Close up of a Fly

Canon EOS 20D with EF 85mm F/1.8 USM with Macro Adapter. 1/250, ISO 400, F/4

This photo was taken one morning while I was hiking in the forest. The fly was on top of the leaf and wasn’t moving so I took the opportunity and tried to get close as much as I can. I was using my EF 85mm F/1.8 at that time with the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube. I didn’t have a dedicated macro lens at that time as I just sold my EF 100mm F/2.8 macro usm.

I like the EF 85mm F/1.8 and Pro Optic Extenstion Tube combination, it’s lite, and it really works for occasional macro. I did a review of the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube which you can find here.

  • Tip:
An extension tube like the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube is a great alternative to a dedicated macro lens. The biggest advantage of an extension tube is, it's cheaper, and you can use it with your existing lenses. The disadvantage is that, it will be hard to focus because of the very shallow depth of field and you have slow  auto focus or none at all. But it works and is way cheaper. If you are an occasional macro shooter, an extension tube may work for you.


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