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

Review Date: May 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: If you're into true macro photography, then this is the lens that will do it. Great build, tripod collar
It will take you a while and a lot of practice to learn to use it well. It requires a lot of light at higher magnifications.

As long as you realize that this is a dedicated macro lens and that's what you want it for, I predict you will love it. You must realize that will not happen the day you take it out of the box. It requires the patience and practice to learn how to use it properly. You will find that focusing and lighting will initially be difficult until you get the hang of it. It requires a great deal of light at higher magnifications so if you're using 5x and f/16 to try to increase your DOF, you'll need a lot of light just to see the item in the viewfinder and get your focus right.

When doing tripod work, a macro focusing rail comes in very handy. Since this lens is manual focus it requires that you move the lens to achieve focus. Without a focusing rail, it becomes more difficult moving the tripod and keeping your subject in the frame.

All this being said, once you take the time to learn to use it, you will be amazed by the image quality you can achieve!