factor will be how close you have to get to the subject, and the available light. Of course this is where a specialised macro lens comes in...
There's an instruction leaflet which, while it's only a single sheet of paper, does manage to convey all the information you'll need to be able to make effective use of the tube set.