My wife got her Maui Master Gardener certification recently, which resulted in a sudden interest in very, very tiny insect species. One day, she brought in a leaf from the garden and asked me to photograph the bug that was on it, to which I replied, “What bug?” I couldn’t even see it with my glasses on.
When she took out the magnifying glass and showed it to me, I knew right away that my trusty Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 wasn’t going to cut it. I set it up on a tripod and gave it the old college try, but we still had to crop it heavily to get anything, and the result was really blurry. I’d never had to shoot anything that small before, so this was a new challenge for me. Time to get extension tubes.