Reviews and Problems with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
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I can see the mosaic eyes of insects!
14 September 2013
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!
Summary: I used to like this lens, but coupled with the newer Canon bodies I am in love. The newer sensors have good sharpness at higher ISO settings so doing outdoor photography without flash is easier. I can set the aperture to F16, speed to 1/200th of a second and let auto ISO do the rest. Also with high frames per second I can hold the camera at arms length near the subject, guess at the focal distance, and hold the shutter release down.
Summary: Really great macro lens, little difficult to use of course but very powerful! You will have to bring the most of the things to the lens not just go outside and shoot, but if you are patient you can do that also.
Summary: One of my motivations in getting into photography had always been doing macro photography. I'd been delighted with my Canon 100mm Macro lens, but wanted to get in even closer. So I ordered the Canon MP-E 65mm f/ 2.8 Macro. I have to say I was so intimidated by it on arrival, I almost sent it back. It sat on my table for six months. Finally I put it on my camera, put some honey on my porch railing, and began to photograph wasps and ants.
Summary: I had a 100mm macro lens for years finding it limiting at times so I did considerable research regarding the 65mm lens. A focusing rack is a must for this lens. But with the right equipment and a little patience, you can take great macro pictures.
Summary: Really great lens for taking very detailed closeups. Takes a little getting used to and requires some knowhow and a steady hand (i would recommend using a mount) but the quality and the detail are just incredible.
Summary: This lense is great for really upclose pictures. All the other reviews that put this in a good light are true. It is a little difficult to focus as there is no focus ring, but not a big deal. Couple this lense with extension tubes and you practically have a microscope. Lighting is also a little tricky but the effort is worth it.
Conclusion: This is a superb lens if you are a macro/micro photography enthusiast. It is kind of tricky to focus since, well, you can not focus with the lens. You need to move the camera in order to get the right picture. It is definitively not for everybody, this is only if you like this type of abstract photography and, since it is not cheap, you may want to rent it first. In my case, I can not be happier it is really fun to use and so far no need of a tripod to take awesome pics.
Conclusion: If you love macro photography, this lens takes it to another level. There is an initial learning curve with it, but once mastered it truely opens the door to insane macro ability. Lighting has been an issue, at the 5x magnification, due to the shallow distance from the object. I have been experimenting with light painting as a means of highlighting areas with good results. Live view, tripod, shutter release are highly recommened. A great lens to own.
Summary: I love this lens. I am a semi-professional photographer. If you do macro photography, this is a must have Canon lens. I use this lens to photograph maker's marks on silver. Image viewing a silver hallmark, the size of one-third of a pencil lead tip, resulting in an amazing 22 inch image. It is a specialized lens that will not suit most photographers, but I LOVE it.