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Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II

B&H # CAETEF12Q Mfr # 9198A001
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The result of using extension tubes is that the distance from the back of the lens to the film surface is longer, which means you can take photographs at shorter distances to the subject. Extension tubes are thus commonly used for macro photography and sometimes for closeup portraits.

When using the camera's TTL metering system, no exposure compensation will be required (exposure compensation is required for handheld meters).

This updated version II is now also fully compatible with Canon Digital EF-S lenses, as well as standard photo EF and TS-E lenses.

Extension Tube EF 12 II is especially suited for close-focusing with wide-angle lenses. Compatible with all lenses, except 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, 14mm f/2.8L and MP-E 65mm f/2.8.

Shortens focusing distance of lens
Compatible with digital EF-S lenses, as well as EF and TS-E lenses
White-index mark provided for digital SLR EF-S lenses
Red mark provided for photo lenses
Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II
  • Lens Caps
  • Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonExtension Tube EF 12 II
     
    4.8

    (based on 154 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (127)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (128)
    • Lightweight (118)
    • Durable (106)
    • Reliable (95)
    • Improves product function (7)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (5)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (138)
    • Travel (25)
    • Studio (21)
    • Portraits (18)
    • Everyday (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (73), Semi-professional (46), Professional (21)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (92), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Having fun

    Photography is a hobby. I like to shoot closeups but at this point don't want to spend the money on a dedicated macro lens so got this extension tube and have had it for...Read complete review

    Photography is a hobby. I like to shoot closeups but at this point don't want to spend the money on a dedicated macro lens so got this extension tube and have had it for a week. Use it mainly with my "nifty fifty" lens and have tried it with my 70-200mm f4 lens. I have a Canon 7D. It does not work with auto focus. But not a problem. Sending along a photo with and without the extension tube.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Tight fit on 24-105L Canon

    I have difficulty mounting the lens on the tube. The last 2/3 of the twist is very tight and not especially smooth. The lens mounts smoothly directly to the camera. I works...Read complete review

    I have difficulty mounting the lens on the tube. The last 2/3 of the twist is very tight and not especially smooth. The lens mounts smoothly directly to the camera. I works well with the 180 Canon macro. Perhaps the problem is the lens mount.

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    5.0

    Worthy of Canon name!

    By MERLIN

    from Denver

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

      I wanted to do some macro photography without buying a new lens.

      Good solid build and fastens to my camera and lens with a snug firm fit. Not to tight and definitely not loose. Work great with my 70-300 Tamron no wiggle at all and well with my 17-50 Tamron but at the upper end of the zoom range. On my 10-20mm the focus distance is just to close to the glass to make it worth while and at the 10mm the focus is inside the glass.

      It will fit very well in my travel pack without hogging the available space.

      Kudos to B&H for timely delivery exactly as ordered.

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      3.0

      canon EF 12 extension tube

      By joey

      from minnetonka, minnesota

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

        the canon extension tube really gets you so much closer to smaller subjects without having to buy an expensive macro lens. I'm using it with my canon 85mm 1.8 lens and the auto focus works well. There is some vignetting but it could be due to the small depth of field. In the reviews I read it was useable with most lens but when I tried to use it on my canon EF 35mm 1.4 I could not get it to focus at all.

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        5.0

        Great Addition

        By Tank

        from Walnut Creek, CA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

          I use this with a Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens and it is great. I have a 100 mm Canon Macro but it is big and heavy. This fits easily into my vacation camera bag that holds only the 6D, 24-105 mm lens, a flash, small tripod, the 50mm and now the Extension Tube.

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          5.0

          High quality product

          By Boyd

          from San Jose, CA

          Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

          Fits Lens and camera nicely

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          4.0

          Poor Man's Macro - I Love It!

          By PackMan

          from Olive Branch, MS

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Canon
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • A Bit Tricky
          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

          I pair this with my 40mm 2.8 and it is a nifty macro set up.
          Focusing is a challenge, so is DOF. But with a little patience and practice, you can get nice results.

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          4.0

          Better than I expected

          By carlos90210

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

            I was not sure about this item but it proves to be very helpfull.
            Very happy with it. The price does not break your wallet.

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            5.0

            Sturdy

            By Jhwsfla

            from Orlando

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                Sturdy and fits solid I tried another and wasnt as solid in the fit

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                5.0

                Great tube for the macros

                By shasta

                from N.CA

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                  I use this tube with a 100mm Canon macro. It doesn't add weight and gets you much closer to your subject. Well worth the extra cost for a well constructed, quality tube.

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                  5.0

                  An extention tube that fits all

                  By JB Parsipppany

                  from Parsippany NJ

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                    I had another brand of extention tube and recently purchased the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. The other brand of extention tube did not work because the sigma (as well as other lenses) is rear focus which hit some of the structure of the tube. The Canon tube works perfect and now I do not have to carry a macro lense while traveling.

