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Photo set up

Looking for some creativity. I have a good photo set up for those specimens large enough to shoot without stacking or using the 1-5x lens. But, when I'm processing specimens, I have large and small mixed together and sometimes need to take close ups of small parts of a larger specimen.

Does anyone have a good set up that would allow switching from "regular" lens to stacking on the StackShot in a timely manner?

setup on PMG, functional, easy to change lenses (may have to scroll down the page)

high mag stacking
My setup allows for less than 1x to 60x using a Nikon DSLR.
I do not use a StackShot, simply mount the camera on a rail and the specimen on a Focus Block (the type used in microscopes) ; my Nikon block allow for increments of 1 micron.
A reversed regular 28mm lens on bellows, or extension tubes, gives me up to 10x; old enlarger lenses (lots on the market as nobody (?) uses negatives) work well.
Higher magnifications obtained with Nikon CFN objectives; has to be CFN as these are 'corrected' and no need for an eyepiece. Other objectives are 'uncorrected' and do the corrections in their dedicated eyepieces.
Easy to switch lenses on the camera body

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