|Normally you would not shoot macro images at the widest focal length but sometimes it works just fine.|
One big advantage of Macro filters is they don't reduce the light reaching the sensor like extension tubes do so normally you can get away with a faster shutter speed. Anyway I have both tubes and filters and use them often.
|This little fella was captured with a short auto extension tube and a Sony 18-55mm OSS E mount lens, no problems going close them and plenty of detail.|
It might not be obvious, but this "Aqualegia" seed pod is very small, probably about a third of the size it appears on this page, again a short extension tube and Sony 18-55 OSS nails it with ease.
|All I had was the Sony18-55 OSS and of course the action was a bit far away, crop away I say, still looks fine doesn't it.|
I often advise my student to shoot a little wide these days to allow for creative post cropping that way you can get any final format you want, But don’t take that advise as an excuse for sloppy workmanship on your part!
|There is nothing sacred about a 2 to 3 ratio, crop to be creative and as a bonus that cropping might give you a better level of overall clarity as well as you have normally chopped off the less well resolved areas|
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Ok so next post we continue on our theme of creative use of the kit lens.