As mentioned before, there are many subject matter I have made it my goal to photograph this year. One of them is the extreme macro of insects. The subject of my first attempt at extreme macro photography of insects is the housefly. I have managed to get a few dead specimens to be the model for this photo shoot.
I used my Sony A6000 with the Leica Focotar-2 50mm F4.5 lens mounted on my macro bellows. This setup results in very sharp images with no vignetting. The lens was about 240-260mm away from the camera body, which means the magnification of the subject was between 4.5 to 5.5 times (Amendment 16/3/15: I did not factor in the 1.5x crop factor of the Sony A6000, so it should really be 6.75 to 8.25x). At such magnifications, the depth of field is extremely thin. Hence I had to take many images in order to have enough depth of field to stack in Helicon Focus.
Below are the extreme macro shots.
As you can see, I’ve managed to capture plenty of detail with the Sony A6000 and the Leica Focotar-2 50mm F4.5 lens.