Budget Macro Photography Setup (Extension Tubes) vs A Dedicated Macro Lens
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Last year I made a video showing the budget set up I made for macro photography. It uses the Canon 600d (Outdated, now the 700d) with the kit lens plus a set of extension tubes, a cheap flash from china and a diffuser made from a take away box. This has been my go to set up for macro photography for about 3-4 years now, I was struggling with some product photography using the extension tubes though so I upgraded to the 100mm f 2.8 lens from Canon to help streamline my shooting process.
This was the lens I wanted originally but couldn’t justify the price. I’ve been shooting more close up products lately so I decided to bite the bullet and get the lens to help steam line my process. I was still curious to compare the 2 sets ups so I got two 10p coins and tried to get the same photo but with the 2 different set ups.
For the 100mm macro setup I used the 5d mark iii and a Elinchrom BRX 500. I know some people will moan saying that it’s not a fair test but I don’t care. This was the set up I wanted when I first started so I was aiming to get 60-70% of the results with my budget set up. Now I have the set up so it was time to compare the difference.
I put the smallest extension tube and lined up the camera with the coin trying to fill the frame. Then I set up the 100mm macro lens to get something similar.