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...
Excerpt: This is a lens that any Canon fan would eventually buy, because of its uniqueness. It basically allows you to take a microscope with you. However, for it to really shine, I still need to get a sturdy tripod (Gitzo Systematic), a stable ball head (Arca-Swiss d4), macro rails, and macro flash...
Excerpt: Fantastic lense. Fun for the entire family to look at things with it. It's more like a microscope than a lens. You can't photograph anything longer than an inch/2,5 cm away.There is no focus, so you focus by moving the camera closer and farther away from the subject.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fun, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I was truly amazed at the power this lense has. It can be tricky to use, but with enough practice you can take amazing photos. You will definitely need a tri-pod and some other source of light when using the 5x magnification. The lack of auto focus is not that bad.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
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.
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.
Excerpt: When I first got this lens I thought I'd made a big (expensive)mistake getting it. The main concern was it does not have any way to focus. The lens is used by moving the lens and camera to or from the subject until it is in focus.
Pros: Durable, Strong Construction, Very powefull macro
Excerpt: This is one of the of the nicest lenses I have. Good for making small stuff big and great in detailed work where you want to see a fine detail or pattern. Tripod and focusing rail not a must have to use the lens but an asset.