Advertisement Following my photographs of the larch ladybird - taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80K and it's Vario 12-32mm kit lens - I figured I needed something extra for close up shots of inverts and such. A quick look at macro lenses confirmed they were outside my budget for now, so I looked at extension tubes in the meantime. I settled on Yasuhara's Nanoha micro 4/3 set of 10mm and 16mm tubes (they had a good discount on Amazon.co.uk) and when they arrived, I whacked on the 10mm tube and had myself a garden safari. No tripod or extra lighting. A little help from GIMP for these examples... ... Mm. Yeah. The tubes might do okay. One thing that surprised me was the fairly narrow depth of field, that different aperture widths didn't seem to affect much - although it was early evening and narrower apertures were getting dim anyway. Noticeable in the second snail pic (focus on the body, shell goes blurry, and vice versa) though I think I could get away with the standard lens for larger subjects like that. The same effect threw me in at the deep end with manual focus, even with autofocus on. Some of the better results were with focus settings switched to manual, which is a reversal of the situation my competency usually allows. Any pointers or wishlist suggestions? I've got a couple of tripods already. I'm thinking some wee LED lamp for macro subjects, to give outdoor light a boost; and macro rails look more interesting after manual focus became more important, though the kit zoom lens helps there. Further down the line I'm thinking of telephoto lenses before macro lenses, for much larger wildlife. I understand telephoto lenses can be used with extension tubes to good effect too. Has anyone experience of that?