Once I got hooked up on macro photography and bought a 105mm 1:1 macro lens. I really like the lens and it also gives me a decent working distance. However, I started being obsessed with getting closer and closer so I bought extension tubes. They did the job of getting closer but also extended the length of my setup a lot. One day, I learned about reversed lenses mounted on a macro lens and decided to try it out. I mounted my 50mm reversed and it got really close but almost entirely killed the working distance. In order to get a sharp image I need to get so close that it is very difficult to lit the subject properly.
My question is:
What is the best focal length of the reversed lens that will keep a decent working distance?
I already did some experiments and noticed that if I mount 50mm lens on a 105mm macro lens the working distance is very short. However, if I mount a 35mm on the 105mm the distance is longer. Does shorter focal length of the reversed lens mean longer working distance? Finally, all the lenses are mounted on a DX body.