.. so it pays to have the appropriate equipment for the job at hand. I have the pleasure of owning 2 (two) complete Nikon Multiphot photomacrographic cameras, including the entire set of specialised Macro-Nikkor lenses made for it. Hardly an equipment suited for field work, as each unit weighs more than 30 kg. :Exclamati Here is one of them in my lab, Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) These days I mainly use a DSLR to capture macro images, with the camera tethered to a laptop for remote control and direct downloading of the image files onto my network. I can even remotely control the laptop which is remotely controlling the camera, allowing me to sit in front of my main computer to sip coffee, run accounting and other mundane office chores, process images in Photoshop, browse the internet, and look at the images as they are downloaded to my file server. However I cannot crank up the stereo to have music while I work, because even the sophisticated double damping of the Multiphot cannot cancel out vibrations from loud rock music Why the Nikon F2 with its 6x magnifying finder? Good as they might be for other purposes, today's cameras have lousy viewfinders for real macro work. So I employ the F2 with its 6X finder and a clear-glass screen to get precise focus, then swap it for a DSLR and start shooting. The Multiphot is endowed with a CPU chip so all my DSLRs will do accurate light metering with it. Light sources are halogen light piped in with fibre optics and/or micro flashes with their own fibre optics.