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claibrook Basic MemberSat 11-May-02 10:13 PM
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"Extension Tubes for Bird Photography"


CA
          

I would like to know if any of you are using (or have used) extension tubes for bird photography. I'm thinking of getting one to use with my 80-400 lens. Sometimes I photograph in public parks and need to be closer to my birds than my 80-400's minimum focusing distance will allow. (I don't want to get in the way of other park users, especially if I am on a pathway.) Which extension tube did you use and why? How did it work out for you?

Cassie
from Beautiful British Columbia

  

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Gaspar61 Basic MemberSun 12-May-02 03:44 AM
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#1. "RE: Extension Tubes for Bird Photography"
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Evansville, US
          

I have used an extension tube on my 300 prime to focus closer for a bird shot. The 300 AI only focuses down to 13 feet, with a 27mm extension tube I can get down to about 6.5 feet. I have an inexpensive Vivitar tube set that works just fine for my uses.I would post a picture that I shot with this setup, if I could only find one. Have a lousy filing system.
I think they came out just fine using the tube in that way.

Mike

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darrell Registered since 01st Feb 2002Sun 12-May-02 02:35 PM
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Toronto, CA
          

I use them quite a bit. I have a set of Kenko tubes that work pretty well for me. Do realise that in lenses that focus off the body's motor (which I think the 80-400 does) will have their autofocus performance effected dramatically.

Good Luck!

Darrell
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Good Luck!

Darrell
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Philip Basic MemberSun 12-May-02 06:26 PM
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BE
          

Cassie,

I often use Nikon PN-13 or PK-11 rings with an AF-I 500mm f4. As these rings are older than the beginning of the AF era, I have to work in MF.
As Nikon hasn't thought about the idea of using a 500mm for bird photography at close range (3-4m) they haven't any AF ring (yet ???). Fellow Nikonians do recommend the Kenko rings, but I haven't found, tried or bought them yet.

Regards,
Philip

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claibrook Basic MemberMon 13-May-02 05:14 AM
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CA
          

Thanks for the replies. I think an extension tube would be worth a try. I'll have to get my hands on one.

Cassie
from Beautiful British Columbia

  

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WV photo Registered since 23rd Feb 2002Mon 13-May-02 08:10 PM
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Ghent, BE
          

Hi Cassie,

Indeed the Kenko set is very good for it's price, but you will loose all automatic features of lens and camera.
I had a client who modified a TC20E, took all the glass out and used it as a tube with all the automatics still working.
There is only one problem, this will be the most expensive tube you'll ever had

Greetings,
Wim

  

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claibrook Basic MemberMon 13-May-02 11:16 PM
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CA
          

Hi Wim! Yes, that would be a very expensive tube. I can live without autofocus, but what features would I lose on the camera?

Cassie
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Philip Basic MemberTue 14-May-02 08:46 AM
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BE
          

>I can live without autofocus, but what features would I lose
>on the camera?

a lot ... depending on what camera you have.

Take a look at the previous post : Extension rings for AF cameras + AF lenses (http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID6/1063.html).

Regards,
Philip

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darrell Registered since 01st Feb 2002Tue 14-May-02 03:56 PM
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Toronto, CA
          

Other features....not quite sure what you are referring to. I have Kenko tubes and as far as I can tell all of the automatic features pass through them flawlessly. VR is the one feature I don't know about. Nikon tubes on the otherhand are a whole other nightmare. I will say again that autofocus performance though is an issue especially with the F80 instead of the F100.


Good Luck!

Darrell
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Good Luck!

Darrell
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claibrook Basic MemberTue 14-May-02 09:43 PM
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#11. "RE: Extension Tubes for Bird Photography"
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Cassie
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Photophil Awarded for his valuable contributions to the Resources, most notably in Wildlife Photography Basic MemberTue 14-May-02 09:10 PM
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#9. "RE: Extension Tubes for Bird Photography"
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Gent, BE
          

>Indeed the Kenko set is very good for it's price, but you
>will loose all automatic features of lens and camera.

Sorry Wim, but that isn't true. The Kenko ET lets all automatic features pass through. It's the Nikon ET that doesn't. I also use the Kenko ET and they work very well although they are made of plastic and feel "cheap". Anyhow, that doesn't bother me because there is no glass involved. It is just a hollow tube.

Cheers,
Philippe

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claibrook Basic MemberTue 14-May-02 09:38 PM
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#10. "RE: Extension Tubes for Bird Photography"
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CA
          

Hey Philippe! You're back! Well, I will just have to give one of those extension tubes a try and see how it goes. Thanks for all the replies.

Cassie
from Beautiful British Columbia

  

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