I did it…. the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro

canon_mp-e_65mm_f2_8_1-5x_macro Just came back from the shop and bought a MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens from Canon. The ultimate macro or close up lens that is able to magnify from 1x (real life size) to 5x.

Focal length and maximum aperture: 65 mm f2.8
Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
Diagonal angle of view: 18°14”
Focus adjustment: Manual
Closest focusing distance: 0.243m 5X
Filter size: 58mm

mpe2 What Canon says about the MP-E 65mm:
A unique manual-focus lens designed exclusively for macro shooting

This is the first macro photo lens designed to achieve a high magnification greater than 1x without additional accessories. It is ideal for small subjects. The newly designed optical formula and UD-glass elements suppress chromatic aberrations which become apparent at high magnifications. For flash photography, Macro Ring Lite ML-3 can be attached to the lens.


First try outs were difficult, but I was warned that this would not be an easy lens. So I need a lot of time to practise and do test shoots. As soon as I have some results I will share them here


On the left you see a picture of the lens in 1x and 5x magnification setting. In both extremes the lens acts completely different. So a new big adventure lies ahead.

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