Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
Depends on the camera, but perhaps an extension tube might be better?
It doesn't depend on the camera, it depends on the lens.

Several centuries ago Modern Photography magazine ran a series of educational articles on a two year cycle. Every other year "Close up lens or extension tube? Which is better?" turned up.

The answer was always the same. Some lenses for 35 mm SLRs give better results with more extension, others with a diopter in front. The only way to find out which is better for the lens in hand is to try both.

Back then I had a 50/1.4 Nikkor, didn't know much, had little money. So I bought a couple of Nikon's single-element diopters and tried 'em. The results were so terrible that I accumulated my small monetary units until I had enough to buy a 55/3.5 MicroNikkor and got one. Within a year I'd stopped using the 50/1.4.

Several posts here have recommended getting a macro lens. That's the right answer, especially at today's prices for used macro lenses.