Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens USA

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Product Highlights
  • Manual Focus Macro Lens for EOS Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-16
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Lens Element
  • Three Group Floating Lens System
  • 1:1 to 5:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Manual Focus
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Mounting Ring for Macro Flashes
  • Focus Range from Sensor Plane: 9.4-12.2"
  • 58mm Filter Thread Diameter

The MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens from Canon is a unique manual focus lens specifically for macro photography that provides extreme close-up imaging from a 1:1 (life-size) magnification ratio to a 5:1 ratio. The lens mounts to all Canon EOS DSLR and SLR cameras.

A three-group floating system with one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element provides sharp delineation at all focusing distances. A wide focus ring enables precise manual focusing, a detachable, rotatable tripod collar offers increased stability when mounted to a tripod and in addition to the 58mm filter thread, there is a mounting ring for attaching macro lights to the front of the lens.

1:1 to 5:1 magnification ratio enables macro shooting from 1x (lifesize) to 5x larger than life magnification.
Manual focus only
Ultra-low dispersion lens element and three-group floating optical system.
Removable rotating tripod mount
Mounting ring for compatible macro flashes
Performance
Focal Length 65mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 104 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 18° 40'
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4" (23.88 cm)
Magnification 1 - 5x
Elements/Groups 10/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 3.86" (81 x 98 mm)
Weight 1.56 lb (710 g)
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Detachable Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonMP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 122 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (85)
    • Durable (68)
    • Consistent output (53)
    • Rugged (45)
    • Easily interchangeable (35)

    Cons

    • Heavy (24)
    • Poor in low light (17)
    • Slow focus (12)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (80)
    • Macro (6)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Special effects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (16), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (8)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Specialized high-mag macro lens

    This macro lens is made specifically for extreme close-in macros, and it does that job very well. Its dedicated focal range is only 1.6" to 4", depending on the magnification...Read complete review

    This macro lens is made specifically for extreme close-in macros, and it does that job very well. Its dedicated focal range is only 1.6" to 4", depending on the magnification used, and it requires manual focus. The retracted size is very compact, and the support collar/bracket provide well-balanced support. Plenty of working light is necessary for accurate focusing.

    The high magnifications require solid support for both the subject and the camera/lens. The camera should be on a solid, smooth-operating focusing rail. I'm currently using RRS macro rails, but they really have too much play for this exacting work. The small distance from the back of the support collar to the camera may cause pro body cameras to impinge on the support foot when rotating the camera orientation, requiring removal and replacement of the lens during rotation.

    Use: Once you set the desired magnification, focus is achieved by varying the distance to the subject with the focusing rail. DOF is extremely thin at these magnifications, but astounding, fully-focused macro images can be created by shooting a progression of frames while changing focus in small increments to cover the full depth of the subject. An image-stacking program can then be used to composite those frames into a single image. This process requires meticulous work, rock-solid supports, a lot of patience and considerable processing time for the image stacking program to run. The output image may require some retouching to eliminate some stacking artifacts. The results can be amazing.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Dust issues.

    On one hand, the finest Macro I have used. On the other, the most prone to dust intrusion (of any lens) I have ever owned. After two uses, in studio and...Read complete review

    On one hand, the finest Macro I have used. On the other, the most prone to dust intrusion (of any lens) I have ever owned. After two uses, in studio and with great care, the lens ended up with internal dust. If not for dust, I would have happily given this lens 5 stars, but in many ways the dust issue is just too much of a problem for me and I am selling the lens (with full disclosure). I made my buying discussion, in large part, from B&H Review pages, but after experiencing the dust problems, I found countless examples online.

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    5.0

    I've got a lot to learn :)

    By Allen

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • No auto-focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

    Don't be fooled by my review headline. I love this lens, but I need to learn more about photography in order to take advantage of it's capabilities! I would suggest a macro adjustment plate, a tripod, and a LOT of light. Just the nature of shooting in super macro. Great build quality and clarity.

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    5.0

    Unreal

    By Oil Sands Art

    from Fort McMurray, AB

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          A very sensitive lens not intended for beginners. But this lens can do some amazing things if you have the patience to master it. Will require some additional gear like tripod rail and macro ring light.

