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Old Jan 12, 2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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All things being equal except perhaps of cost, would the 45 macro be preferable to extension tubes? I have a nice collection of Pany lenses but not the 45. Thanks in advance.- Erhard
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Old Jan 13, 2014, 3:47 AM   #2
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I'd suggest you go with a set of the generic AF tubes first and see if you are really interested in macro. You can achieve @1:2 with just a 10mm tube at 45mm with any lens at close focus. That's the same as 1:1 with 35mm.

If you want closer to true 1:1, then the dedicated macro lens is a better choice.

If your interest is more like small flowers and nature subjects or similar, I think the tubes are fine. If you're thinking bugs, then you probably want the macro lens.
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Thank you for the information BBbuilder. I was a little hesitant with the tubes at first due to coming from an Oly system and using the 4/3 adaptor with a micro camera. I have since switched to micro lenses and stare at my now useless adapter.
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Thank you for the information BBbuilder. I was a little hesitant with the tubes at first due to coming from an Oly system and using the 4/3 adaptor with a micro camera. I have since switched to micro lenses and stare at my now useless adapter.

What I was referring to are the new "generic" AF tubes for m4/3. Meike, Fotga, etc., are in the $25-$50 range for the 10mm+16mm set.

They are so inexpensive and convenient you can't afford not to have them.
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Would the tubes with electrical contacts be worth it?
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Old Jan 13, 2014, 8:07 PM   #6
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Would the tubes with electrical contacts be worth it?
Yes, that's what I'm talking about. These are AF tubes like the Kenko. They have the contacts so you'll have autofocus, IS, auto stop-down, etc.
 
These aren't the blank tubes with no contacts. Those things are worthless.
 
These are the type I'm referring to:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...bes+for+m4%2F3
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BBbuilder,thanks again for your helpful input. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. - erhard
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