Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

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MPRABHU
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Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

Post by MPRABHU » 21.10.2019 15:17

Hello,

I plan to buy Helicon tube and Canon 180 mm Macro lens ( Manual focus). I just want to make sure if Manual focus lens work with
Helicon tube.

Another question: Does Helicon remote support Manual focus lens ?

Thanks in advance

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Catherine
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Re: Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

Post by Catherine » 25.10.2019 20:07

Helicon FB Tube can only work with lenses with built-in motor, so this lens will not be compatible.
As for Helicon Remote, focus bracketing will not work, but the other functionality should work fine if the camera body is supported.

Pantherman
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Re: Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

Post by Pantherman » 26.11.2019 15:26

The Canon 180mm Macro is an autofocus lens with an internal USM motor. It does have a manual focus over-ride switch, as do all Canon autofocus lenses. I am presuming you are asking about the L series lens, as I don't believe Canon makes the 180mm Macro in anything but the L series. It should work with the FB Tube.

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Catherine
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Re: Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

Post by Catherine » 27.11.2019 23:12

Right, there seems to be no 180 mm Canon lens without a built-in motor, only L USM one. If so, it should work fine. Please double-check the specifications for your lens.

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Re: Helicon tube with Canon 180 mm f/3.5 Macro

Post by Sycorax » 06.07.2020 01:59

I have had no issues with the Helicon Focus Tube and the following configuration with the Canon EF 180mm F3.5L:

Canon (EOS R) -> (Canon EF-RF Adapter) -> (Helicon FB Tube) -> (Canon EF 25mm Tube) -> (Canon Extender EF x1.4 Mk III) - (Canon 180mm F3.5L) lens.

The AF on the 180mm is a bit slow and can hunt (a lens issue - not Helicon FB Tube) so I usually just wind the lens to correct focus by hand and then shoot from there.

I have attached a photo of a paper Wasp taken with this set up, 25 frames stacked in Helicon Soft.

Cheers

Dennis
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