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                    5.0

                    Well made equipment for macro work

                    By Bob

                    from Evanston, IL

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Not Good With Wide Angle

                    Best Uses

                    • Focus Closer Wlonger Len
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                    This extension tube will allow standard lenses to be used in macro photography without degrading lens quality. The EF12 is the shortest and will give you the least extra CU focusing distance which can be a great help with longer lenses. I wanted to use it with my 16-35MM set at 16MM, but the furthest focusing distance was about 2" from the subject which is too close for my project. That has no bearing on the excellent quality and ease of use. Don't forget, you will lose some light value with the extension tube.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product!

                    By Christa

                    from Laguna Niguel, Ca

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                      I love my Canon extension tube. I use it with my 50mm lens to get close up for food photography. I have definitely had to practice this method of photography, but the tube works great, it is easy to put on and take off. B&H shipping was fast!!! I will continue to use B&H for my photography equipment in the future!

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!!

                      By Ghuerta1

                      from Edinburg, Texas

                      Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                      Did everything I thought it would!

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                      5.0

                      Does what it is supposed to

                      By Ted

                      from Saint Charles, MO

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Close-up Photography
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Close-up photography
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                        I've tried the Extension Tube EF 12 II separately, and with a Extension Tube EF 25 II on all of my Canon EF, EF-S, and Sigma lenses. My T5i works well with all combinations by reducing significantly the minimum focus length.

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                        5.0

                        Nice extension tube

                        By ClassicSax

                        from Buffalo, NY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Super telephoto

                          Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                          This is the shortest extension tube by Canon. It allow full communications between the camera and the lens. Normally used for macrophotography.
                          This extension tube can allow stacking of 2 Canon L teleconverters. This makes it possible great magnification but at the cost of multiple f stops (2 to 4 depending on the teleconverters used) and decreases sharpness, but in a pinch, it works.

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                          5.0

                          Just enough to make a difference

                          By ERO

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Expensive

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                            A lot more expensive than the Kenko or Vello equivalents, but the mount is a lot more solid and ultimately, I've more confidence in the Canon product. No optical difference, although the Vello equivalent does give some sag in the mount with a heavier lens. Perhaps if I looked hard enough, I might see some corner fall off with the off-brand products.

                            I'm using this mostly with a TS-E 24 and 100L Macro for product photography (where it excels), and in combination, it also allows the use of a 1.4 converter with most lenses, albeit with only close range focus.

                            This is a useful tool. Canon's 25 mm tube is more extreme - I'd really like to see a 17mm or 18mm tube, and perhaps a minimal 6mm or 7mm. For most people, the 12 mm is the way to go.

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                            2.0

                            It's an extender, that's about it

                            By gth

                            from NC

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Dark Interior
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Quality Contacts

                            Cons

                            • Sloppy Fit

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                            Any ol' extender would probably work, but I bought Canon thinking the quality would be higher. It's well built, looks nice, and the interior is well darkened. If the reader is unsure, this is not a model with glass. It's just a tube with contacts. The rings themselves need to be tighter or machined to a thicker dimension. Anything heavier than a contact lens will cause noticeable play in the body/lens interface. This droop throws off the axis. This non-orthogonality resulting from the play is slightly noticeable in the images and adds to the softening. I have both Canon extenders and two bodies, and all configurations both do the same thing. I'm thinking of unscrewing the ring and shimming the lower part to compensate for the droop. Supporting the lens will help greatly with this. Not that one should freehand with this configuration, but the wobble would drive you nuts.The contacts are well made and I have no trouble using the full features of my lenses. I can piggy-back two extenders with no electrical problems. It's pass-though and doesn't do anything active or fancy to the signal. The camera won't know it's there (for better or worse). AF will work within it's limited range but will be coarse in adjustment. IS will fight the play in the extender with every vibration but will generally work. Make sure your platform is steady.If I had to do it over again, I'd have tried my luck with an el-cheapo extender kit.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent addition to macro photography

                            By Shasta

                            from CA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                              A well made extension tube, Canon quality is exceptional. Comes with the pouch which is nice.

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                              5.0

                              Nicely built, works great!

                              By Moish

                              from Ann Arbor, MI

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Build
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                                I purchased this to use (initially) with the kit 24-105mm Canon lens that came with my Canon 6D camera. It came with end covers and a nice case (typical Canon lens case). I've tested it for a few days now and so far it produces great results. I do plan to purchase a dedicated macro lens. The EF 25 II may have been a bit better with this lens as it would have gotten me a bit closer focus.

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                                5.0

                                portable macro

                                By castro

                                from amherst, ma

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                                  I first heard about the Extension Tube Ef 12 II while watching photographer Joe DiMaggio's workshop for B&H. DiMaggio encouraged photographers to carry this highly portable extension with them at all times. I took seriously his recommendation and I am satisfied with the results. I don't believe, however, that the tube can or will replace a good macro lens. Since I cannot carry a 100mm macro lens with me whenever go, and macro photography is not central to what I mostly capture, I am highly content with the idea of keeping the tube inside my shoulder bag or even inside my pocket. As we all know, the photographic world is full of surprises.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for macro

                                  By JFL Photography

                                  from New York

                                  Comments about Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II:

                                  Works perfect for macro shots espesially on wide angle lenses. Gotta love b&h!

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