Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Sample Pictures

Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Sample Pictures
Spider 2 Spider 2
A single remote flash placed close to the spider creates dramatic lighting in this picture.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Botanical Tulip Close-up Botanical Tulip Close-up
When your lens can focus close enough to completely fill the frame with the subject, there is no longer a concern about what the background looks like. In this particular composition, I was attempting to make the lines of the tulip curve through the frame.
 
65mm  f/10.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Yellow Rose Super Close-up Yellow Rose Super Close-up
Give me a rose, the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens and a flash and I can get lost for hours. At this super-close focus distance, the DOF (Depth of Field) becomes extremely shallow. I chose to keep the edge of a petal in focus and to allow the rest of the rose to smoothly blur into transitions of color.
 
At this focus distance, even a macro flash results in some shading. Here, I used this shading to my advantage.
 
65mm  f/10.0  1/200s  ISO 100
US Dime at 1x US Dime at 1x
This shot represents the minimum magnification of this lens on a 1.3x body.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
US Dime at 5x US Dime at 5x
This shot represents the maximum magnification of this lens on a 1.3x body.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Tulip Stamen Picture Tulip Stamen Picture
A lens having up to 5x magnification available takes you into another world of compositions. Here, I cut part of a tulip flower away to gain a perspective seldom seen. A macro flash makes lighting in tight spots easy.
 
EXIF information does not tell me what magnification was specifically used for this shot, but 3x is my guess.
 
65mm  f/11.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Grape Hyacinth Close-up Grape Hyacinth Close-up
A super-macro lens allows a new perspective on a common flower - a Grape Hyacinth in this case.
 
65mm  f/14.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Spider Closeup Picture Spider Closeup Picture
This was a patient spider. As it was January, he probably wasn't feeling like moving much.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Partially Opened Botanical Tulip Partially Opened Botanical Tulip
Botanical Tulips are amazingly beautiful. The biggest problem I have with them is that they immediate close when I cut them and bring them into my studio.
 
My studio strobes apparently cause them to open slightly - making them ideal macro subjects. Note the various color transitions within the flower petals. A macro ring flash tends to hide textures in subjects, but the variety of colors in this subject takes over the image.
 
To hold cut flowers in the studio (or anywhere else), I use a water tube commonly found on flowers purchased from a florist. I attach a flexible clamp to this tube for positioning.
 
65mm  f/14.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Table Salt at 1x Magnification Table Salt at 1x Magnification
Your kitchen cabinets contain a huge supply of subjects for a macro lens. Even though the Canon MP-E is capable of up to 5x magnification, any good 1:1 or 1x-capable macro lens lens can make your salt look like this.
 
Lighting for this shot is from a non-modified Canon 580EX II positioned just outside of the frame and remotely fired.
 
The salt was not so pure white - DPP's clone stamp tool was used to remove the brown spots.
 
65mm  f/8.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Macro Ring-Flashed Flower Macro Ring-Flashed Flower
The shadow circling the center of this flower gives away the light source used to capture the photo of it - a macro ring flash.
 
65mm  f/13.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Tulip Stamen Super Macro Picture Tulip Stamen Super Macro Picture
Cut away the side of a tulip flower and get close - SUPER close. The tulip itself provides the brilliantly-colored background.
 
Lighting in tight spaces can be very challenging. In this situation, a macro ring flash is ideal.
 
65mm  f/11.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Table Salt at 3x Magnification Table Salt at 3x Magnification
Going beyond what normal macro lenses can do, the Canon MP-E 65 1-5x here shows what table salt look like at 3x magnifcation. 3x magnification means that the image is rendered 3x life size on the sensor - which means it is huge when displayed on a monitor.
 
As with the 1x salt picture, lighting for this shot is from a non-modified Canon 580EX II positioned just outside of the frame and remotely fired.
 
The salt was not so pure white - DPP's clone stamp tool was used to remove the brown spots.
 
65mm  f/8.0  1/160s  ISO 100
The Color Yellow The Color Yellow
This picture is just one of many available in a common yellow rose - if you have the lens for it of course. Then (men) boost you wife's support of your passion by giving the roses to her.
 
65mm  f/8.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Unraveling Botanical Tulip Unraveling Botanical Tulip
A Botanical Tulip begins unraveling its beautiful packaging. This picture was taken at 1x magnification - at the longest focus distance available on this lens.
 
65mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Spider at 5x Spider at 5x
You didn't know they had so many eyes, did you? Looks like this spider needs a shave! This shot represents the maximum magnification of this lens on a 1.3x body.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 200
Epsom Salt Closeup Picture Epsom Salt Closeup Picture
Epsom Salt is not as cubular as table salt, but it provides unique shapes to light. I used a remote Canon Speedlite that was simply laying on the table beside the salt for the lighting.
 
65mm  f/8.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Epsom Salt at 5x Magnification Epsom Salt at 5x Magnification
A small piece of Epsom Salt appears as large as a bolder when imaged at 5x on a high density APS-C sensor. Tack sharp images are elusive at 5x. Diffraction becomes noticeable at the f/16 aperture setting I used to get adequate depth of field.
 
65mm  f/16.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Finger Tip at 5x Finger Tip at 5x
How smooth do your finger tips feel? They don't look so smooth at 5x!
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Spider Up Close Spider Up Close
My wife hates these. :)
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Epsom Salt 5x Close-Up Epsom Salt 5x Close-Up
A small amount of Epsom Salt can provide perhaps even hours of macro entertainment.
 
65mm  f/11.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Lichens Lichens
Lichens looks like something from another planet at this magnification.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
Spider Picture Spider Picture
Up close, spiders look like a movie monster.
 
65mm  f/16  1/250s  ISO 100
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