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

Review Date: Feb 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: THE ultimate macro lens (welcome to the world of 5X magnification and more); 'L' quality build; work perfectly with Canon 1.4x and 2x TCs (the latter increase the magnification)
quite expensive, manual focus, hard to handheld when using high magnifications, specialized flash unit (MR14EX or MT24EX) almost required for handheld use.

I bought this lens to shoot very small insects. It's a very specialized lens and I am absolutely amazed by the results.

Yet, for newcomers in macro photography, a standard 1x magnification lens is perhaps more appropriate.

Highly recommended.

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

Review Date: Feb 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: great compact package, adjustable flash-heads, possible use as a master flash unit
price ...

I bought this flash unit as a necessary accesory for my MPE-65mm macro lens.

The combo of the two is really impresssive (still have to practive both of them handheld).

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II

Review Date: Jan 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great built (water-proof), Image quality
Slight loss of AF speed, Report its presence to the body (which is a problem if you use f5.6 lenses with a non 1 serie body, Price

I am using this extender with the 70-200L IS f2.8 lens. The results are trully spectacular (images are as sharp), especially when stopped down a bit (i.e., f.5.6)

However, the loss of AF speed is an issue if you try to shoot birds in flight.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Dec 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Built quality, AF extremely fast, sharpness, price (for a L)
Not 2.8

Well, I guess that I am not totally objective in this review because I was using the EF-S 18-55 kit lens before.

The pictures are just sharp (not the case with the kit lens) and warm.

However, in low light conditions (e.g., bad weather, poor indoor lighting), this lens shows its limitations (high ISO are quickly required, and the autofocus is also noticeably less precise and fast).

The shift toward the 16-35L is thus an option here ... but the price has to be considered too ...

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp pictures - Fast AF - Build quality is astonishing (looks like some kind of NASA stuff) - IS works pretty well - works well with the 1.4 extender
Weight (especially with the extender mounted) - Price

Quite expensive beast but you have what you paid for.

I highly recommend this lens.