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A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

This is a Brocade Toadflax Moth caterpillar through a Nikon Printing-Nikkor 150mm at f11, with double or triple flash, on my EM-1.

The magnification was 1:1 at the sensor, 2:1 with m4/3 crop.

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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Very nicely executed!
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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Nice shot thanks for showing.
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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Great shot, very sharp and plenty of detail.

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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Two corkers. Thanks 4 sharing.
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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Fantastic shots.
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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

excellent macro work with good colour and detail
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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Thanks, everyone.

This one is as good at f11 as at wider apertures, and over a range of magnifications, whereas the 105mm version, which I also have is better at wider apertures than at f11 and is best kept to around 1:1.

It looks like a no-brainer to use the 150 rather than the 105 but the 150 weighs over 1kg vs under 380g. The 150 barrel, with a small modification to the rings, takes two Canon 65mm lens tripod adapter rings, to each of which I attach a flash gun, something I can't do with the 105 or my Kiron 105.

The weight on the necessary extension (large format lens) has been unlocking my extension rings and some application of epoxy resin has been required.

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I have a chest pod to take most of the weight but have yet to use it.
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A master at work! Would love to see a photo of the setup.
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A master at work! Would love to see a photo of the setup.
There isn't one yet. I must get that done and post it.

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There isn't one yet. I must get that done and post it.

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Here is the current setup for my Printing Nikkor 105mm (at 1:1). It currently connects to m4/3 tubes, then to M42, with an M42 helicoid. The magnification can be lower or higher, using an additional helicoid or tubes.
Two flash guns (FL-300R) are mounted on ball-joint shoes, which are each attached to a slightly modified canon 65mm lens tripod adapter ring.
Additional light is from a powerful flash (FL-50R) on the L-bracket.
All flash are controlled (RC) by the unit (FL-LM2) on the hot shoe.
The present extension rings are not entirely up to handling over 1kg of lens, plus the flash guns. It will be replaced by film OM tubes and telescopic tubes.
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Looks like quite a beast! Thanks for posting.
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Looks like quite a beast! Thanks for posting.
The last time I used it was in moderately warm sun. I was at the top of a step ladder and sweat was blurring my vision.

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Re: A Rare Caterpillar Through A Very Rare Lens

Blimey - that's a setup and a half. I imagine there's an easier way, but I also bet it isn't half as much fun! And the end result is fabulous.
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