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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Photo
First announced back in Oct. 1999 along with a few EOS/EF models and lenses (like Canon EOS Rebel 2000, 3000, EF 28-80mm f/3.5~5.6, EF 70-200 f/4.0 USM, 75~300mm f4~5.6 and four revised EF L-Series telephotos), but officially it went to the street at some markets as late as 2001. Canon used to have a Bellow unit at the FD era with some dedicated Bellow lenses other than some normal as well some Macro FD lenses (FD 50mm f/3.5 & 100mm f/4.0)can also be mount to use for macro photography larger than 1X Reproduction. Basically the EOS system currently does not have a Bellow Unit. Canon solution is to have a specially designed macrophoto lens which serves similar purpose which allows expanded photography from life-size to 5x magnification to replace conventional Bellow extension concept. One of the main technical issue is the EF/EOS electronic communication interface which restricting Bellow unit for full AF, exposure and metering integration. In late '90, they announced availability of a specialty macro photo lens called MP-E 65mm/2.8 1-5X Macro Photo optic. It is a tiny lens with a removable tripod collar for convenient manipulation for vertical or horizontal shooting. The designing concept is like incorporating a movable built-in extension tube and/or Built-in Bellow.
The optical construction comprises of a 10 elements in 8 groups design which includes a three lens groups floating lens elements system that moves the first, second and third lens groups to deliver variable magnification as well as high quality images in the macro photography. The design effectively corrects the aberration fluctuation which accompanies changes in magnification.
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Besides, an UD lens element is placed as the second element to counter secondary spectrum, a common optical problem always presents during high magnification photography. The lens is also equipped with an Canon EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm) to permit AE photography which replacing older method of using double cable release method for Bellow Unit
The incorpoartion of the Canon EMD permits users to enjoy AE shooting, including automatic aperture control as well as E-TTL autoflash for macro photography. However, autofocus is still not permissible with this lense even when used with any Canon EOS SLR camera models (AE photography at all magnification, (1-5X) is available only with the following camera models:- Canon EOS IV/HS, Original EOS-1, EOS lN/DP/HS(RS), EOS 3, EOS 1Ds Mark II. EOS-Ds EOS 1D (laser matte screen must be replaced). For other EOS models, exposure compensation is required the actual aperture rises as the magnification goes up, so Canon recommends using exposure compensation or the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX or the Macro Twin Lite MT 24EX; Canon also suggest using commercially available focusing rails for small focusing adjustments.). Canon suggests Subtle adjustments to magnification are possible using the wide ring and Canon even suggest to users acquiring third party products such as railing for minor extension and focus control. As one of the main issue users facing with extreme high magnification is light loss during close ups, the setup is possible to make good use of artificial illumination such as Canon's Ring flash like the ML-3 or the or the newer Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and the Macro Twin Lite MT24EX. The few Canon Macrolites for close-ups may present varying degree of user friendliness and practicality, some would prefer Ring for overall soft effect while others may prefer the flexible twin flash models for user-set modeling lights effect. Good thing is, Canon has expanded the scope for selection and various options are available for consideration.
On paper and specification sheet alone, the Canon MP-E 65mm/2.8 1-5X Macro Photo lense does seem like a very attractive package, much due to its ability to allow people with the interest in exploring the world of super-macro beyond 1X (1:1) magnification ratio. But the lens can or best is to shoot within subject at distances less than 100mm @1X RR (at 5X, it is approx. 40mm); with Canon SLRs with a virtual viewfinder of 100% coverage would be easier for actual effect and for a more precise picture composition One of key issue is not actually relating to autofocus (yes, it is a manual focus EF optic) as in extreme close-ups with little depth of field, the margin of error for autofocusing can be quite confusing even to the most precise autofocus detection system. It cannot be used as a all round general purpose lense like any of the Canon macro lenses of EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact MACRO; EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO or the EF Tele-Macro 180mm f/3.5L. It is a special application optic and aiming to tackle demand for a top quality lens in a handy 35mm format for industrial, nature or scientific research purposes. As extreme-macro photography requires plenty of knowledge in handling, setup and shooting for successful deliveries of quality photos, and many secondary issues such as depth of field, proper illumination and countering shake-free problems may add up cost to your photography (like further investment on other system accessories) which means to say other than those photographers who has developed a keen interest in studying nature behavior or solely for leisure macrophotography would be interested in acquiring this lens type. For those who are not so sure whether it is the right lens type for you, first try out with other Canon EF Macro alternatives before straight stepping into this section. I do owned an Bellow Unit and some macro lenses and I can provide some suggestion (if you don't mind) because this is kind of investment is where you may be ended up it at a corner after a few trials later if you find you don't have the time, patience and pursuing with further interest after a few failures on the fields. However, as Canon has emerged as the world largest lens/camera manufacturers now, the Company needs to maintain a full system configuration to ensure users to have an option should such requirement exists and this lens has extended Canon system for a good consideration as a primary system of choice for all round availability of system components.
<<<-- I don't have nor anyone sent me a good macro photo an extreme close-up shot beyond multiple X.. anyway, here is one macro picture on a tightly composed Wasps colony ..
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For the die hard who wishes to go beyond the extreme, theoretically, you can mount the Extender EF for even 1X from the maximum R. Ratio given but Canon advises against the usage in this manner. Well, the already dim finder at higher magnification will be even dimmer, optical quality may deteriorate, further and lastly - refer to the depth of filed chart below (in mm) with such available extremely shallow zone of sharpness, what can you possibly find something interesting to shoot ? haha ..you can try for fun of it but with a price tag of a suggested list price at USD1,390-00 and used price approx. at USD830~USD900-00 lens only (Extender not included), it can be an expensive trial out.
Recommended External Link relating to this lens: http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/mp-e-65.shtml
Effective aperture will auto compensate; for an instance at 5X RR, aperture will be f/96 and DOF is like 1.164mm (please refer to your lens manual for other details.
Bubbles near the edge of a glass (1.5x). 100% crop
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Technical Specification for Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO PHOTO:-
Type: - Manual lens type
Focal Length: 65mm
Maximum/Minimum Aperture: - f/2.8~ f/16 (to maximum f/96 at 5:1)
Focus Adjustment:- Manual
Zoom Adjustment:- Nil. Fixed Focal Length Lens with Canon EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm)
Closest Focusing Distance:- 0.24m (0.24 ft) from film plane to subject
Maximum Magnification:- Variable from 1X to maximum 5X (5:1)
Distance Scales: Provided
Angle of View:- 15° 40' 10° 35' 18° 40' (horizontal, vertical and diagonal)
Lens construction:- 10 Elements in 8 Groups
Number of Diaphragm Blades: - 6 blades
Filter Attachment Size:- 58 mm
Others: - Macro magnification scales provided.
Diameter:- 81 x 98mm (3.2" x 3.9")
System Accessories:- Extension Tube EF12 (II); Extension Tube EF25 (II) - usable but not advisable; lens hood: exclusive; Lens Cap E-58; lens case: LP`1216; Gelatin Filter Holder: not compatible; Usable Macrolites: - Canon Ring flash ML-3; MR-14EX and Twin Lites MT-24EX
Other Canon macrophotography lens alternatives: EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact MACRO w/ Life Size Converter EF | EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO | EF 180mm f/3.5L MACRO | Canon MP-E 65mm f/28 MACRO Photo | External Link: - Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro (linked to www.photozone.de review) | Relative: - Canon FD Macro Lenses 20mm 35mm 50mm 100mm 200mm or older S.S.C. range of macro lenses + Main Index Page on Canon FD lens Resources
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