Quote Originally Posted by Bandicoot View Post
4x5 is nice for macro, but the tiny DoF, the cost of film, and the bulk of the gear all mean it may not be the best place to start on a quest to make better macros than one's spouse...
Yeah, but it might be an area I could expand into myself. And maybe it's something my dad wouldn't want to, well, borrow. But on the other hand, I'm quite happy with the Hasselblad and tubes at the moment.

I really like using 6x9 monorails for macro. This is taking a similar approach to working with the larger format, but with a bit more DoF, much lower film costs, and rather more portability. You still have the benefit of a huge choice of lenses, movements, etc.
Monorails - I think I might have an idea what that is in German, but I'm not quite sure. Do you happen to have a picture? Sorry for my total ignorance.