Today’s my birthday and I’ve had a great day. Lots of cool pressies but the best is undoubtedly the Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 macro lens. I did a few shots just to get the feel of this beastie and I can already tell I’ll have to improve my technique if I’m going to do this lens justice.
The MP-E is phenomenally sharp at 1x and I even managed to get some decent hand-held shots at this magnification. But anything beyond that and a tripod becomes essential. Also, the DOF is tiny, ranging from a maximum of 2.24mm to a minimum of 0.048mm. As you can see, with that kind of working range, any tremble or slight breeze ruins the shot.