Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Manual Focus Telephoto Lens - USA

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About Canon 65mm F/2.8

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A unique manual-focus lens designed exclusively for macro shooting, between life-size (1x) and 5x life-size - at its maximum magnification, you can fill a 35mm frame with a grain of rice. Compatible with the Macro Ring Lites and Macro Twin Lite, it eliminates the need for awkward bellows accessories for many macro shooters. The optical system uses a floating system to preserve optical quality at different focusing distances, and features a UD-glass element.

The Canon 65mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Macro photography and more.The Canon 65mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 65mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 65mm F/2.8: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (16),Durable (9),Superior build quality (8),Super-sharp images (8),Easily interchangeable (7),Rugged (6),Consistent output (5),Lightweight (5),Sharp (3),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)
Heavy (4),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (11),Fun (3),Great macro pictures (3),Special effects (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Canon 65mm F/2.8 Specifications

8 groups /10 elements
Angle of view
18° 40'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.24m / 0.8 ft. (from film plane to subject)
Maximum Magnification
1:1 to 5:1
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.2" x 3.9" / 81.0 x 98.0mm
25.8 oz. / 730g (lens only)
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Canon 65mm F/2.8 Reviews

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(based on 36 reviews)


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This is an amazing lens, which opens up a whole new world of imaging possibilities. The quality and materials are top-grade. The magnification is almost beyond belief; you can actually take portraits of snowflakes with this lens. the 1 to 5x zoom gives a good amount of flexibility in how much magnification to use, however, it doesn't focus to infinity... it's strictly for super close-up macro work. If this is what you want, there's no better lens out there for your Canon!

Reviewed by 36 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not Difficult to Use


from Gambrills, Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

You may have read that this lens is difficult to use. It is not. You must read about this lens before you buy it, however. It has only one purpose, the making of extreme close-up photomacrographs. You will not photograph the kids' birthday parties with this lens. This lens has no focusing mechanism. Mount the lens and camera apparatus on a precision focusing rail—manual or computer-controlled—select a magnification level, and, using the focusing rail, move the entire camera-lens apparatus forward and backward to focus on different parts of your subject, as depth-of-field is very shallow. Use software to align and stack your photos into a finished product.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


This is a special purpose lens


from Springfield, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a well built special purpose macro lens with manual focus. It can only focus on very close, flat objects. This lens rewards patience with excellent sharp magnified photos. I only use this lens with a tripod, and a rack focusing rail, and generally have to use live-view to get the focus just right. Many times. I need to add artificial light because the lens is so close to the subject that little ambient light can get in. There is a bit of a learning curve to this lens, but the results can be spectacular, and with some imagination can give photos a very unique look. Some obvious applications for this wonderful lens might be photographing small flat objects like coins, snowflakes and salt crystals. With subjects that aren't flat, like insects and flowers, I need to rely on techniques like focus stacking.


A very specilized lens, superb optics.


from Lafayette, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is about as convenient as you will find for closeup, 1x to 5x photos. A tripod and dual plane focusing rail are must accessories for consistent results. There is no focusing ring on this lens. The ring rotates to change the magnification by extending the lens and shifting internal elements. You must move the rig to achieve a sharp image, which is the most accurate way to focus at one to one and greater magnifications. The only con I find is when I rotate my 5d MkII 90 degrees the grip intersects the mounting ring. The work around of course is to rotate the grip to an up position.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Really fun lens


from Alto, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

So far I have been experimenting with this lens and have had some good results. It is very difficult to hold yourself still so a tripod is definitely recommended. I am hoping to branch out and start using some of the non auto functions on my camera with this lens...still learning!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great for bugs.


from Chicago, Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been using it with the macro twin flash to photograph spiders and insects. The lens is easy to use and sharp. The only problem is that Canon put the wrong instruction sheet with the lens. (They gave me instructions for a tilt/shift lens).

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)




from Oklahoma City, OK  -  Photo Enthusiast

By far my favorite lens! A flash is almost essential, even in direct sunlight it helps greatly! I have a tripod, but with bright enough light it is possible to handhold this at 1-2x, but 5x is just insane. The depth of field really takes some adpating but my preference would be to use this manual lens as opposed to an auto focus, be it that I am patient enough to spend plenty of time laying down prone to the ground for that one perfect photo. With that said, the con's listed are to be expected and this has been one of the best purchases for my Canon SLR. I knew the issues coming into it though, so no surprise, just great photos that never cease to stun.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Really fun!


from Mexico City

This is a superb lens if you are a macro/micro photography enthusiast. It is kind of tricky to focus since, well, you can not focus with the lens. You need to move the camera in order to get the right picture. It is definitively not for everybody, this is only if you like this type of abstract photography and, since it is not cheap, you may want to rent it first. In my case, I can not be happier it is really fun to use and so far no need of a tripod to take awesome pics. I paired with the macro ring lite and I can't drop it!


Amazing lens


from PA

If you love macro photography, this lens takes it to another level. There is an initial learning curve with it, but once mastered it truely opens the door to insane macro ability. Lighting has been an issue, at the 5x magnification, due to the shallow distance from the object. I have been experimenting with light painting as a means of highlighting areas with good results. Live view, tripod, shutter release are highly recommened. A great lens to own.

(10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


totally brilliant! !!


from uk

well,read about the lens and thought thats the one to get, loving macro, its a wowwy! !! i use tripods usually and remote too brilliant !! also recently i tried the 1.4 extender on it. now it stays on the lens, even better superb, inside flowers once setup is brilliant its just like havin a microscope on the end of your camera !!!!!! ill give live view a try too: shud be even better : 5 times +the extender give it a try you wont be dissapointed ?? love it to death : A.L

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Lens


from Memphis, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is a bit of a one-trick pony: it does macro and micro photography (meaning that it only shoots at 1:1 - 5:1 ratios). That hasn't stopped me from having a great time with it. The sharpness is incredible, and while there is a bit of a learning curve, this is THE lens for people who are really, really into shooting macro images.


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Steven L  What is the minimum and maximum distances at the various magnifications?
BOB T  Measured from the subject to the front of the lens... 1X 4 inches. 2X 2.5 inches 3X 2 inches 4X 1.7 inches 5X 1.6 inches. This information is marked on the barrel of the lens.
Mike N  Does anyone make an adaptor which allows one to use this lens on a Nikon DSLR like the D700 or D300?
DAVID A. S  I have no idea. Why aren't you using a Canon camera anyway?! This awesome lens is just one of many reasons why you should be shooting Canon. You could always find another lens with good optics--like a Nikon enlarging lens--and reverse mount it on a bellows to get the same kind of effect.
Shopper  I am considering buying this lens: I already own the Canon ring flash (Canon MR-14EX}. Does anyone have any experience using this combination? My concern is that the proximity of the flash to the lens, as opposed to the twin lite, will override the ETTL feature. Thanks!
DAVE S  I own this lens with the mr-14. Lookup dlstephenson on Facebook and see some examples. Let me know what you think.
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