How to make a DIY extension tube from a Pringles can

Aug 7, 2019

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How to make a DIY extension tube from a Pringles can

Aug 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Macro lenses can be pretty expensive, but luckily, there are several ways to shoot macro photos on a budget. You can turn any lens into a macro lens, and in this video, Raj Khepar will show you how to do it quickly and on the cheap with some help from a Pringles can.

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How to make it:

Take your Pringles can and cut it at about 12cm length (~4.7 in). Keep in mind: the longer the tube, the greater the magnification. But, you’ll also lose more light with a longer tube, so don’t get too carried away. : )

Next, attach the lens on one end of the Pringles can using some duct tape. Check if there are any light leaks and add more tape if necessary.

Make eight incisions on the other end of the Pringles can. Fold down four flaps and cut the excess off. Then, attach the other end of the tube to the camera body, again using duct tape. And you’re ready to go!

When you use an extension tube, you will lose some light. So, it’s a good idea to illuminate your subject. And if you really like Pringles, you can buy a few more packs and make this strip light. Or this diffuser for a built-in flash. Or perhaps this diffuser for external flash.

Make sure to watch the video for full instructions and some examples, as well as a few more useful tips from Raj.

[Make a MACRO LENS with a PRINGLES TUBE!! | Raj Khepar]

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3 responses to “How to make a DIY extension tube from a Pringles can”

  1. Greg Silver Avatar
    Greg Silver

    Cheap yes, but the quality isn’t that great. You get what you pay for.

  2. Marcell Nikolausz Avatar
    Marcell Nikolausz

    Or just buy some dirty cheap one

  3. Peter Avatar
    Peter

    …I can remember doing this sort of thing with my Nikon FM & 50mm using a wrapping paper tube : Filled the frame with a fly’s eye !