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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
- 65mm focal length (35mm format)
- Manual focus and built in tripod collar
- 24cm closest focusing distance, up to 5x life size
- UD lens element
- 58mm filter size
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual-and-auto|
|Item Dimensions||3.86 x 3.19 x 3.19 inches||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches||4.84 x 3.07 x 3.07 inches||2.76 x 2.87 x 2.87 inches||2.99 x 2.13 x 2.13 inches||3.54 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Weight||1.57 lbs||5.60 ounces||1.38 lbs||0.74 lbs||1.32 lbs||—|
|Lens Type||Standard||Standard||Telephoto||Telephoto||Telephoto||Wide Angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||65 millimeters||50 millimeters||100||60 millimeters||100 millimeters||58.0 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||65 millimeters||50 millimeters||100||60 millimeters||100 millimeters||58.0 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||67 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||58.0 millimeters|
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 and it's fully compatible with 6D, 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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A standard macro lens is usually a prime (fixed focal length) lens with extended focusing capacity in the nearby range that will let you get an object:image proportion of 1:1 -- that is, a 36 x 24mm sensor will record a frame-filling image of a real world object of the same size. In some instances, such a macro lens may cooperate with an accessory extension tube to achieve the 1:1 ratio or in some cases take you a little beyond it so that the image is larger than the photographed object. But an extension tube on a prime lens shifts its entire focusing range, so that you lose the ability to focus at infinity while the extension tube has granted you the power to focus more closely at the other end.
The MP-E 65mm lens is a dedicated macro lens with NO infinity setting and whose farthest focusing distance -- only a few inches -- permits no proportion less than 1:1 reproduction. Extending the lens body effectively gives you an image that is 5X life size. At this setting, a bee's face fills the entire image frame.
Illumination is a problem in extreme close up photography because less and less light is available to record larger and larger images of small objects. In distance photography you would simply open up the aperture or go to a long exposure, but in macro photography large apertures have terrible depth of focus and longer exposures are not indicated because of the potential camera motion that may occur even on tripod-mounted cameras. The trick is to use macro flashes (another expense!) that will pour a lot of light onto a subject in an instant. This allows you to use a preferred small aperture. Shake and blur are defeated by the brevity of the flash.
This lens is not an autofocus lens, but that is not a limitation. In macro photography you want to focus manually -- either by turning the ring on the lens or moving the entire camera body forward or back by a millimeter or fraction thereof. In usual practice moving the camera is easier. The aperture remains under program control, however, and a macro flash will dump the correct amount of light for the aperture you have chosen.
For the professional macro photographer and dedicated amateur with sufficient patience, there is no other single solution out there that lets you easily take the kinds of pictures you can get with this lens. It is always possible, of course, to reverse a standard lens on the front of a cloth bellows and put your camera body on the other end, but then you lose any automatic functionality whatsoever and are obliged to do a lot of exposure calculations (or go through a lot of trial and error exposures) to get what you want.
For recorded images up to five times life size, it is hard to beat this lens. But to repeat my original caution, please don't use this lens to introduce yourself to macrophotography. This is the lens you should graduate to after learning the ropes on a less challenging lens. And it wouldn't hurt to read a good introduction to macrophotography so that you understand the problems of reduced light levels and depth of focus that come into play.
if you want to compare this to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens (link: https://www.amazon.com/Canon-100mm-Macro-Digital-Cameras/dp/B002NEGTSI/ref=pd_sbs_421_1/134-6636504-8069954?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002NEGTSI&pd_rd_r=d5dde6c8-413c-4a8e-9f80-2e893c0b75fd&pd_rd_w=TuElO&pd_rd_wg=cNEX8&pf_rd_p=d66372fe-68a6-48a3-90ec-41d7f64212be&pf_rd_r=N2BJ1GQSA54HRPTSN7AH&psc=1&refRID=N2BJ1GQSA54HRPTSN7AH) it's kinda of like apples to oranges. Since the 100mm can be used for a lot more than macro images. This lens is 100% macro only and can get VERY close to the target in question.
All manual, and on Anything like Sony a7r3 you will need adapter. Even with the adapter the lack of aperture ring is complicated by the Sony reading true aperture which means at 1:1 is 5.6 not 2.8 and at 5:1 your left shooting wide open as the Sony will read f18
There are work Around’s but I find wide open with a stack shot focus rail and ring flashes I get extremely great sharp images that are impossible to get with anything other then an objective micro scope attached