Well sports fans, the day has arrived!\n\nI have finally obtained the famous Canon 65mm MP-E Macro lens that I\nhave been coveting for some time. I plan to take lots of cool macro\nshots with this beauty. It's a cool lens. Just resting on the camera\nit looks like any ordinary 65mm lens. But when you rack it out it\nsnaps to attention and looks almost like a long telephoto. The lens is\ncapable of 5x magnification so it is almost a microscope. It goes\nalmost without saying that Nikon has nothing that can even compare to\nthis lens. So sad.\n\nOf course, having all that magnification brings with it some drawbacks.\nThe focusing distance is only a few inches (or less) from the lens.\nThe DOF is almost nil.\nAnd keeping the damn thing steady is going to present quite a\nchallenge, even for steady old me. But I did get a new tripod ring out\nof the deal which I can also use to replace my broken one on the Super\n70-200 f/2.8L. Who Rules?\n\nCanon recommends using the lens with one of their (expensive)\nlens-mounted flashes like the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX or the Macro Twin\nLite MT-24EX, and I can see why. The effective aperture goes to f/16.8\n(at 5x) when the camera reads f/2.8 so there is tremendous light\nfalloff with this lens. I love how they put it in the manual:\n\n"This does not cause exposure problems for normal picture-taking (the\nMP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x lens cannot take normal pictures)."\n\nHey, I love it already!\n\nAlso, at the close focusing distances you need, the lens itself blocks\nmuch of the ambient light. Looks like I'll be using my off-camera shoe\ncord with the 550EX.\n\nHere are a few early samples I took with the lens today.\nThe first is a pic of the letters on the edge of my Compact Flash card.\nYou know how thin these cards are, right? Well the letters in this\npic are about half the thickness of the card.\n[URL]http://www.pbase.com/bret/image/41777969/original[/URL]\n\nThe next two shots are closeups of my computer monitors.\nNote the differing patterns between them (maybe someone else can\nexplain why).\n[URL]http://www.pbase.com/bret/image/41777970[/URL]\n[URL]http://www.pbase.com/bret/image/41777971[/URL]\n\nLook for more Macro Madness from the Mighty MP-E coming soon!