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Registered: May 2010
Posts: 12
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by lensreporter
Review Date: 3/19/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: 5:1, excellent imagequality, nice bokeh
Cons: from 3:1 very dificult to handle - you need macroflash and millimetric-plate

One of the very best macro-lenses, starts where other stop, 3:1 up to 5:1 onother world..... but you need some accessories like macroflash and a millimetric plate and a lot of patience.....

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 8
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by Wojtek
Review Date: 2/28/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $800.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: The sharpest of all Canon Macro lenses
Cons: Could be a higher focal length (objects must be ridiculously close to the lens)

The lens sharpness test is posted on
This is the best quality macro lens Canon has to offer. The image quality it delivers surpasses Canon's 180 mm macro lens. The only draw-back is the lowest magnification ratio, that is still very high, so that for the objects taller or wider than one inch you must use other lenses. Contrary to a common opinion that you have to have a specialized macro flash, I still got away without it and doing just fine, but I can't imagine not having the software that efficiently enhances the DOF. This is true, however, that the distance between the object and the lens must be low (10cm for 1:1 and 4cm for 5:1), so that a lens with a longer focal length would be much easier to use with an external flash system. It is an excellent choice for a serious macro work.

Registered: October 2007
Posts: 82
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by lextalionis
Review Date: 11/7/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: Execelent results for the pro
Cons: Difficult for beginer

Brian Valentine "LordV" was kind enough to show some of his work using this lens on a Canon 20D. See these fabulous sample high-resolution shots here:

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Sample Photos


Registered: May 2007
Posts: 24
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by rainerknappe
Review Date: 5/17/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $850.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: incredible good lens
Cons: may be a bit heavy

This lens is a real adventure - 1:1 is good, 2:1 is great, 3:1 is incredible, 4:1 is sensacional and 5:1 blows out your mind!!
A whole new world to discover!
If you are a "real macro-freak" you have to, yes you really have to buy this fantastic lens!
Great optics and great construccion - but you need a stabilization-system and a macro-flash.
Of course its not a cheap lens but worth every penny!
1000% recomended

Registered: July 2006
Posts: 3
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by JimsMaher
Review Date: 7/30/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $800.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Zooms from 1:1 to 5:1 magnification, nice bokeh, SHARP
Cons: Fixed focus, shallow DOF

1:1 means the subject is the size of the sensor.
5:1 the subject is 1/5th the size of the sensor ... 5x magnification
... an 8x10 of lincoln's copper beard.

This lens can't take shots of things (in focus) more than a few inches in front of it.

When zoomed out to 5x the lens is about twice as long as it is at 1x.

No front element rotation.

You have to move the whole camera or change the zoom (not recommended for most situations) or move the subject ... to focus. Single focal plane (fixed focus). No focus ring, just the zoom ring.

The focal distances from the front of the lens at given magnifications, As written on lens under the zoom ring:

5x 41mm 1.6"
4x 44mm 1.7"
3x 51mm 2.0"
2x 63mm 2.5"
1x W.D. 101mm / 4.0 inch

It loses about 2-3 stops of light from 1x - 5x.

Doesn't work well with hot-shoe mounted flash.
This lens wants a macro flash.
It also likes a tripod that can put the camera hovering just off the ground (the MP-E 65mm's packaged Tripod Mount Ring B is nice ... and removable)

When in focus, pictures are very sharp with nice bokeh from 2.8 to16
(note: aperture range does not extend to 64 as stated above under "Specifications", though it should)

All around, a highly specialized lens that does the job it's supposed to.

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 1
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro review by method
Review Date: 10/24/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $799.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: For extreme macro photography this is *the* lens.
Cons: Difficult to use. Limited Depth of Field

This lens is one of the more unusual produced. It is not just manual focus, it has no focus ring at all! Instead you have to move in and out to find the right focus.
The ring on the lens is for zooming. In its closed state the lens produces life size images 1:1. Zoomed to its maximum it produces 5:1 images. In essence this is like no other macro lens!
The image is sharp but the depth of field extremely shallow. This is not a general purpose lens, more a specialist optic.
Generally it needs to be used with a flash setup, I use the Canon MR-14 ringflash. The amount of light on the subject is very low at the larger magnifications, so flash becomes essential.
I tend to use Manual Mode on the camera, shooting at 1/160th sec @ f16. On the camera (a 20D) I also set +1 FEC. The Ringflash is set on E-TTL.
One of the great exponents of this lens online is Frank Phillips
Here are two examples of a gnat shot with this lens/flash combo:


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