Updated November 28, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Extension Tubes

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This wiki has been updated 9 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.

8. Fotodiox Macro 10-MCR-NK

7. Movo Photo AF Macro

6. Promaster 9760 Digital Set

5. Neewer Metal AF

4. Canon EF 25 II

3. Kenko DG Auto

2. JJC Auto Focus

1. Fotodiox Pro Automatic

Editor's Notes

November 26, 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.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 28, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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