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

Here's our review of the powerful Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Photo

Canon’s all-manual 65mm is a 1-5x prime. This means that the magnification is 5x that of any other lens in test. In reality it’s almost impossible to use handheld at its minimum focusing distance, as the depth-of-field is so incredibly shallow and, being so close to the subject, the lens obstructs light. This makes it best suited to tripod use, and there’s a sturdy collar for a more balanced setup. 

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

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

Canon's MP-E 65mm stops down to f/16

With a 24cm minimum focusing distance (from the sensor, not the end of the lens) you can actually get to near-microscopic levels of detail. The aperture is f/2.8 at its widest, stopping down to f/16, which means it doesn’t have the aperture range of some other lenses here. Although completely unique, it’s definitely not the most mobile either, weighing a rather cumbersome 710g. 

Thanks to its UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element to combat chromatic aberration and Super Spectra lens coating to suppress flare and ghosting, any optical imperfections are extremely minimal. 

Pros 

Unique 5x magnification
Superb optical performance
Solid construction 

Cons

Hard to use
Blocks light
Expensive

Spec

  • Minimum aperture: f/16 
  • Elements: 10/8
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 24cm
  • DxH: 81x98mm
  • Weight: 710g
  • Find out more on the Canon website