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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • One Ultra-Low Dispersion Lens Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • 1:1 to 5:1 Magnification, 9.4" Min Focus
  • Manual Focus Operation
  • Three-Group Floating Element System
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • 6-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Macro Ring or Twin Lites
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  • 1Description

A specialty lens designed for extreme close-up imaging, the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo from Canon lets you render subjects at up to five-times life-size magnification with a minimum focusing distance of 9.4". Dedicated solely to macro applications, this lens's unique design employs a floating elements system to maintain quality throughout the focusing range and one ultra-low dispersion element helps to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast. This 65mm f/2.8 is strictly manual focus operation only and features a removable rotating tripod collar for improved stability when working atop a tripod. Additionally, the front of the lens is designed to accept an optional Macro Ring Lite or Macro Twin Lite for greater, more even illumination of close-up subjects.

Short telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 104mm equivalent focal length.
Specifically designed for macro photography, this lens has a 9.4" minimum focusing distance along with a 1:1 to 5:1 magnification range for life-size or greater rendering. This lens does not offer infinity focus.
Manual focus operation for precise control over focusing distance when working with close-up subjects.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
One ultra-low dispersion (UD) element greatly reduces chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
Six-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality when using shallow depth of field.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Front ring of the lens supports direct mounting of an optional Macro Twin Lite or Macro Ring Lite and the lens has electric contacts for full-support of the E-TTL II flash system and for relaying accurate focus distance information.
In the Box
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Performance
    Focal Length 65mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 18° 40'
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.45" / 24 cm
    Magnification 5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:0.2
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.19 x 3.86" / 81 x 98 mm
    Weight 1.56 lb / 710 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 163.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great niche lens This lens requires some skill, but it can get results that no other DSLR lens can. I have both this and the 100mm f2.8L macro. The 100mm is arguably a better lens for 'regular' macro, but this one can get incredible magnification. It opens up a whole new world. . Here's an idea of scale: I shot the side of a blade of grass at a 45 degree angle (5x, tripod, sunlight, no flash). It more than filled the frame. Only a small ribbon is in focus, and there's a really nice blur in the background and foreground. . If you love macro and you're willing to put in the work, get this lens. If you want an easy lens to walk around with, get the 100mm f2.8L.
    Date published: 2012-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best there is for extreme macro This is the only game in town for extreme macro. Forget reverse mounting lens, forget bellows, ext tubes etc. Save your pennies and get this lens. Is it a challenge to use? You bet it is. But I am here to tell you that you do not need a tripod if you use proper form and take advantage of things like your camera bag. A little tip, set the lens at the mag you want to use and rock your body to get the focus. Now, if you wish to photo stack you will need a solid support system. I have used this lens for a month now, and I am amazed daily with what it can do. Sharp, clear throughout its range. Canon, you did good.
    Date published: 2010-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only if you are really good. This is a very advanced lens. It is superb for near microscopic work, but it takes some time to learn to use. Admittedly, I am at best an intermediate photographer, but I also have a 50 and a 100 Macro that I have pretty much mastered, and this is far more difficult to use. That said, if you want to take a full frame view of a 1/4 inch flower, this is the way to go. Would not advise even thinking about hand-held shots. The depth of field with the faster speeds is infinitesimal and unless you are looking for that effect of a minimal plane of focus, use a tripod. This is worth the price, but only if you are good and only if you are into micro.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Opens up a whole new realm Was able to get excellent results the first time I used it at 5x with my EOS 5D & MR-14EX macro Ring Lite. Tripod is a must but have gotten decent results hand-held outdoors at 1x with continuous shooting when there is no wind (just shoot lots of photos, be prepared for an extremely shallow depth of field, examine the results closely, and plan to discard most of them!). Note that you must remove any filter(s) before you attach the Ring Lite so take extra precautions not to scratch the lens. The lens extends WAY OUT as you increase it to 5x so also be careful that you don't touch the subject.
    Date published: 2008-08-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-06-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steep learning curve but worth it This lens is a blast and I love it but, be prepared for a steep learning curve. Some people have complained about a lack of auto focus may they not understand how different and complicated working is this environment can be. Let's just be glad we live in a digital world and don't have to spend a fortune on processing film anymore. Also, you might was well plan on getting a macro focusing rail. It's easier than moving the camera or subject 1mm to the front or back. Construction is very solid but think for the price they could have included the lens shade and a case. Let's face it, what this lens is is basically a 65mm reversed lens with about a foot of extension tube.
    Date published: 2010-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Lens This lens is not for the novice. You literally have to be 2 inches away from an object to take a pictures. Macro rail and macro ring flash is highly recommended. If you are new to macro photography you should start with 100mm 2.8 lens instead. Also, not a best lens for taking pictures of jewelry. Even at 65mm 1:1 zoom you can only get half the ring in the view finder. Focus area is very small - that's why macro rail is needed to make fine adjustments instead of moving the whole tripod. Lens body is very sturdy and quality built. Because you need macro flash and macro rails to use this lens on a stationary objects - it would cost almost $2000 to get started with proper setup.
    Date published: 2011-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing MACRO lens....a microscope I use this product for insect and flower macro work currently. It will get you there at 5:1 macro. Images are clear and sharp. It truly is a microscope on a digital camera. It is a little heavy and will wear down the few (like me) who at times hand hold it. Soon you will find that you need a tripod or need to be satisfied with 1:1 or 2:1 Macro. At 3:1 or more, even the slightest shake will alter measurably your photo. A tripod and mag slide are must tools as is a circle light. This entire set-up is not cheap when you add up all the necessary items. But then, nothing beats it. You will be shocked at what you see through this lens. The only problem is getting light to the subject.
    Date published: 2010-01-25
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