Reviews and Problems with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
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Fun, fun, fun!!!
C. Smith, Amazon
5 January 2013
Summary: This was a gift. Yay me! It's really fun. No, it isn't the easiest lens in the world but, that's alright. Photography should be fun and challenging shouldn't it? Yep, it should.- It's a great big hunk of glass. A little expensive. Not bad if it's a gift though:) It's also a bit heavy. Doesn't bother me. I really like it and can't wait to get some snowflake pics. Anyway, if you buy it you know what you're getting yourself into.
Summary: This is a super lens, very sharp and clear, excellent for macro work. The only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that it is not a simple lens to use. It requires a very solid tripod and focusing is done by changing magnification or moving the object or sometimes the camera. At high magnification such movements have to be made very carefully.
Conclusion: By far the most difficult lens I've ever used. It does what it is supposed to do better than any other lens, but handling the lens is a real challenge. At this magnification level, 5x, even the slight breeze throws the object out of focus. Not only a very sturdy tripod is a must, but in my opinion, a remote trigger is same as much necessary since merely touching a camera to click results in vibration and out of focus picture.
Conclusion: I have this lens along with the ring flash and thought it would be great fun when I first purchased it. It is very difficult to operate because the depth of field is about 1mm when at 5x. You definitely need a tripod, flash and ideally a remote trigger to get clean shots. At 5x a photo of a house fly's eye will fill about half of the image and will only have about half of it in focus because if you focus on the front of the eye the back half will be a blur.
Pros: Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Cons: must have ring flash, must have tripod, must have remote
Conclusion: I have used this lens several times through CPS loans and it is the only lens that I have found that does what it does, but boy is it a challenge. field of view and depth of field are so narrow that I have no idea how one would get a photo of anything that was moving. In my opinion absolutely requires tripod and focusing rail. Results much better when using ringlight (still a real challenge), but great fun!
Pros: Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, only lens that does what it does
Summary: Like a microscope going from life size to 5 times larger than life. The higher the magnification the more shallow the depth of field becomes. Be aware this lens is only for macro. at 1x (actual size your subject must be about 4 inches away from the lens, at 5x 1.6 inches.) The lens has no focus ring. You focus by zooming the lens or moving the camera on a focusing rail. You will need to always use this with a tripod to get the best results.
Summary: I had to knock one star off of the rating because this is lens is so difficult to use. It is definitely not for the point and click crowd. But once you get the hang of it, it's produces beautiful and stunning images. It's borderline microscopic photography, as you'll see details you can't see with your eyes. 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.
Summary: Nice lens, sharp pictures. When used with a tripod and focusing rail can get very sharp pictures. Very little depth of field and must use in a control environment. any breezes or movement of object will blurr. Problems Encountered: Little depth of field, Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Canon 180 macro with extension tube Items I Recommend: Tripod and focusing rail