          Best Pro: Ultra close-up capabilities
          Worst Con: Ultra sensitive, ultra shallow depth of field

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          5.0

          If you are thinking of buying it, do it!

          By brian

          from NJ

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          I can't say enough amazing things about this lens, and I've only been able to play with it just a few times. The detail that this lens brings out in any object or surface is amazing and I can't wait to see what other secrets of natural and man- made objects I can unlock with this baby!

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          5.0

          Amazing Lens

          By Dan The Photographer

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          This lens is great! I use the MT-24ex to light my subjects. The only thing that's tricky to get used to is what the maximum aperture you can use without getting diffraction softening. For example, at 5x, f5.6 is the smallest I'll shoot at so that my images are very sharp. If I go smaller, of course more will be in focus, but there will gradually be no tack sharp area of focus. Though at 1x I'll shoot at f11, so if varies throughout the magnifications.

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          5.0

          superb lens

          By mikeocal

          from allegan, mi

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Magnification

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          I am really impressed with this lens. I use the Canon Twin Macro light in conjunction with it which is helpful but the pine shot was taken in the field on a cloudy day.

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          5.0

          It is a specialized macro lens.

          By Cedarbird

          from Colorado Springs

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          I have been a amateur photographer for 40 years, starting out with film and making the transition to digital...My film macro combo was a Nikon F1 with a reversed 100mm which i used with a portable flash. The average "keeper" was about 1 in 10 shots, since you couldn't see the results until after processing your roll. I have always enjoyed the hidden world that a macro lens exposed.....I read all the reviews about this lens and they almost scared me off.......Don't let it scare you. If you have any experience with macro this lens is no problem. You can bug hunt without a tripod at 1x and proper flash setup but must use a tripod focus rail setup remote cable for anything above 2x for any chance of success....Don't get me wrong it's not a novice lens but if you have done macro and want the best lens for real macro photography....this is your lens...Remember you cannot use this lens for anything but macro because it is a specialized lens....The included yoke is really great for balancing your setup on a tripod....I use it with a 7D with live view which really makes it a lot easier to use this lens......I would also invest in a small led light source to aid in focusing at high magnification.....Besides a flash a good solid tripod, remote cable and focus rail ( my own experience is the gear driven focus rails are ok but if you put your camera vertical get a screw drive like the Manfrotto to get the mechanical advantage and smooth movement). Also some sort of articulated cable clamp accessory is handy for outside shooting to hold your plant or twig etc. steady because even the slightest breeze will cause you focusing problem....If you love macro photography this is the lens for you.

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          5.0

          An Amazing Macro Lens

          By dBeauty Junkie

          from Bayonne, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

          I use this lens for close ups of cosmetics products on my blog (dbeautyjunkie.com) I consider myself a novice at best. The images I have been able to produce using this lens are just phenomenal. My brands are head over heals with the fine details I capture with this macro lens. I am so thankful I picked this up.

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          5.0

          magnification of macros!

          By mystic piet

          from mystic ct

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

            use for magnifying the world, impressive for macros and natural flowers

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            5.0

            Fantastic lens!

            By lazymoose

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

              I recently purchased this lens, so haven't used it to it's full extent as of yet. What I have seen from it is amazing detail in my images. I have found that you most definitely need a tripod, focusing rails, ringlite and remote. I was intrigued by this lens as it was something very different to add to my collection of lenses. It will let your creativity blossom. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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              5.0

              Want fun? Then get this lens.

              By jc

              from grants pass or

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

              This is simply a must-have lens for those who enjoy macro photography. I've never had so much fun taking pictures in my life. This lens offers the user the "thrill of the hunt" looking for smaller & smaller things to photograph: a fruit fly tongue, or structures deep inside a flower invisible to the naked eye. This lens will keep you entertained for hours - guaranteed. You just can't get any better macro lens than this one. While you could use this lens hand-held, a very steady hand is required because it magnifies your hand movement as well as your subject. A good tripod and macro focus rail would be very helpful especially when you get up to 5 times lifesize. Also a good light is helpful because the lens is so close to the subject at higher magnification. I just use a small worklight or flashlight, but for professional photos, a better lighting system would be good. If you want to bring back the fun of photography this is the lens for you.

