My current setup for macro shots is a 85mm prime on a fullframe body with 3 extension tubes (about 70mm in total). I do get pretty close but I saw some images of insects that have an EXTREME magnification. Something like this:
[taken from this site]
I tried to get something like this without any chance of success. I tried to mount my 85mm with all 3 extension tubes on my MFT camera which allowed my to get an even higher magnification. I switched to a 200mm lens with 3 tubes on MFT. I do get close - but not THAT close. This is how close I got with that setup:
Since the front element of my lens was about 6-8 inches away from this ladybug I dont know if getting closer than this is the key. I might end up blocking the light with my lens if I would use additional extension tubes. Also the ladybug could fly away if I come to close. The first picture has also a much smoother lighting and a good amount of DOF. Im 100% sure that this has to be a studio made image with artifical lighting and focus stacking. My questions are:
- How to get a magnification like this? What lenses/adapters are involved?
- Dont you end up blocking the light when getting too close?
- Is this even possible to be taken out in the fields and how? Or do you get these images only in the studio?
- Wont the insect move away before you could even try to take multiple images for stacking? Especially when getting this close to it. Or does this involve dead insects?