Adult Male Hentzia palmarum Jumping Spider

Not a great photo, and only one eye is in focus, but taking anything at 10:1 magnification and f/5.6 with a bellows is a small feat in itself (especially difficult if it is a jumping spider, but this guy spent some time cleaning his fangs with his palps, giving me a chance to try a high magnification shot). I used the 28mm reversed on extension tubes mounted to the bellows at full extension. The field of view as shown above is likely ~1.5mm give or take a bit, I'm guessing pretty roughly.


I photographed a ruler using the above setup, and I could just barely fit 2mm in the field of view.

  • Chrissie Jamieson 4y


    Congratulations !
  • dubonnet 4y

    amazing photography!!!
  • picturesofthingsilike 4y

    Definitely one of the best macro shots I've seen!
  • salama alqubaisi 4y

    WoOoW It's at the top of Beauty Shot ^_^
  • Leanne Beetham BSc Hons 4y

    Wow... that's all that describes this, just - WOW! I would love to capture images things like this one day =)
  • alyshathompson 4y

    Absolutely incredible, wonderful shot!
  • SJH Foto 4y

    Now that is amazing! Great shot of God's tiny creations!
  • calebcarson 4y

    You photographed that thing while it was ALIVE and say that is not a GREAT photo? I wish I had your skill, and you lack of arachnophobia.
  • adriana p. 蠍/44Livorno 4y

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  • zenman3 4y

    If only my best shots were anywhere near as good as this awesome macro. This is years ahead of my experience. I just purchased a Cnon 100mm F2.8 and took my first spider image. I can only imagine how difficult it was to get this shot.
    I saw your image on one of my contacts favourite list.
    I am looking forward to getting into macro more seriously now that I am retired and have a decent lens.
  • Michael 4y

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  • Nina Matthews Photography 3y

    OMG that has to be the tiniest spider in the world , great shot
    I found this on the flickr blog very coool shot
    I like it such detail !!
  • Далеко 3y

    Man, this is so crazy!!
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  • Doug Springer 3y

    Fantastic. Saw this on Wired and had to check it out.
  • ACREMAR 3y

    Superb detail :)
  • Mario Cehulic 3y

    amazing image, but what is a working distance from your subject with this setup?
  • Ludovic Tristan 2y

    damned !
  • transient images 4mo

    The info says no flash used? Is this correct?
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