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Carabid - Anisodactylus sanctaecrucis

Carabid - Anisodactylus sanctaecrucis
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
April 6, 2006
Size: 12mm

Great shot!
Great shot, Tom. I can't believe the detail that's visible here. It's like looking through a steroscope! From your BugGuide homepage I see you use a Canon 20D and 100mm macro, but would you mind sharing a bit about the rest of your setup for these type of shots? Lighting? Extension tubes / teleconverts? I'm trying to figure out what hardware to purchase (and if I can afford it!)


Thanks Tim
The flash I'm using is the Canon MT-24EX dual head ring flash, with home made diffusers made from a plastic milk jug. No extension tubes or teleconverters. For the really small insects, the Canon 65mm lens would work better, but that's in next year's budget.
The shots with the plain white background are chilled and posed on a paper plate.

Got Milk?
Thanks for the info Tom! I checked out Canon's web sight and a few prices on Yahoo. That flash setup (with the SLR and macro) looks ideal, but I'm afraid I might have to try to get by with a mid-range point&shoot for a while. Hope to have some shots worthy of the Guide ready shortly.

Thanks again,

Anisodactylus sanctacruciae
Fairly common here.

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