Happy New Year to everyone and i hope you all had a wonderful christmas. Been extrempley busy over christmas with family and the like but still managed to get out and take some pictures. Here are a few of them.
I use canons MP-E 65mm 1x to 5x life size macro lens for all of these shots. Most of these shots (apart from the first and woodlouse shots) were taken at magnifications higher than x4 life size.
The Sigma is an awesome lens however it only goes to 1:1 and with a full set of extension tubes x2 magnification you would then need to reverse another lens onto the front of the sigma to get magnifications nearer x5 life size.
Canon are the only people that make a lens that goes from x1 to x5 life size without the need for extension tubes or reversed lenses.
I only really use the MP-E 65 for photographing these very small insects and extreme closeups of the larger bugs. I use a Tamron 90mm for al my other macro work.
Hope this helps.
Also all of the images have been focus stacked from a number of images to achieve a good depth of field and detail.