I have long been weak for macro photography for some reason. I like to crawl into worlds that are not completely obvious what they represent and above all that not so many people see in everyday life but in everyday things perhaps.
I started like many others by buying a magnifying lens to screw in front of the lens or an intermediate ring to move the near border closer to the camera. Finally I bought a wonderful macro lens from Sigma (Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO EX DG OS MACRO HSM). It then cost SEK 10,000, but is available today for less than half and is still damn good for both macro and portraits.
In any case, like so many macro photographers, I suffered from the same syndrome, constantly wanting to get a little closer. As usual, it is associated with more equipment, more money and even more difficult photo opportunities when the depth of field shrinks with the magnification etc. It's about stacking pictures, which is a cool, but time consuming and patient story. But it's like Uncle Barbro says "There are no shortcuts to the perfect sound".
I got the chance to try out a cool device a few years ago when a friend got a lot of things to be able to photograph with a microscope lens on his camera together with a motorized sled. Really nice I must say (You may have seen my fly head and ant head on the website?). But despite its coolness, it is a bit awkward if you want to be out in nature and have the opportunity to photograph by hand. So after a lot of searching and trying, I have now bought a cheap but good equipment for my Z6.
It's a first one ring from Kiwi that makes the z-mount to m42. Then I have a tube (three-part if you want) that increases the magnification and removes the vignetting from the microscope if it is too close to the image sensor. Last but not least is a microscope from AmScope with a magnification of 4 times (Available in several magnification degrees depending on how close you want to get).
It's definitely not easy I should say and it's enough to take advantage of all the tips available, Take pictures in the morning or evening when it's a little cooler and insects sit and rest, choose a windless day, use continuous shooting and tripods if it works . Bring your biggest package with patience and find a place with animals or plants. Today was my first attempt at a handheld camera. Some pictures are stacked and some are taken directly with a little nice depth of field of a picture.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.