Due to corona lockdown, I'd like to try macro photography. I have two lenses (18–55 and 35 f/1.8) and a Nikon D5300. As I currently do not have the money to buy a real macro lens, I found 3 cheaper ways:
Reverse Ring adapters, extension tubes, and macro filters. I considered building my own extension tube (I found this YouTube tutorial), but the problem is that my lenses don't have manual aperture control. Does that mean that I'm fixed to the smallest aperture? I found some sort of switch on the lens that lets you control the aperture, but it will be hidden inside the extension tube?
Any tips? I couldn't find "real" extension tubes with electric contacts for Nikon, at leat not in my price range. I'm also aware that reverse ring adapters and macro filters exist, but I decided to stick to extension tubes due to the rear element exposed with reversed lens and lower image quality with filters.