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In a strict sense, the question's off topic for a showcase thread. So I should probably suggest the thread for using the 60 on tubes. It's a common question, coming up in this thread and this one and this one, plus this post and photomacrography.net and... The short answer is it's fine given realistic expectations of how photography works at magnifications above 1x. (Plus @Bashwell39 is using tubes in conjunction with a 1.4x TC; see Salt n' Pepper.)

You can also use any of many calculators (such as the ones here, for example) to predict the changes in magnification, effective apertures, working distance, and depth of field with tubes. I usually suggest working with the underlying equations for thin lens approximations directly in a spreadsheet, however (previous link and numerous other sources like this one), as that facilitates a deeper understanding of what's going on which provides better ability to plan purchases of macro equipment. It's worth minding that the 60 becomes a 47 at 1:1 (f = d / (m + 1/m + 2)) so the effect of extension therefore varies noticeably with focus distance. That's another reason a spreadsheet can be handy.
 
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The good shepherd tends his flock.
Nice image. Does the UK have exceptional ant species with male workers? I know there's been studies going on around male-specialist versus female-specialist ant colonies, cross-species sperm expression by queens, and so on, but all the references I'm seeing still consistently indicate workers as female.
 
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Nice image. Does the UK have exceptional ant species with male workers? I know there's been studies going on around male-specialist versus female-specialist and colonies, cross-species sperm expression by queens, and so on, but all the references I'm seeing still consistently indicate workers as female.
Unfortunately, I know even less about ants than I do about macro photography. If in doubt, if it's not a boat, I refer to it as 'he'. I tend to be right about 50% of the time.

This being the UK though, by Act of Parliament, all species will soon be identifying as non-binary, so 'they' will be the norm.
 
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I am still struggling with this lens a bit, in that I cn't consistently get focus where I want it. The Canon M5 had the ability to use the thumb to move the focus point, which is great for flowers, birds, animals etc. I've been Googling trying to see if there's a similar function on the G9. No luck so fa, but could be reading the advice incorrectly. Anyway, I do get it right sometimes.

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