Like many folks I sometimes try things just to see what will happen…like my recent 5 tube test.
I was out at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory last week with one of our readers, Ray Miller, who recently purchased a Nikon 1 J5 along with a couple of Nikon 1 lenses. Ray had an interest in trying out his J5 with some extension tubes so I brought my Delux Vello and MOVO tubes along with me.
Part way through our visit to the conservatory it occurred to me that I had never tried to stack 5 extension tubes together and photograph butterflies hand-held. So I clicked all of my MOVO (10mm, 16mm, 21mm) and Deluxe Vello tubes (10mm, 16mm) together into a rather strange looking assembly, and gave it a try.
Ray Miller was kind enough to let me use the image he captured of me using my ‘5 tube’ extension tube set-up, for this article.
Stacking extension tubes together amplifies the magnification effect, but also creates penalties in terms of a loss of light and increasingly shallow depth-of-field. You’ll notice in the EXIF data that I captured all of the images in this article at f/8.
While the images themselves were certainly not award winners, taking them was a really fun experiment.
Capturing some of them also afforded me a few excellent opportunities to practice my J5 hand-holding technique.
As mentioned, all images were captured hand-held in available light. I used single point auto-focus for all of the images.
The next time you’re out with your camera gear and a strange thought enters your head about trying something odd or different – go with the flow! If nothing else you’ll have some fun!
NOTE: The photographs in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and Nik Suite.
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