Cteniopus sulphureus on Dasiphora
Size: 7 mm
My favorite Tenebrionid and it's very common in (southern) Sweden.
This, and the images below are shot handheld with the Sony NEX-7 and a reversed Apo-Componon HM 60/4 on an Olympus 65-116 mm telescopic extension tube.
This is natural light – bright sun diffused through a white plastic diffuser attached to the end of the lens (see photo of it below).
I found this to be a very compelling combination of gear. In my recent evaluation of the NEX 7 in combination with Canon MP-E 65 I found the camera body a bit too small and light in relation to the weight and size of the lens, to be comfortable to use handheld. However, with smaller/lighter optics like I used here, handheld shooting was great fun! I'm particularly pleased with how easy focusing through manual stop-down style lenses is. Even with the lens stopped down to a small aperture the view through the EVF is easy to work with. Finding the subject and framing the shot is quicker and more straight forward than with a regular OVF/auto-stop down solution and the display resolution and signal processing is sufficient to make focusing simple.