Extreme macro: Housefly

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.

Leica Focotar-2 50mm lens meets housefly
Leica Focotar-2 50mm lens meets housefly
Housefly on a needle
Housefly on a needle

Below are the extreme macro shots.

Housefly face extreme macro
Housefly face extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop
Housefly face extreme macro
Housefly face extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop
Housefly wings and body extreme macro
Housefly wings and body extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop

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.

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