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

(based on 139 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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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

The best.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Simply the best

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Powerful capabilities; limited usefulness

By Mark

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I purchased this lens to see how it would stack up against my Canon 100mm macro. While this MP-E 65mm has some striking usefulness, it is nevertheless limited by its inability to focus to infinity. One focuses on the subject matter by moving the camera, not a focus ring. In one instance, a large butterfly landed on a flower I happened to be taking. I couldn't get back far enough to get all of the butterfly in the frame. It was at that moment that I missed my 100mm macro. If you've got all the money in the world, get this MP-E, but I can't quite afford to have such a specialty lens. I like just a little more versatility in my macro lens - and the ability to get more in the frame at a moment's notice.

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Maynahd

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is so much fun to use. Endless opportunities to create Amazing images. Tripod, focus rails and focus stacking are a must.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By Mats

from Undisclosed

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

There is only one word! Outstanding. A complete new world opens. The lens is fantastic. But you need a tripod and a good quality precision XY- table and a monoball. I use the Arca Swiss.

 
5.0

Need to know what you are buying...

By Jorge

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is an excellent macro lens. You will get amazing images but you have know its potential and its limitations. I am very happy with it and look forward to many many years of backyard fun...

 
5.0

Mighty Macro

By PeteTelephoto

from Jacksonville

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

Beautifully executed lens. Provides excellent color correction and a flat field. Images of grids, such as a window screen, did not reveal barrel or pincushion distortions.

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (10 of 10 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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (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!

      (17 of 17 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (10 of 10 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      (10 of 10 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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