Previously I had photographed the house fly using the Leica Focotar-II 50mm F4.5 lens. But I thought I would try and capture the housefly at even higher magnification. To do this, I enlisted the help of the JML 20x microscope objective and the Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens. I used my Sony A6000, macro bellows and Stackshot to capture the images for stacking in Helicon Focus.
Aico 35mm F3.5 Enlarging lens:
I do like the 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens as it is very compact, sharp, have very good UV-transmission capabilities (which I have posted on my website here) and is a very good macro lens. The shorter focal length means that I can image at even higher magnification than I could with the Leica Focotar-II. The lens was mounted 29.2cm away from the sensor, which equates to 8x magnification (or 12x if you factor in the 1.5x crop factor of the Sony A6000).
JML 20x Microscope Objective:
Using the JML 20x microscope objective, any slightest vibration is magnified many times. Hence I had to use longer settle times and I also left the room so as not to impart any vibrations accidentally. The depth of field is extremely shallow and hence I had to use 10 micron steps to ensure there is sufficient overlap for stacking.
These two lenses are able to capture subjects at high magnification which other lenses are unable to match. Hence they do have a place amongst my arsenal of lenses. Fortunately I do have quite a collection of the 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens as backup. I do need to look for a JML 20x microscope objective though.