Still experimenting with the macro lens and 1.7x teleconverter. I shot a batch at the smallest aperture, but the ISO heads to 6,400 and the image quality gets totally degraded. Then, I returned to f/8, and shot at the faster shutter speed and set the advance mode to CH (continuous high).
The in focus plane is so limited that for a rapidly moving insect, there’s less than a second where the face is in focus.
Nikon D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, ISO 800, 180mm, f/8, 1/2,000s
By the next frame, the bee was already taking off and blurry. That would have been an even cooler shot to get in focus.