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    We've had a look at an inexpensive set of extension tubes from Meike, for Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses. They may be cheap but are they any good?

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    Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

    Thanks Ian, I suspect this is what many members of this forum have been waiting for.
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      Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

      I have 2 cheap sets the same sort of thing with metal mounts and they do all stack together and work. I would worry about the plastic mounts causing "dust" particles when rubbing up against the metal lens mounts.
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        Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

        Originally posted by Beagletorque View Post
        I have 2 cheap sets the same sort of thing with metal mounts and they do all stack together and work. I would worry about the plastic mounts causing "dust" particles when rubbing up against the metal lens mounts.
        I haven't seen any evidence of the plastic degrading on the mounts. Don't forget that Olympus also use plastic lens mounts and of course Olympus has the best dust reduction system too.

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          Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

          Originally posted by Ian View Post
          I haven't seen any evidence of the plastic degrading on the mounts. Don't forget that Olympus also use plastic lens mounts and of course Olympus has the best dust reduction system too.

          Ian
          I did with the 3 set of Kooka tubes I bought when using them with my Sigma 105 f2.8. They would be fine with the lighter lenses like the 60mm and 45-150 f-5.6R but not for the 40-150 f2.8 for instance.

          Just my opinion.
          Here is a thread on the Kooka tubes http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=38783
          OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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              Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

              Originally posted by Beagletorque View Post
              I have 2 cheap sets the same sort of thing with metal mounts and they do all stack together and work. I would worry about the plastic mounts causing "dust" particles when rubbing up against the metal lens mounts.
              Originally posted by Ian View Post
              I haven't seen any evidence of the plastic degrading on the mounts. Don't forget that Olympus also use plastic lens mounts and of course Olympus has the best dust reduction system too.

              Ian
              These are not long term tests I presume. I have 3 Kooka tubes which are plastic and they had a screw come loose using the Sigma 105 on them leading to a loss of connection between tubes. This must have led to an air gap too I suppose and you would think I was using a Canikon the amount of dirt that is on my sensor.
              This set up has had significant use I would suggest avoiding plastic tubes for all but occasional use or lighter lenses.

              Finding decent tubes for m4/3 is not at all easy and Olympus need to get there finger out and produce a set of three like the OM set not just a single tube like the EX-25.
              OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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                Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

                There are metal mount versions of the Meike tubes and I would guess these are available under various brands.

                Here is an example:

                [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015RCEZLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creat iveASIN=B015RCEZLA&linkCode=as2&tag=digitalphotog-21"]FOTGA AF Automatic Macro Extension Tube for Olympus: Amazon.co.uk: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51Th-XziSRL[/ame]

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                  Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

                  Originally posted by Ian View Post
                  There are metal mount versions of the Meike tubes and I would guess these are available under various brands.

                  Here is an example:

                  FOTGA AF Automatic Macro Extension Tube for Olympus: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

                  Ian
                  The Kooka set I have has metal mounts but they are plastic so no thanks on them also.
                  OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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                  • #10
                    Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

                    Originally posted by alfbranch View Post
                    The Kooka set I have has metal mounts but they are plastic so no thanks on them also.
                    Not sure I really understand the problem?

                    I suppose the original Kenko ones, which are all metal, might be up to the job but they are very pricey:

                    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007RDAULC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creat ive=6738&creativeASIN=B007RDAULC&linkCode=as2&tag= digitalphotog-21"]Kenko 10+16mm Extension Tube Set for Micro 4/3: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41R76pphe%[email protected]@[email protected]@41R76pphe%2BL[/ame]

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                    • #11
                      Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

                      Ian
                      They are plastic bodied with metal mounts and the mount started to come away ftom the body causing loss of connection. One of the screw threads gave way in the body of the the largest tube.

                      Two sets of the kenko tubes would do.
                      OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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                      • #12
                        Re: Meike Micro Four Thirds auto extension tubes reviewed

                        I have had Miekes for about a month and experimented them quite a lot. The build quality is a bit flimsy but that is reflected in the price. I have found correct front and back caps for them and keep them stored in a case when not in use. Also, I use them only with the Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R lens, which is lightweight and also has plastic mounts. So far so good.

                        The Siocore Pro macro converter that I use with the ensemble is metal and glass and a bit heavy for its size but it fits well abd gives good results.

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