Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Review

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Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Review:

Extension tubes can be great tools for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative when doing close up or macro work.  They are also great for people who just want to experiment with macro photography but are not necessarily ready to invest a lot of money into a macro lens.  While there are some aftermarket extension tubes out there for the X Series system, Fuji themselves have also decided to make their own: the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16.  They’ve been out for a while but I haven’t had the chance to give them a try until now, so here is my short review of them.

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Build Quality:

Overall, these extension tubes are more expensive than third party versions but they are also very well-built.  They are very solid, and all metal.  They definitely do not feel cheap, and they even have a nice heft to them.  The extension tubes also have electronic contacts built into them for the aperture information and autofocus functions.  The MCEX-16 is obviously larger since it is 5mm longer than the MCEX-11 but both in general are compact and won’t take up much space.

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↑ The extension tubes are made out of metal.

Mounting these extension tubes couldn’t be easier.  There’s a red dot on them just like on the lenses, which you use to align with the red dot on the camera body.  You simply mount your chosen lens on the extension tubes in the same way.  Both extension tubes have a nice, tight connection with the body and the lens, which I particularly like.  If you need to remove the lens, you simply press on a small lever near the bottom of the extension tubes, and twist the lens off.

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↑ The MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 have electronic contacts for aperture info and autofocus functions.

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↑ If you need to remove the lens, just press on the small lever.

One thing that I was hoping for were caps for these extension tubes but unfortunately, they did not come with them.  It’s true that there are no lens elements that need protecting but I use my gear a lot, so I get dust and dirt in my bag all the time.  I’d like to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the little crevices of these extension tubes because anything I get into them can, and often times, will fall onto my sensor of my camera.

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Image Quality:

Overall, these extension tubes are very fun to use with the Fuji lenses, and it’s pretty amazing how much detail you can retrieve.  Out of the two extension tubes, the MCEX-16 will allow you to get closer but some may not like it as much since it really limits the maximum distance your lens can focus.  Obviously, none of these extension tubes will allow you to focus to infinity but there is a little more flexibility with the MCEX-11 since it is shorter.  I think it really comes down to personal preference and what you’re photographing.  The images below were taken with the XF 18-55mm.  I took images with a bunch of lenses but I really ended just using my XF 18-55mm mostly.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-11 at f16 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-16 at f16 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-11 at f16 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-16 at f16 55mm.

Overall, if you want to be able to use your existing lenses for close up work, these extension tubes are a great way to do so.  You just have to keep in mind that there are some compromises that you’ll have to make.  For one, you will lose the ability to focus at a distance, which is what I was saying before.  With a lens like the XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens, you have the close up capabilities but you still have the ability to focus at a distance.  In general, the longer the tube, the more limiting the focusing range is, so one should keep that in mind.  Also, the closer you get, the shallower your depth of field is, so you would probably have to stop down a bit.  That’s why a lot of my photos here were stopped down so much.  Lastly, I did notice slight softening in the corners of the images that I took but nothing that would ruin a photo.  Overall, none of what I just mentioned are major compromises, and in no way do they affect the fun one could have with these extension tubes.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-16 at f8 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-11 at f16 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-16 at f7.1 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-11 at f16 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-16 at f7.1 55mm.

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↑ This was taken with the MCEX-11 at f5.6 39mm.

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Pros and Cons:

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Pros:

  • Well-built.
  • Electronic contacts built in for aperture info and autofocus capabilities.
  • Tight fit.
  • A cheaper alternative to get into macro or close up work.

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Cons:

  • No caps.
  • Like all extension tubes, there are compromises when compared to a traditional macro lens.

Fuji MCEX-11 And MCEX-16 Extension Tubes Verdict:

If you’re looking for a way to do some close up or macro photography with the Fuji X Series system, these extension tubes can be a nice alternative to a traditional macro lens.  What I particularly like about them is I don’t have to invest too much money to get into macro work.  This means these extension tubes can also be a great alternative for people who just want to experiment with macro photography in general because they wouldn’t have to purchase a macro lens.  Using these extension tubes is also great for people like me, who don’t do much macro photography but still want the ability to do so when the moment arises.  In general, these are also just great to have in your bag because the MCEX-11, and MCEX 16 are so compact that they don’t take up much space at all.  Overall, if you’re looking for extension tubes, these are highly recommended.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review!  If you’re considering purchasing either extension tube and my review helped you decide, please help support this site by purchasing from the links below or any mentioned in this review.  It will not cost you anything extra.  Thank you for your support!

Fuji MCEX-11 at B&H Photo

Fuji MCEX-16 at B&H Photo

2 comments… add one

  • Elderin

    Nice Review Patrick. Reminds me that i wanted to buy such rings for my camera, too. They are relatively inexpensive and dont take much storage space but can come in handy on location.

    • Patrick

      Thanks, Elderin!

      Yes, I may buy one of them as well. One of my hobbies is growing orchids, so the MCEX-11 might be quite useful for me ;).

      Best regards,

      Patrick

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