Ant Macro


Standard Member
It seems the good weather has brought out all the bugs! This is my first go at macro. It's no where near as good as some of the others on the forum, but I thought I'd share anyway. I know everyone only posts their best amongst the many that don't come out right, but at this level of magnification the amount of OOF one vs in focus I was getting was huge. Finding a good (enough) one to show was tricky. Probably doesn't help that I don't have a proper macro lens. Hats off to all macro photog's!


I don't have a proper macro lens so this photo is with a 50mm Pentax SMC-M reversed on a 135mm SMC-M prime. Taken with a Samsung GX-10 at 1/60. Not sure of the magnification but I think it's around 4:1? (135/50)*1.5[crop factor]?

Cheers for looking.


Prominent Member
Nice early effort!
It's a good technique to try to have the focal plane parallel with the ant's body - like you've done here.
That way you get as much of the subject in focus.
You haven't quite nailed it in this shot - but soooo close - keep shooting and you'll get there. I know it's not easy to even get a shot this good so well done!
Good to see the old fashioned reversed-lens techniques being used too! :thumbsup:

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