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Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro

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The Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro

A unique specialty lens only for macro shooting, the MP-E can magnify an object up to 5x, which would fill a 35mm frame with a grain of rice. This is a specialty lens that is best used by experienced macro shooters. A focusing rail and macro flash are good ideas when using this lens. If you do not have a macro flash, we strongly recommend the MT-24EX flash.

Now, a little bit of math to keep things in perspective. The resolving power of the MP-E is limited by the size of the pixels on your sensor at most aperture and focus-distance combinations. Since typical pixels are 5-10 µm square and the MP-E can give up to 5x magnification, this means it is capable of picking out features only a few micrometers across. For comparison, human hair varies in thickness from 17-180 µm--crazy.

Roger's Take

This is arguably the most powerful tool in macro photography. It’s used for everything from classic macro work to photographing industrial microscopic images like circuit boards. But beware: this is not a lens you rent for the weekend to take your first macro shots with. You will need a focusing rail, a tripod, some macro lights or a very good light source, and a lot of patience to get those kinds of images. With the proper tools, this lens is beyond spectacular. Without them, it’s a medium-sized paperweight.

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