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              5.0

              Great Macro Lens

              By DiinDar

              from Albuquerque, NM

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Difficult to Clean
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

              It is a great lens, but be aware that this lens does require patience and external lighting in order to really get the most out of this lens.

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              5.0

              Incredible lens! Extreme macro!

              By Riick

              from Central New Jersey

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Extreme Magnification
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • TACK SHARP

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Extreme macro
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                Extreme macro! If you like taking photos at 5x 1:1 magnification with tack sharp quality... buy this lens, buy it right now! Why take photos of insects when you can take photos of insects eyes?!

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                4.0

                My serious attempt into macro photograph

                By Basis

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                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 brackets. Therefore, the complete package might be much more expensive than the lens itself. It's not as sharp as any other lenses I used at maximum magnification. It extends a lot at maximum magnification. Wobbling is not an issue thanks to its all-metal, high-quality build. For biologists, the 5x magnification is insignificant. Nevertheless, it's easy and fun to use in the field.

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                5.0

                Loving it!

                By DrZhark

                from Toronto, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                    I'm amateur, just learning photography and I have been trying my hand at insect macro, I also own the Canon Macro 100mm 2.8L IS USM, however I wanted more magnification as that lens only gives up to 1:1. I thought about getting extension tubes and the Raynox DCR 250, but after reading several blogs and forum comments, I noticed that mostly everybody drools about the MP-E 65 and many of the best macro pictures are taken with it. I had some spare money and I indulged. I've had it only for two weeks and it is quite difficult to use, as there is no focusing, you have to focus by moving the camera, also the amount of light that goes through the viewfinder makes it extremely difficult to focus at 4x or 5x. So many photos are taken and only a few are in focus, but the ones that are shot right are amazing. It requires plenty of patience, a good light properly diffused and close to the subject and lots of practice.... but I've already taken a few shots that I'm very proud of.

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                    4.0

                    Not hard to use at all

                    By Gerillja

                    from Norway

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fun
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                    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. LiveView on a camera is great for this.I take almost all photos at f/16 to get the best possible depth of field, but even then it's barely a millimeter.Useless without a flash.You can put cheap extension tubes between it and the camera to get even closer to the subject.

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                    5.0

                    Love the World This Lens Opens

                    By Ted

                    from Danville PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                      This lens changed how I view the world. Small things not worth pointing at with my 100mm L f/2.8 IS take center stage. I am relearning composition and perspective in this world of small things. Lens construction is outstanding, but depth of field is incredibly narrow at wide apertures.

                      For me, enjoying the lens fully requires a tripod. focusing rail, and flash. I could not be happier with this purchase!

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                      5.0

                      Macro on steroids!

                      By The Landlord

                      from East Lansing, MI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                        A geared head, a focus rail and patience is a must with this lens, but the end result will be spectacular. Requires dead calm conditions because the depth of field is extremely shallow beyond 1x for outdoor macro shooting. Opened a door to a whole new world of shooting for me!

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                        5.0

                        excelent lens - worht the price

                        By Lea

                        from San Francisco

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                          The lens is great and help me to take high resolution scientific photos

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                          4.0

                          Macro lens is amazing

                          By Neuman

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                          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. It just requires a little more patience. The lense felt solid and not like a cheap piece of plastic. I would consider myself a notch slightly above a beginner photographer, and this lense was definitely user friendly.

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                          5.0

                          Most productive two days of this year.

                          By Evan

                          from Minneapolis, MN

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens:

                          I rented the MP-E over a period of two days, and as a result I am saving up to buy this lens as we speak (or as I type).I used it in conjunction with my Canon 60D and a D.I.Y. flash diffuser. I got FAR more detail than my usual set up - a 50mm macro reversed on a 100mm macro. I did notice my camera's sensor badly needed a cleaning. Over a period of a year, I've taken 5000 pictures of insects and spiders. Only 200 have been usable. From those 200, at least 20 have come from the two days with the MP-E. I looked at some of the photos posted by other people reviewing this lens, and I noticed that in general, either the lighting wasn't so great, or there wasn't much in focus. For hand holding this lens, you MUST have a flash DIFFUSER that works. It will not be enough to have a flash by itself if you want to get quality pictures. Either build one out of a cereal box like I did, or buy one along with the lens.The image I am attaching is a single image I took with the MP-E, there was no focus stacking involved.

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