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CanonMP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens
 
4.8

(based on 133 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (92)
  • Durable (75)
  • Consistent output (56)
  • Rugged (50)
  • Easily interchangeable (39)

Cons

  • Heavy (27)
  • Poor in low light (19)
  • Slow focus (14)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (89)
  • Macro (6)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
  • Special effects (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (17), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (85), Yes (4)

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

 

hard to learn how to focus

This lens is sharp and powerful! However, its usefulness is limited because of the focusing. I knew that it did not autofocus when I purchased it, but I did not know that there...Read complete review

This lens is sharp and powerful! However, its usefulness is limited because of the focusing. I knew that it did not autofocus when I purchased it, but I did not know that there is no manual focus either! Focusing is obtained by moving back and forth slowly. I do have a focusing rail and it works very well on a tripod with the focusing rail. However, I wanted to use the lens with flowers, bugs, butterflies, etc. and it is too hard to move back and forth to focus on things that move. People looking for sharp images of stamps, coins, and other inanimate objects will love it, but nature photographers might just be frustrated, like me.

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5.0

Science

By Vin

from Vancouver

About Me Photography Student

Pros

  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Scientific Measurements

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

    I use this lens for scientific applications, it is an amazing piece of glass. To take advantage of this lens you really need proper lighting and stabilization, having that you can get unbelievable macro-photos, specially in post-production with stacking using Photoshop.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great lens with practice

    By mike

    from abingdon md.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    use the lens for macro photos. it will take a great picture but its hard to focus without practice and paitents

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    • Yes

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super Macro lens

    By IOL Shooter

    from Trinidad & Tobago

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Solid feel

    Cons

    • no complaints

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Beautiful lens for all types of very close up photography, be it still life or wild life/nature.
    While focusing can be a challenge it was easier than many have conveyed and you will get better with practice. With a small aperture and a macro flash it is possible to get decent close-ups even while hand holding. For still life in a sterile environment (no wind) a tripod with a macro focusing rail and a remote release is ideal. Having loads of fun

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    5.0

    Amazing lens!

    By David M

    from Winston-Salem NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I do a lot of macro work. Until now, I have been using a Sigma 105 Macro lens with a full set of Kenko extention tubes. The MP-E 65 allows my greater maginification without having to use tubes. Sharp lens! If you are new to macro, this lens has a learning curve, especially for handheld shots at 3-5X. You will need a flash for hand held shots.

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      (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Macro Plus

      By MarkL

      from Alabaster, AL.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Difficult To Learn To Use
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult To Learn To Use

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      Using this lens with stack focusing is unbelievable. It is fantastic. I am having more fun than the law allows.

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      • Yes

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MP-E 65mm

      By Supa Steve

      from AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High magnification
      • Sharp

      Cons

      • Not Weather Sealed

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      Not the easiest macro lens to use, but results are worth the effort! I love this lens.

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      • No

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best I have ever used!

      By tmartinblue88

      from Mission Viejo, CA

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

      I bought this lens based on a few reviews and some colleagues reccomendations! I have gotten a lot of use from it and it has been exactly what I was looking for for special macro tight images! I love it. I would totally recommend it for photographers who are comfortable with manual focus!

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      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is the reason I bought a Canon

      By arthropod faces

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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've been using this lens since 2004. It was the reason I went with Canon rather than Nikon. I wanted a dissecting microscope mounted on my camera---and I got it. Pair it with a 24EX twinlight, a focusing rail, and focus stacking software and you will will go where no photographer has gone before. Respect DOF and lighting and it will make every photo you take out-of-the-ordinary. You will have a tendency to want to hunt extensively for your subject (even though it is 2 inches in front of the lens) and you have the unusual problem of subjects occasionally jumping on your lens (e.g. jumping spiders) or grinding it into the dirt (e.g. photographing ant foraging behavior). You can easily photograph at 1X with a slight rocking motion to focus, but 3X or more requires a stable base. At 5X the viewfinder grows dark. In other words, it is a challenging lens but not impossible. This was literally the first camera lens I bought and the lens that I learned on. It remains my favorite lens (and I have the 2.8 70-200mm L, 24-70mm L, 180mm L macro and other great lenses.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Most powerful macro available

      By Dragon Studio

      from Virginia Beach

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      This lens is in a class all by itself. With up to 5x magnification you can take portraits of a fly. It does have a learning curve as there is no autofocus and when you get up to 5x the depth of field is so shallow you can throw off the focus just by pressing the shutter release. Hand holding it takes some getting used to and a ring flash is a must. I would recommend trying it before you buy it.

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      5.0

      just the ticket

      By rtkulhaw

      from michigan

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

      just what I wanted works as advertised in stock shipped fast, love shopping here

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Specialized Macro

      By CedarBird

      from Colorado Springs

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Build quality
      • Durable
      • Image quality
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow Focus
      • Takes Skill To Use

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      This is probably the best "specialized macro" on the market as long as you understand DOF, diffraction and that it can only be used for Macro work....Will not focus on objects further than 4 inches away. You will also need to know stacking images if you need more than a few mm. of DOF.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      Verified Buyer

      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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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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