Why no NEX macro estension tubes?
Old 02-11-2011   #1
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Why no NEX macro estension tubes?

Looked high and low on the Internet for a set of macro extension tubes for the NEX. Seems like a no-brainer. What am I missing here?

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Old 02-11-2011   #2
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Easy to adapt to something more readily available. Alpha, L39, M42, Om etc, etc.........That's the beauty of Nex.
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Old 02-12-2011   #3
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Well, that's true. But with the EP-2, you can get an aftermarket extension tube which provides a m4/3 mount the requisite number of millimeters away from the camera's mount. Each legacy-lens specific adapter can affix to it. With NEX, if you use Nikon, Konica AR, Pentax M42 and Leica M and R lenses you then need extension tubes for each brand. I'm not saying it can't be done, but there is a PIA factor, which am surprised the market has not overcome. I guess the answer is that cross-platform macro is currently a practice or need without a market constituency.

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Old 02-13-2011   #4
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Looked high and low on the Internet for a set of macro extension tubes for the NEX. Seems like a no-brainer. What am I missing here?

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It doesn't look like the current E-mount lens line (16, 18-55, 18-200) has any lens that goes well with an extension tube. The 16 is too short, so that even a minute amout of extension will move the far focus distance inside the lens, and the zooms have a comparable problem at 18mm. I guess Sony doesn't want to have to explain all the limitations that go with tubes..
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Zooms tend to look bad on extension tubes anyway.

At least for Four Thirds there are some dedicated native macro lenses already where an extension tube makes sense.
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Zooms tend to look bad on extension tubes anyway..
That depends on the zoom lens. The longer they are, the better they do. You'll find that telephoto zooms (e.g. 70-200, 70-300) do quite well with tubes..
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Old 02-14-2011   #7
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I have just received my new Nex-3 body this last Saturday. Played with it all weekend, and I'm really, really pleased with it. Wonderful with my Minolta MC Rokkors, the 16, 21, 35/1.8, 58/1.2, 85/1.7, 100/2.8, 135/2.8 and 200/3.5.

I have several sets of Minolta MC Extension tubes that will work just great with the Nex-3. Tubes work best with normal to longer focal length lenses.
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