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

Last updated (21 July’10):
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The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro features 65mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 18° 40′. Focus adjustment: Manual, Closest focusing distance at 0.24m/0.8 ft and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro lens weighs 25 ounces and it measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Reviews reviews the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro and writes;
“This is a very strange lens that will test your creativity as a photographer. Most people find it challenging to identify an interesting scene when it is right in front of them, at a familiar scale. But very few photographers have ever thought about hunting for interesting subjects that are a fraction of the size of a 35mm negative.”
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Popphoto reviews the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro and writes;
“For the hardcore macro shooters, the Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x Macro is one heck of a lens. It is a sharp, well built lens and it is matched by no other lens on the market. It is the only stand-alone consumer lens capable of going from life-size to five times life-size magnification. Images are sharp and well saturated with color. The lens is bright through the viewfinder at 1:1.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro and writes;
“The build quality of the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens is very good. It is a very solidly built piece of optics. Inside, a UD element is utilized. Retracted, the MP-E is short, extended it is long. at 1x, the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens was soft at f/2.8 but improved until very sharp at f/5.6 through f/8.”
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User Opinions

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro User Reviews

Amazing lens, amazing fun! | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is well constructed and easy to use with any Canon EOS body, though it must be focused manually. This is the only tool I know of that enables easy *field* photography above 2x magnification. I have stalked the tiniest insects and peered into the hearts of flowers with this astounding lens, and my images are crisp and clean every time.” – by Scott Burgess

Absolutely Fabulous | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use a tripod to photograph and either move the subject in focus, or change the magnification from the magnification ring of the lens. I set the aperture to f/16 (smallest aperture for this lens) to make sure I get maximum depth of field and sharpest result.” – by Waleed A. Alzuhair

Canon MP-E 65 mm macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an incredible lens! For anyone who wants to shoot up to 5x, this is the lens to get. I am amazed how sharp the images are. Having tried all manner of bellows and extension tubes, this lens is the ultimate choice for this type of photography.” – by Alexander U. Falster

Beautiful, tricky lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I had to knock one star off of the rating because this is lens is so difficult to use. It is definitely not for the point and click crowd. But once you get the hang of it, it’s produces beautiful and stunning images. It’s borderline microscopic photography, as you’ll see details you can’t see with your eyes. “ – by AnarchyJim

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Excellent special purpose lens. Better than expected. Caution: with large magnifications there is very low depth of field, especially that you need to use large apertures to get a good sharpness.” – by Wojciech Rychlik

better than using bellows | Rating: ★★★★★
“Under test conditions I found the Zeiss lens to be a bit sharper, but I had to enlarge the images many times and search for the tiny details. I did find, based on limited test subjects, I preferred the Canon lens over the Zeiss in color saturation. I also found at 3X the best resolution for this Canon lens was at f/8. At wide open the image is a bit soft and the corners are noticeably lacking, but stopped down everything improved significantly.” – by D. Erickson

Pro Macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It can be hand held with success, but it requires a steady hand. It extends to almost 25 cm when shooting at 5x and it is a bit heavy, so get a sturdy tripod. DOF is very easy to control, and image quality is very high. Optionally one or two external flashes for better light control.” – by Bjarke Vangsgaard

Professional choice for super micro photography | Rating: ★★★★★
“For 1:1 repro ratio, I usually prefer the legendary Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR along with the R1C1 kit and SU-800 since it’s a lot easier to setup and to shoot (VR and Nikon TTL are amazing), but when I need more than 1X ratio, Canon MP-E 65mm is the way to go. The build quality of this lens is just as good as gold rim Nikon lenses, and the sharpness just as equal as Canon L-lenses and gold rim Nikon lenses.” – by Bearie Luv Amazon

Canon MP-E 65mm is a macro photographer’s joy ride! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I finally got this lens, and they are simply amazing! Their physical size is somewhat deceptive when they are at 1x, because once you zoom in, the lens are really long. A filter to protect the lens because of the narrow space between the front of the lens and the subjects, to avoid scratching it. (58mm). A macro ring flash or external (potent) light.” – by Alejandro Ramirez

Whole new world | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was lying in the grass, looking through my camera at 3x magnification, focusing on some moss. When an ant ran past, I felt like I was on safari. It really is an experience using this lens. The first time I looked into a flower through it and saw individual grains of pollen, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. If you’re inspired by nature and new perspectives, this lens is your window to a new world.” – by leh

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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

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


* 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

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.

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


Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 65mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 18° 40′
Focus Adjustment: Manual
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.24m / 0.8 ft. (from film plane to subject)
Filter Size: 58mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.2″ x 3.9″, 25.8 oz. / 81.0 x 98.0mm, 730g (lens only)

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