What macro setup is better for insects?

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Mech314 Junior Member • Posts: 37
What macro setup is better for insects?

Hi guys!

I have a question about macro setup that I cannot answer myself and need help of experienced people. I just started doing macro photography, I like it a lot. I mainly want to focus on insects and not flowers.

I have Nikon Z6 and Sigma 105mm DG OS 2.8, it is woking great, autofocus is perfect. But it is heavy and I would like to have more magnification.

So I see three possible options for myself.

1) Keep 105mm (heavy and not enough magnification but autofocus)

2) Add an extension tube to 105mm (Heavy, loosing autofocus but good magnification)

3) Get some manual 28mm lens + reverse ring + extension tube (full manual, short focusing distance but great amplification) and also I will save $400.

I'm going to get a flash light anyway for either of these three.

I watched a ton of videos, read a lot of stuff and I do not see any significant disadvantages of reverse ring setup if I will use the flashlight.

What am I missing here? What could be significant downsides of reverse ring setup?

I will appreciate any ideas or\and critique of my options!

Here is a picture that I've made yesterday.

 Mech314's gear list:Mech314's gear list
Nikon Z6 Venus Laowa 60mm F2.8 Macro Nikon Z 24-70mm F4
Nikon Z6
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