Found a use for my Nikon 20mm f/2.8, reversed, which achieves 3.4x lifesize magnification, when reversed. It also needs an extra BR-5 adapter ring to be able to be reversed on a typical 52mm mount.
The following images were taken using a tripod, macro rail, and remote switch (at f/11 and about a 1.5-second shutter). As many of you know, it is difficult to get jumpers to hold still ... so I got a lot of blurry photos trying to use a slow shutter, to keep the light natural, lol, but these 4 came out okay. They are single, non-stacked images.
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This is a baby Phidippus sp. It is so tiny it could run laps around an adult Phidippus' carapace
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This is full-grown, male Sassacus papenhoei. It is about 25% the size of an adult Phidippus. The last image is cropped a little bit.
I am liking the color and quality of the photos from a single image, but am wanting more depth-of-field. I also wish I could have bracketed to expose a little better in the Sassicus sp. (which was a *deep* black!) I am hesitant to go beyond f/11 @ 3.4x magnification, because of diffraction, and yet there is no way I can 'stack' tiny jumpers when my shutter time is 1.5 to 3 seconds as it is.
I am going to play with shooting as high as f/22 in a single image to see how much DOF I can get without trashing the image to diffraction.
The idea of a minor, very low use of diffused flash will be experimented with, to bring my shutter-speed up a bit, and if I can do so without getting "that flash look," I will post the results.