Spider On A Door – Laowa 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro + JML Optics 20X

Spider On A Door - Laowa 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro + JML Optics 20X

This is the same 10mm little spider in the image below. Keep in mind this is the first time I’ve tried to do this and with a new camera system, new lens and newly composed rig, it was never going to be the easiest. On various forums I’d been told that using a microscope lens outdoors was going to only end in disaster and to a great extent I believed them. I do love to be told something is impossible, though, so with that in mind I screwed the JML Optics 20X microscope lens to the front of the Laowa, said a prayer and then went back to my little spider who was still relaxing in the sun. This was seriously painful as I needed the lens to be about 7mm from the spider and he wasn’t terribly happy about having a lens shoved up his left nostril. Focusing was a nightmare, of course.. stop down to f/2.8, take the X-T1 to 2 seconds on the dial, focus carefully through the viewfinder, stand up, return the lens to f/16, return the camera to 125 sec, pick up the cable release, pray again and then shoot.. I plagued the poor spider for about 10 minutes and 7 shots. Shot number 4 was the money shot and I thanked the spider for his great patience and went back indoors, doing triumphant back-flips all the way. Obviously, with stacking this could have been something else but I personally love the image and am really encouraged. To shoot a single frame, 20x microscope lens in front of a 2:1 macro lens, manual everything, door moving, wind blowing, makes you want to have at least one octopus in your family tree! To make things worse, my wife rang me on the mobile in my pocket just as I’d focused on the little blighter! Sods law, I guess! Either way, this image has me stoked and ready to go again!

How Close Is Up Close?

And here’s a crop. That face is about 1.5mm x 1.5mm..