Reviews and Problems with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
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Not Difficult to Use
David Illig, Adorama
29 July 2014
Excerpt: You may have read that this lens is difficult to use. It is not.<br /><br />You must read about this lens before you buy it, however. It has only one purpose, the making of extreme close-up photomacrographs. You will not photograph the kids' birthday parties with this lens.<br /><br />This lens has no focusing mechanism.
Excerpt: This is a well built special purpose macro lens with manual focus. It can only focus on very close, flat objects. This lens rewards patience with excellent sharp magnified photos. I only use this lens with a tripod, and a rack focusing rail, and generally have to use live-view to get the focus just right. Many times. I need to add artificial light because the lens is so close to the subject that little ambient light can get in.
This lens is great for macro work - it's a microscope for your camera
17 March 2014
Summary: This lens is so much fun to use! You already know it's manual focus, but the MP-E designation might confuse people. It just stands for 'macro photography', but this lens will work with EF or EF-S lens mounts equally well. It should probably be designated as an L lens for the quality of images it produces. Everyone raves about this unique lens, and I do too. But I'm going to try something different.
Summary: This lens is not for the casual hobbyist. There is a steep learning curve involved in first using the MP-E 65. But after you get used to shooting with it you'll begin to reap the benefits of being able to photograph insects as small as ants.
Summary: I've had this lens for many years. It performs very well and does things that I haven't seen in any other lens. I suppose you could take a conventional macro, add a bunch of extension tubes and achieve the same result, but I've never tried that. Although clumsy to use, it works a lot more conveniently than using extension tubes. I find that the extreme magnification requires significant skill to freeze the motion blur, if you do not use a flash.
Yahoo! This lens may not be for everybody, but for a macro nut it is the bomb!
20 December 2013
Summary: The list of cons is long. 1)The lens is light starved. A ring light or other "Macro Flash" is almost a necessity 2) It has an amazingly thin depth of field which I did not think was adjustable. 3) No focus ring. Nope, ya' set the magnification you want and move the camera back and forth until the picture is sharp. 4) It is heavy. Which is why it comes with a built in tripod mount on the lens itself. 5) It is expensive. 6) It is very limited in its application.
Excerpt: This is about as convenient as you will find for closeup, 1x to 5x photos. A tripod and dual plane focusing rail are must accessories for consistent results. There is no focusing ring on this lens. The ring rotates to change the magnification by extending the lens and shifting internal elements. You must move the rig to achieve a sharp image, which is the most accurate way to focus at one to one and greater magnifications.
Summary: Truly amazing pics. You may need to train fine movements to get your focus where you really want. Also, the special flash looks like a must have as longer exposure just cannot easily make up for lack of light: micro vibrations can smudge your image without. But, if you are the guy/girl who loves to play around for minutes on an exposure, then your patience will worth every (hefty) penny of this beauty. Not for point-n-shooters!
Excerpt: So far I have been experimenting with this lens and have had some good results. It is very difficult to hold yourself still so a tripod is definitely recommended. I am hoping to branch out and start using some of the non auto functions on my camera with this lens...still learning!
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fun, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have been using it with the macro twin flash to photograph spiders and insects.<br />The lens is easy to use and sharp.<br /><br />The only problem is that Canon put the wrong instruction sheet with the lens. (They gave me instructions for a tilt/shift lens).