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Not least with the help of the answers from pepperberry farm, I rationally analyzed that this lens wouldn't provide much of an advantage to me and studying a lot of examples, concluded that the foreground rendering at 1:1 and the diffraction limit wasn't what I was looking for. Then came an offer for a new, sealed in box lens for a used price, so I couldn't resist and had to try it for myself ...

I must admit that this thread and the many pictures outside the 1:1 macro range contributed to that urge. I'll see how much use I have for a havy-ish 150mm prime. Let's say it will very likely not end up in my hiking kit, and may be challenged by the Laowa 100nm 2:1 macro if/when it becomes available in K mount. First 'real' photo, taken when the sun was out for a glimpse after two days of covered sky. It may have been the nice light, but I do like the detailed but very relaxed rendering.



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Still in blossom, same hawthorn as above, this time using flash. I found f/16 still workable at 1:1 magnification despite details getting a little less contrasty than f/11. Full picture and portrait as 100% crop - sharpened to taste using Rawtherapee's capture sharpening.
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Two ants, chatting

Tried to use Jessop extension tubes, magnification was roughly 1.7x, but aperture didn't close, so this is at f/2.8. Below is a 1800px high crop (K-1), scaled down to 50%. The ants were taking care of "their" aphids (in the background), milking them.
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Aphids, ants and ...

... someone, who the ants are supposed to defend their aphids against - a tiny ichneumon wasp, maybe 2mm long. You may spot her in the middle of the 24mm wide square picture taken at 1:1 or more easily in the crop, shown at 100%.
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Blooms on shrubs are extra late this year!
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