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Gerardine Vargas, Contributor
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Gerardine Vargas
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vail, arizona

Macro equipment:
- Nikon D200
- Nikon 60mm Micro Nikkor
- Nikon extension tubes
- Nikon SB800 Speedlite
- DIY softbox for SB800
- Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AF-D
- Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D
- Nikon reversing ring

For greater than lifesize magnification, I use the reverse lens technique. The 28mm reverse mounted roughly gives 2:1. The 20mm reverse mounted roughly gives 4:1. Extension tubes significantly increase magnification factors. I can get almost 8:1 when I extend a reverse mounted 20mm lens by 77mm.