I was off on Friday so I packed up my camera with my new extension tubes and off I went to Duke Gardens. I decided to use the 36mm extension tube on my quest for pictures today. Before I get started I looked on line to see what others had to say and here is what Thom had to say about extension tubes...
"Extension tubes. Basically what the name implies: a hollow tube that fits between the camera and lens. This is similar to allowing the lens to focus further forward (extend, thus the name). I'll cut to the chase: just get the three-piece Kenko set (12, 20, 36), or just the smallest one (12mm). While no longer dirt cheap, the Kenkos are the only tubes that do a decent job of bringing the lens data to the camera."
Here are a few of my shots....
I liked several of the shots I was able to get with extension tube. My camera did overheat though and I had to give it breaks. I think this was due to the fact that I had it on auto focus and it was working very had to get a crisp shot. If and when I learn to work with the manual setting I think that will be better for my camera and probably my shots.
I am used to my P510 which is extremely versatile, I can quickly switch from macro to zoom without lens changes. There were several times I wanted to take distance shot of the gardens but that would require removal of the tubes. That being said I could never get the close up shots with the P510 that I got on my D3200 with the extension tubes.
I think I will get a shoulder bag and carry my P510 along when I go out shooting with the D3200.
Some qutoes from Digital Photography School
is the term used to describe the distance that the front element of your lens can be moved forwards. The further forward the element, the closer your lens can focus to your subject.