Fujifilm MCEX-16 Macro Extension REVIEW

In my latest review video i´m showing you how to make any Fujinon lens,  which is compatible with the MCEX-16 extension tube, a macro lens.  If you haven´t allready make shure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, its completely free and you will be one of the first to know when a new video is online! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTupTj11iyk_Baxt29EsQQ

 

 

ABOUT THE MCEX MACRO EXTENSION TUBES

You can choose from 2 types of macro extension tubes, depending on the level of magnification you require. 11mm  & 16mm tubes are available.

In this table you can see which lens is compatible with the MCEX-16 and also with the MCEX-11 macro extension tube. You can also see the minimum working distance in mm and the shortest shooting distance and also the max. magnification.

I have chosen the MCEX-16 because i wanted the most magnification using my Fujinon 50-140 2.8 lens. The MCEX-11 is a very good choice too since it works with more lenses like my Fujinon 16mm 1.4. I think it´s more versetail to use the tube with a zoom lens. especially if you want to shoot closeups of animals, insects…like i´m showing in my image samples.

 

BUILD QUALITY

The mount rings of both tubes are made of high-grade solid metal and are precisely manufactured to suit the XF lenses and the X-series interchangeable cameras perfectly. There are cheaper extension tubes too which you can get from china and so on, but i would definetly recommend to buy the original Fujifilm tubes, these work just perfectly and even hold telephoto lenses very safe.

 

THE MCEX-16+ FUJINON 50-140 2.8

Now how is it shooting with this combo? The great thing about this extension tube is that you still get full AF, so it really feels like shooting with a true macro lens. You can use it at 50mm and get very close to the subject you want to shoot or use it at 140mm if you can´t get so close, which is very usefull for example if you want to shoot very detailed close up shots of animals before they run away, or if you don´t want to cast a shadow in the image when you are shooting in bright sunlight and you don´t have a flash with you.

When you are shooting at F2.8 handheld it can be quite difficult, because the shallow depth of field is so tiny, so you will need some practice, but it´s definetly a lot of fun and you get super creamy bokeh.

 

IMAGE SAMPLES

Everything shot handheld using the Fuji XT-2 + MCEX-16 + Fujinon 50-140 2.8. Processed in Capture One Pro and final filmlook in RawTherapee 5

CONCLUSION

The MCEX-16 macro extension tube is great and very affordable way to get into macro photography on the Fuji X-System. For only about 80$/€ you can use your existing compatible lens and shoot macros with it. It really works very well and also with autofocus, it will not replace a true macro lens but if you only shoot macros from time to time and you don´t want to carry an extra macro lens with you, this is a great solution. You could also use this tube on a wedding for example to shoot very detailed close up shots of the marriage rings and so on, when you are finished with the shots just take it off and use your lens again without macro. I can definetly recommend this extension tube, it´s one of those gadgets once you have it, you will ask yourself why haven´t i discoverd this earlier?

 

If you want to support this blog and purchase the macro extension tubes and other gear, please use these Amazon links:

Fujifilm MCEX-16 on Amazon US

Fujifilm MCEX-11 on Amazon US

Fujinon 50-140 2.8 on: Amazon US

Fuji XT2 on:  Amazon US

Fuji X-T2 Booster Grip on: Amazon US

Fujinon 56mm 1.2 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16-55mm 2.8 on: Amazon US

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