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.
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
- One Ultra-Low Dispersion Lens Element
- Super Spectra Coating
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Overview
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Specs
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||18° 40'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.45" / 24 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||5:1|
|Optical Design||10 Elements in 8 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Tripod Collar||Removable and Rotating|
|Filter Size||58 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.19 x 3.86" / 81 x 98 mm|
|Length at Maximum Extension||9.02" / 229 mm|
|Weight||1.56 lb / 710 g|
|Package Weight||2.315 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8 x 6 x 5.9"|
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Reviews
There is a reason its a legend.
The MP-E 65mm has been a bit of a legendary lens within the macro community since it first came out. And for good reason, the level of sharpness the MP-E has is not something you can easily find in other lenses. I've been using my new Canon MP-E 65mm lens daily, and I have noticed an immediate increase in the quality of my photos. In the past it was typical for me to have only a few usable images from a macro shoot, with most of my frames taken turning out not quite good enough for publication. But not anymore. With the MP-E 65mm I am getting mostly 100% results now. Absolute life changer for me.
I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this lens
I have done 1x, 2x, and 2.5x macro using various lenses but macro is by no means my main photography pursuit. From what I've used of this lens, it is a masterpiece of work. For some reason, the image of the lens makes me expect it to be rather small. It isn't. The way the lens operates is at full 5X, it is roughly triple the length at 1x. I have the RF to EF adapter using it on a Canon EOS R5 and it operates fine.
MP-E 65mm to the rescue.
So I must say I have had experience shooting macro photography, focus stacking & magnification at 2:1, 3:1 etc from reverse rings on wide angle lenses before buying this baby. I went ahead & made the investment after learning about all the pros & cons. For me I was fully prepared to buy a electronic rail & software to use to control the camera via my laptop which makes its all work efficiently. Great lens I must say. I had been shooting with Canon's L lens 24-70mm which cost $1800 and the quality is right there with the glass used in this lens. I'm all in on Macro photography & it's a great investment but without the right accessories you won't be able to optimize the full use of this lens.
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I have been doing a lot of macro work lately with my 100mm Canon lens and wanted to expand with a lens that would get me closer. After a bit of a learning curve on how the lens operates it has a favorite. Images are quite sharp.
Best of the Best
This is my second MP-E 65mm. The first one finally died after nine years of almost daily use. I use it to photograph samples of sand. It has a built in groove for Canon's two macro flashes - the ring lite MR-14EXII, and the twin lite MT-24EX. I use the ring lite almost exclusively. Focusing is primitive with moving the camera back and forth. You definitely need a tripod and rail attachment to get accurate focus. The only negative I experienced with the lens was that as it aged, I could not use twin light in a vertical position because it's weight would cause the magnification to change. That is not a problem when the lens is new. It probably would never be a problem if the lens was used horizontally.
The lens is legendary for macro for a reason.
Lived up to what I read
I wanted to take my macrophotography to the next level. I had attached the Vello tubes to the Canon 100m macro and squeezed out what I could but wanted to go further. This lens kept coming up. I read this lens was difficult to use from a focusing perspective. I think it depends on the use case case. If the camera is mounted onto a slider for macro photography of a stationary object it may take a little longer to get the setup right but then you're good to go. If you're trying to use it in the field imaging objects that move I could see how it would be frustrating to use. Aside from that the build is like a tank and when holding it you know you're holding something substantial.
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