My mums partner is a bit of a macro junky so has stepped up his game by investing in some fairly serious kit.
As you can see below his camera is mounted to a WeMacro rail - basically a computer controlled focusing rail with a motor that can move the platform forwards or backwards at anything down to 7um (microns) with absolute precision. The controller also plugs into the camera and triggers it after each move so you set a start point, set the depth, the software works out the umber of slices needed and away it goes. It was fairly expensive but far from the most expensive options available, however the quality seems excellent and the software very well written.
The rest of his purchases consist of three Godox TT350F flashguns plus the TTL trigger to go with them - and - a rather expensive APO Microscope lens that sits on the end of a 200mm infinity tube....or a 200mm lens set to infinity. With a focusing stage that gives x/y/z adjustments and a few other bits and bobs e has this sort of set-up
Well I had a few hours free this morning so I popped over for a play.
Firstly we tried a super close-up of a wasps face. Now this sin't brilliant as he (we) are still fine tuning the rail and working out the right moron steps etc. The results though are still pretty impressive given this final image is made up of 86 slices that because of rail movements and flash recharge times took a little over 10 minutes to capture.
Once we had this we swapped out the microscope lens for a more conventional Vivitar 90mm f2.8 Macro lens and set about getting the entire wasp. We guessed the depth of the wasp at 12mm then set the rail going with larger steps this time due to the increased DoF from this lens. The software still wanted over sixty frames to produce a bandless stack so another cup of coffee was brewed and away it went shooting, flashing and stepping away to its hearts content.
As it happened we guessed the overall depth wrong so the very back of the wasp is out of focus - however - I rather like the end result. I would have preferred the wins sharp but time ran out and anyhoo I can go back for another go when I find an interesting enough subject.