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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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|Focus Type||manual_only||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 3.86 x 3.19 in||3.07 x 4.84 x 3.07 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.87 x 2.76 x 2.87 in||3.27 x 7.36 x 3.27 in||3.07 x 5 x 3.07 in|
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|Maximum Focal Length||65 millimeters||100||50 millimeters||60 millimeters||180||105 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 millimeters||62 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.
You need a macro rail to nail focus because handholding this is very difficult without the image stabilization that's on the 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens. You are also fighting against effective apertures at the different high magnifications this lens can achieve. As you fight these higher effective apertures, you also have to contend with diffraction that will make the images less sharp. The upshot of all this is that by the time you're at 5X magnification, you should be photographing at f/2.8, which means you are probably going to be focus stacking. I have discovered after a lot of use with this lens that 4X magnification at f/2.8 is the peak sharpness and that 5X magnification at f/2.8 (effective aperture of f/16) has slightly more detail but is less sharp. These low effective apertures mean that you'll either be taking the photographs at a calculated exposure time in Bulb mode, or you'll be pushing 30 seconds of exposure time. You will need a flash if you want to have reasonable exposure times as well.
A very well priced macro rail is the "Velbon Super Magnesium Slider, Macro Rail" which is much more reliable than the stuff offered from Cowboy Studio or Neewer. The reason I don't recommend the stuff from Cowboy Studio or Neewer is because they will flex with the weight of your camera as you move the lens in and out along the rail which will cause misalignment of your images when you're stacking them, and that defeats the whole purpose of attaching a macro rail to your tripod in the first place. The cheap focus rails will also wobble a lot more.
Next you should get some photography stacking software. You don't need stacking software if you want to take abstract looking photos, but if you want your subject in focus, you need to stack your images. Photoshop can do basic stacking, but it isn't very good with this advanced lens and will give you weird halos in the final output and you will also have patches of blurry areas among the sharp regions. Zerene Stacker is what I recommend as the best software I have found for stacking images with this lens.
Finally, you should think about what kind of flash you want to use with this lens. You can either light with a TTL cord and a standard speedlight, or you can use one of the macro flashes that attach to the front of the lens. I think the flashes that attach to the front of the lens produce images that look the best, but I personally think the Canon macro flashes are too overpriced. I recommend getting the "Meike MK-14EXT Macro TTL ring flash for Canon". It's almost identical to the Canon ring flash in terms of functions, but it produces images that actually do look identical. It's also at a much more reasonable price.
Also, there is the option to go beyond 5X with this lens using the Extender teleconverters and Extension Tubes. Both work. With a 2X Extender, you can achieve 10X magnification which is insane, but you're going to be focus stacking like crazy for that photo. Diffraction of light also causes a hit to 10X image quality in the same way that 5X takes a hit relative to 4X magnification. And Extension Tubes will help you go a little beyond 5X with less impact to image quality than the Extender would create.
Okay, after reading this review, I think you'll know everything you need to get started and you'll know about all the accessories you should have to take great photos. There is a great online community for people getting started in macro photography at Photo Macrography Net. Visiting that website should help people figure out what they're doing.