these are my abandoned macros. I started macro photography with a set of macro extension tubes, a kit lens and a 35mm manual lens.

I got really good results, given a bright natural light and a relatively calm and cooperative subject. As soon as the light got weaker or the subject moved without telling me upfront, I had to raise the ISO level resulting in either blurry or grainy images.

So, if you want to start with macro photography without knowing for sure, that you’ll stick with it, this is probably the simpliest and one of the most cost effective solutions.

BTW.: The extension tubes help me achieve a 2x magnification even with the new macro lens from olympus. So there was no money lost at all.