Helicon FB Tube

Product code: UM1068C-CanonIR
Helicon FB Tube
£277.23
£332.68 (inc. VAT)

Product information

Helicon FB Tube is an extension tube an integrated electronic microcontroller designed to enable automated focus bracketing in single or continuous shooting modes.

CANON VERSION NOW AVAILABLE for immediate delivery.  Limited stocks available
NIKON VERSION NOW AVAILABLE for immediate delivery.  Limited stocks available

Helicon FB Tube is compatible with most of modern Canon and Nikon camera models and AF lenses with built-in motor.  Mounted on the camera in the same way as a usual macro extension tube, Helicon FB Tube automatically shifts the focus by one step with each shot thus producing a stack of images of unlimited length that can be rendered into a fully-focused image.

Helicon FB Tube is hardware which allows the controlled data exchange between your camera and tyour lens. So Helicon FB Tube is being mounted between the camera and the lens. Just as the lens, the tube has contacts serving for the camera to pass through the commands and to receive data.

Different control software (firmware) can be installed into Helicon FB Tube depending on the intended application.

No additional software has to be purchased for operation of the tube. The only application you will need for configuration of the tube can be downloaded for free from Helicon.

Helicon FB Tube imposes no limitations on usage of post-processing and image editing software. 

Package price includes:

  • MacroBurst control software (firmware)
  • Helicon FB Tube hardware for Canon/Nikon
  • Configuration software for Android/iOS/Windows/Mac OSX
  • Designed for macro photographers for use in the field, handheld or with tripod. Focus is changed by a configurable value after each shot. Single shot and Burst/Continuous drive modes supported.
Now the new improved version of the tube is available for purchase. We modified the connection and data transmission principle – IR transmission has been replaced by cable connection. Magnetic cable provides more stable connection that is less dependent on the signal strength of the device. Magnetic cable connects the tube with the 3.5 mm headphone jack of your device. It is easy to use and may come in especially handy for tethered and studio shooting keeping the cable always in the right position.

The version of the tube with IR transmitter is also available upon request.

Correct as of 4th Feb 2019:

Please find below list of lenses which were tested for compatibility:

Camera type Lens Step at f8 Supported configurations: Tested by
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2,8-4E Aubrey S.
Nikon Nikkor 18–35mm f/3.5–4.5G ED Michael P.
Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G Casper V.
Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED 57 Helicon Soft
Nikon Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED 2 users 
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 Macro 45 J. Engl
Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G Casper V.
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED Andrew P.
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 (@200mm) f/2.8G 20 2 users 
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 (@70mm) f/2.8G 30 2 users 
Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G Macro 80 11 users 
Nikon Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS Marko B.
Nikon Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Marko B.
Nikon Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG Peter L.
Nikon Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Anne S.
Nikon Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro 36 2 users 
Nikon Tamron 10-24 F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC Marko B.
Nikon Tamron 100-400 f/4.5-6.3 Di VC Marko B.
Canon Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM Patrick Z.
Canon Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM 2 users 
Canon Canon EF 17-40mm (@40mm) f/4L 40 all 2 users 
Canon Canon EF 17-40mm (@28mm) f/4L 80 all 2 users 
Canon Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Jean Pierre K.
Canon Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L 15 all 2 users 
Canon Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Roger W.
Canon Canon EF 24-105 (@105mm) f/4L 40 all 4 users 
Canon Canon EF 24-105 (@50mm) f/4L 80 all 4 users 
Canon Canon EF 28-135mm f 3.5-5.6 USM IS Jaroslav T.
Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Anthony L.
Canon Canon EF 50mm f/2.5L Macro 60 all 3 users 
Canon Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro Dimitri G.
Canon Canon EF 70-200 (@200mm) f/2.8L 57 all 2 users 
Canon Canon EF 70-200 (@70) f/2.8L 286 all 2 users 
Canon Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Roger W.
Canon Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Roger W.
Canon Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM 21 all 18 users 
Canon Canon EF 100-400 mm (@400mm) f/4.5-5.6 7 all 6 users 
Canon Canon EF 100-400 mm (@100mm) f/4.5-5.6 36 all 6 users 
Canon Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro 24 3 users 
Canon Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Patrick H.
Canon Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Andrew S.
Canon Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG Anthony L.
Canon Sigma 105mm f/2.8 30(f5.6) Stephen D.
Canon Sigma 150mm f/2.8 2 users 
Canon Sigma 180mm f/2.8 5 1,3 3 users 
Canon Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di macro 1:1 5 users 
Canon Tamron AF 180/3.5 SP Di LD Juhani P.
Canon Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D AF 100mm f/2.8 2 users 

Please note that Helicon FB Tube is only compatible with lenses with built-in motor. Lenses without built-in motor, including Nikon old AF lenses and D series lenses, are not supported.

Camera Comments Tested by
Nikon D3300 Casper V.
Nikon D40x Casper V.
Nikon D500 2 users 
Nikon D5100 Giorgio P.
Nikon D5500 Helicon Soft
Nikon D610 2 users 
Nikon D700 Incompatible Michel D.
Nikon D7100 J. Engl
Nikon D7200 2 users 
Nikon D750 3 users 
Nikon D7500 Marko B.
Nikon D800 4 users 
Nikon D800E 2 users 
Nikon D810 6 users 
Nikon D850 Victor B.
Canon 1D X mark II 7fps only Mark T.
Canon 1D Mark IV William B.
Canon 100D Dimitri G.
Canon 5D Mark II 5 users 
Canon 5D Mark III 4 users 
Canon 5D Mark IV 8 users 
Canon 5DS R 5 users 
Canon 50D 2 users 
Canon 550D 2 users 
Canon 6D 4 users 
Canon 7D 2 users 
Canon 7D MarkII 5 users 
Canon 70D John P.
Canon 760D Dimitri G.
Canon 80D 3 users 
Canon EOS M with the Canon EF-M mount adapter William B.
Canon EOS M3 with the Canon EF-M mount adapter William B.

This is a non-exhaustive list of supported lenses and cameras. The list above includes those that have been tested and is updated once we receive compatibility confirmation. However, we do not anticipate any issues with most of other modern Canon and Nikon camera models and AF lenses with built-in motor.

Technical specifications

Brand Helicon
Condition New
Product Code UM1068C-CanonIR
Weight 0.5kg

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