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 new Macro Twin Lite, it eliminates the need for awkward bellows accessories for many macro shooters. A floating system preserves optical quality at different focusing distances, and features a UD-glass element.
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!
April 26, 2013
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.
April 25, 2013
totally brilliant! !!
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
April 18, 2012
Great niche lens
This lens requires some skill, but it can get results that no other DSLR lens can. I have both this and the 100mm f2.8L macro. The 100mm is arguably a better lens for 'regular' macro, but this one can get incredible magnification. It opens up a whole new world.
Here's an idea of scale: I shot the side of a blade of grass at a 45 degree angle (5x, tripod, sunlight, no flash). It more than filled the frame. Only a small ribbon is in focus, and there's a really nice blur in the background and foreground.
If you love macro and you're willing to put in the work, get this lens. If you want an easy lens to walk around with, get the 100mm f2.8L.
March 7, 2012