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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||None|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||E58 Lens cap, Rear Lenscap, Removable tripod|
|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 3.19 x 3.86 inches|
|Item Display Weight||25 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.57 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.24 m|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||65 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||65 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||6|
|Number of Elements||10|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||18.5 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 pounds|
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|Dimensions||3.19 inches x 3.86 inches x 3.19 inches||3.07 inches x 4.84 inches x 3.07 inches||2.87 inches x 2.76 inches x 2.87 inches||3.27 inches x 7.36 inches x 3.27 inches|
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|Max Focal Length||65 mm||100||60 mm||180|
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The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Manual Focus Macro Lens with Tripod Mount Ring is a unique manual-focus lens designed exclusively for macro shooting, between life-size (1x) and 5x life-size at its maximum magnification, you can fill a 35mm frame with a grain of rice.
Compatible with the Macro Ring Lites and new Macro Twin Lite, it eliminates the need for awkward bellows accessories for many macro shooters.
The optical system uses a floating system to preserve optical quality at different focusing distances, and features a UD-glass element.
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Top Customer Reviews
Buy the MR-14EX ring flash with this, as it is impossible to see *anything* in normal daylight conditions at 5x. Its focus lamps frequently help in obtaining sharp pictures, though even they can't provide enough light to help you much when the lens is stopped down. A focus rail is also helpful--I use the Velbon macro slider since it moves in two directions, not just one. Tripod use is essential, as 5x magnification only covers an area about 5mm by 7mm, and a macro rail will greatly aid focusing.
Since first penning this review, I have worked at using this lens with the 2x Canon teleconverter. This combination can be used, but one must be careful to not stop the lens down very far as diffraction effects quickly degrade image quality. Instead, compose the image with the lens wide open, and use adjacent f-stops to add just a touch more depth of field. With this setup, the object being photographed is too close for the Canon ring flash to illuminate, so you'll want a standard flash attached to an accessory cord to provide sufficient lighting. With the zoom racked out to 5x, one can achieve photos less than 2mm wide on an APS-C sensor, or somewhere between 15x and 20x.Read more ›
Great images, but there's a lot of caveats...
First off, this is a manual focus lens in the old-school sense of the word. Meaning there is no focus ring and you adjust the focus by moving the camera or subject backwards or forwards. This wouldn't be that big of a deal except, as noted elsewhere, the focus distance is amazingly short. It's time consuming to manuever everything into place and get focus on the bit your interested in.
Also, you have to really stop down to f16. This produces two problems. 1) you need a lot of light on the subject. I'm using two 1000w strobes in soft boxes, which may be a little overkill, but not by much. 2) dust on your sensor is in razor sharp focus. This is a big problem, so make sure you know how to clean your camera sensor.
Finally, this is not a lens for running around and shooting. You need a tripod and you probably want a remote control, because the process of clicking the button will probably introduce some (if not a lot) blur. It's super sensitive to movement, so if you have the shutter open for any length of time, make sure there's no wind or the table doesn't shake minutely as you walk across the floor.
Bottom line is if you have the time and patience you can tease amazing images out of this lens. You don't need to be a professional, but you do need to understand the difference between professional images and point-and-shoot happy accidents is the time and thought that goes into creating the image. This lens will reward time and thought.
I use a tripod to photograph and either move the subject in focus, or change the magnification from the magnification ring of the lens. I set the aperture to f/16 (smallest aperture for this lens) to make sure I get maximum depth of field and sharpest result.
The magnification mechanism works by increasing the distance between the glass and the film/sensor. So if you move the magnification ring fast enough, you can feel some air flowing, just like the bellows. I used this lens on a Canon EOS 10D and forgot to clean the shutter chamber from dust, the magnification movement from 5:1 to 1:1 pushed some of the dust particles on the sensor, so make sure you clean the chamber.
0) this camera will *not* go into infinity, it is a macro/micro only lens
1) this is a MANUAL FOCUS lens, meaning there is no focus ring but that you need to move the entire camera back and forth to focus, so either you need to have a very steady hand under bright sunlight, or you really should get a camera bracket. I use Manfrotto 454 with a sturdy tripod. If you're one of those young guys not used to the wonderful world of manual focusing and knowledge on uncertainty management, this lens will take some time to master.
2) as with all macros, you really should get a macro dedicated flash to get the best quality to minimize shaking, and to maximize light. Forget about e-TTL2!!! Your results will be very inconsistent. Set it to manual power, and learn the power settings. You'll learn something about exposure, and save time in the long run.
3) to minimize vibration, a remote is necessary
4) the sweet spot is around f/8 at 1X-2X, but even at that f-stop your depth of field is still too shallow. I highly recommend using depth of field stacking (just Google for focus stacking) software. At f/11 up to f/16, your pictures will become soft. I rarely use f/16. It's not f/16 at 5X anyways, and every little speckle of dust on your sensor that was invisible at f/8, will show up at f/16. Therefore, DoF stacking is necessary.
5) When you set to 3X-5X, the screen will be very very dark.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cadillac of macro lenses! I went with Canon gear specifically because of this lens. It is everything they claim it to be, but if you are a beginner this is probably not the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edward D. Lance
Amazing lens... but not for the beginner. I am very familiar with 1:1 macro, with and without extension tubes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
But be cautioned: This is a very specialized lens. It is not easy to use. It is not a normal lens in any way. I use it for macro pictures of bugs, and for that, it works. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Rapp
Disappointed with this lens. It's definitely not practical for someone on the go because it takes much set up to capture an image. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jody Eaton
Over the years, I've used reversed macro lenses with extension tubes and bellows a number of times. The first time I assembled this lens, its dedicated lens hood, and the Canon... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James K. Beard
This is an excellent Canon lens if you're interested in going beyond the standard 1X magnification of a normal Canon Macro lens. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MHSvz32
First of all, I didn't buy this lens from Amazon, but I spent couple of days with the lens and eventually returned it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rakesh Koul
This is MANUAL only, forewarning, and you have to plan for lower light at full magnification...I use this for micro/macro photography of mineral crystals as small as 0.5-1mm... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dana M.