What I really like about macro photography is that it can be really affordable. Great images can be made with rather low budget gear.
Most of the time I use a cheap 90mm macro lens for my images but I came to enjoy the Nikon 20mm F/1.8G lens for close up shots as well (kind of non low budget lens). Mostly for small mushrooms and other small details in the field. It can certainly give a very nice perspective. However it is not always easy to get close to things with a large front diameter lens since the focal length requires me to get VERY close to my subject.
Of course I already stumbled over the insanely expensive Laowa 24mm pinprobe lens and I was wondering if this lens is the first lens that can yield this kind of bug perspective photography. I know that some folks are adapting microscope lenses to their camera which are also very small in diameter and I would certainly not hesitate to build my own adapter but the results mostly look like images taken with a higher focal length. Is there anything else that could be used to get the wide angle look from close up?
Let me show you an example where I could make use of such a setup:
I only took this image of some trompet lichen with my phone as an example. I would like to shoot these lichen from very close up with my 20mm lens to get an wide angle shot but from underneath the lichen so that they look like tall trees rising into the sky. I certainly can get close enough (Im also using extension tubes) but I cant manage to get low enough for my desired perspective since the 20mm lens is to big.
I also made a quick 3D sketch to visualize the perspective I would like to achieve (please dont judge my 3D modeling skills):