The 8 Best Extension Tubes
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in July of 2018. If you're looking to get into extreme closeup photography, but you can't afford to add an expensive new lens to your kit, you might want to try out a set of these extension tubes. By altering the position of the focal plane for the image projected on your camera's sensor, these simple, yet effective, tools can convert the majority of glass to perform like top-tier macro lenses. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best extension tube on Amazon.
November 25, 2019:
Since our last visit to this ranking, both Canon and Nikon have come out with full-frame mirrorless cameras, and both brands have redesigned their lens mounts to accommodate for the different physics in a mirrorless body. As such, we wanted to find extension tubes offered for each system, especially since neither company has released a true macro lens for their new cameras. (The closest thing is the 35mm 1.8 by Canon, which they call a macro option even though it's a 1:2 magnification ratio, instead of 1:1).
We also saw fit to add the JJC Auto Focus, which offers an option for Sony's E mount that accommodates their full-frame sensor. It's important to remember that Sony's first mirrorless cameras had APS-C sensors, and most of the extension tubes designed for that system are still on the market. To make things more confusing, Sony's APS-C and full-frame mounts are both called their E mount. And if you put an extension tube optimized for APS-C on a full-frame sensor, you'll get significant vignetting.