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Jul 4, 2020 07:58:44   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
Very nicely done.

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Jul 4, 2020 09:26:30   #
sscnxy
 
I'm intrigued by the great detail in your 6X mag photo. How do you accomplish the magnification? I'm just starting to learn macro and I'm beginning to shoot with a 100mm F2.8. That gives only 1:1 shots, so obviously I would never be able to get the type of detail you show. Your advice and tips would be much appreciated.
Thanks.

NY

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Jul 4, 2020 10:15:18   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
sscnxy wrote:
I'm intrigued by the great detail in your 6X mag photo. How do you accomplish the magnification? I'm just starting to learn macro and I'm beginning to shoot with a 100mm F2.8. That gives only 1:1 shots, so obviously I would never be able to get the type of detail you show. Your advice and tips would be much appreciated.
Thanks.

NY


I use a variety of techniques depending on the size of the specimen and the portion of the specimen that I want to showcase. Attached is a picture of the setup that I used for this session.

1. The camera is a small Fujifilm X-T20 24mp APS-C sensor however any changeable lens camera will do.
2. I use mostly Nikon and M42 thread gear so I use an adapter to go from the Fujifilm to Nikon mount.
3. Magnification is achieved by a variety of means that I use. In this case I used a bellows and at others I use extension tubes or a helicoid extension tube.
4. Here I used a Raynox DCR-150 magnifying lens that is reverse mounted. I use this for the much smaller specimens only.
5. Attached to the magnifying lens is a reverse mounted old film photography enlarger lens. In this case it is a 28mm f/4. I have others that I use for different size specimens.
6. This combination produces a 'Flat Depth of Field' where just the smallest part of the specimen is in sharp focus. On much smaller subjects it may only be a tip of a hair.
7. The camera rig is mounted on a digital motorized focus rail which is used to advance the camera and take a shot at each point. Most of my sessions now average 300 to 400 images, again depending on the size of the subject and the magnification I want to achieve.

Now...for the simple way that I achieve 1X to 5X magnification and a means to take 'single shot' macro or multiple shot focus stacking and that is with the Mitakon Creator 85mm f/2.8 1X to 5X Super Macro lens that sells for $550 that comes in numerous camera mounts. I use it for many of my sessions and compared to the Canon MP-E60 that sells for well over $1,000 it is a true bargain.
https://zyoptics.net/product/mitakon-creator-25-85mm-f-2-8-1-5x-super-macro/


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