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Cool! Well if you manage to get access to them I recommend you try out Zerene Stacker. The 30 day trial gives you full functionality and it's really fun to use: http://zerenesystems.com/stacker/

You may need to figure out a way of moving your camera in small increments or you'll find trying to get stacked shots, or even finding focus at all quite hard work. Rails like this will do the job just fine at fairly low magnifications (up to about 3x life size on the sensor): http://cgi.ebay.co.u...c#ht_1633wt_905
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Thanks! i'll certainly take a little look at these before deciding :)

I'm just going to use my make shift studio set to light it. (two security lights on stand's, They work!)

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Yeah they should work fine - obviously you'll need some diffusion, a paper cone on the end of the lens which surrounds the subject should do it :)

I've painted up my subject mover now

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Compound table should arrive tomorrow but still waiting on my piece of metal for the lighting base...
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And the table is in

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Not far off actually taking some photos now...which might be nice!
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Yeah! the waiting will finally pay off :)

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Lighting stage done - can easily add a second flash the same way later - which is the plan

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Looking good man! I got my Flash last friday,just ordered a set of wireless triggers off Ebay and ive built a softbox! cant wait to do a location shoot! :)

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Nice! I'm looking for a second flash like the one above - think I'm going to use triggers too so I can unhook them and use for other sorts of shoot when I want to. I also picked up some old bellows on ebay which I'm going to mill the bottom off and attach to that arca swiss plate you can see. Some concerns were raised about possible vibration using such a long amount of extension tubing so I think I'll save those for field work in shorter combinations.
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I started a thing on tumblr, not sure how long I'll bother with it but I've just put an update on this project up there: http://reallysmall.tumblr.com/
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Update on blog, some pictures from it below...nearly there!

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Next phase...

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Motor mounting bracket:

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Installed:

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Testing basic stepper and camera code: http://reallysmall.t...couple-of-steps
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What's the purpose of the "ribbed" piece between the camera body and the clear diffuser?

Full on mad scientist stuff this, ha! :D

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Bellows! - they're a way of adjusting the distance between the lens and the sensor so the magnification can be adjusted :)
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Finished! (maybe)

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1. M42 bellows modified for arca swiss rail
2. Aluminium adaptor
3. Stepper motor, 200 steps/ revolution
4. Timing gears and belt, 1:2
5. Nikon focus block
6. Stacking controller junction box
7. Pentax AF200T manual flash x 2
8. Zeiss focus block subject stage, magnetic base
9. Magnetic dial test holder
10. Mild steel sheet
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Reminds me of this:

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