Another try out with the Canon MPE-65mm and ambient ( natural light ) only at the weekend.
This time I used ISO 800 on a Green Plant Bug that was posed fairly motionless on a plant. There was a little breeze and I was handholding – so this ISO and F8 – gave a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second on the 760D. It’s good enough – but does lack a bit of sharpness.
Next I bumped the ISO to 1600 and the F stop to 9. The shutter speed now at 1/320th second. You can see this has made a big difference to image quality. The soldier beetle being particuarly pleasing. All the images were only taken at 1:1 and the insects fairly static, and I doubt handholding in ambient light will be practical above 2:1. However the ISO performance of the 760D is certainly a big boost from my older 650D and does now bring in natural light into play with the MPE-65mm in certain conditions.