Extension tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16, with X-T1 and X-T10

In my opinion the extension tubes MCEX-11 & MCEX-16 are not a must if you already have a macro lens, but are useful if you’d like to use your other lenses for macro. The three pictures below are handheld, using both tubes at once, and only cropped to square.

60mm macro with MCEX-11 (Xylocopa violacea on Phlomis fruticosa):

60mm macro with MCEX-16. You can get closer, but for me the MCEX-11 is easier:

Added 2.9.2015: X-T10, 50-230mm OIS II, MCEX-16 or both tubes.
Big advantage: you don’t have to get so close to the subject:

X-T1, 55-200mm, at 200mm, left without tubes, right with MCEX-11 and MCEX-16:

18-55mm, at 55mm, left without extension tubes, right with MCEX-11 and MCEX-16:

60mm macro, top left without extension tubes, top right with MCEX-11,
bottom left with MCEX-16, bottom right with both tubes:

Earlier examples with the 60mm macro and the extension tubes, February 2015.

For comparison: the X100s with no converter / TCL-X100 / WCL-X100.
I’d have expected the TCL-X100 to get closer than the WCL-X100.

X100s macro mode: tele converter

See also Raynox DCR-250 for macro, December 2013.

I did some tests and the tele converter is better suited for the kind of macro pictures I want to take (pictures 1-8) than the DCR-250 (picture 9): the pictures are sharper, there is more depth of field available and the tele converter has many other uses apart from macro.

Settings

  • drive: continuous H, 6 frames/sec
  • shutter speed 1/1000
  • iso auto

 

X100s macro mode, Raynox DCR-250

See also Tele converter for macro, June 2014

When I was trying to find out about the macro mode on the Fujifilm X100s I couldn’t find any pictures that satisfied my curiosity. So here are some examples. The pictures are cropped, but apart from that sooc.

My conclusions so far:

  • The X100s in macro mode doesn’t replace a dedicated macro lens
  • Not having to carry any heavy equipment can make up for a part of this
  • In macro mode I’d start at f4, 1/250 and take it from there
  • For real macro, the Raynox DCR-250 seems to be a good solution, see FastBlueSnail‘s and sadata‘s pictures.

FastBlueSnail / Nick from Singapore was kind enough to share some information about using the DCR-250 on the X100s:

  • The depth of field is usually wide enough at F13 to cover the macro subject.
  • I use a Canon 600ex via flash cord and a Rime Lite softbox. Sometimes I will use a second flash gun (slaved to the first) to light up the back of the subject.
  • I also stack a CPL on top of my Raynox to reduce some light glare. It is a very light setup which allows me to do macro without any tripod. I love it.

Update: pictures with the DCR-250:

I’m not completely convinced by it, but it opens some more possibilities.