I'm always grateful when I have a chance to test drive a big-ticket item before buying it. When the best lenses generally run over $1,000, it's nice to see how they perform before laying down the money.
Luckily, our local pro photo store rents a full line of Nikon and Canon lenses so I was able to give Canon's MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x Macro a spin last weekend.
Before renting it, I read that this 1-5x Variable lens could fill a frame with a single grain of rice. When I picked the lens up from the shop, the guy told me it can photograph grains of salt. Could it possibly be true?
The next thing I decided to work on was a dead bumblebee that met it's untimely demise in the garage window. Why there is a window in the garage is beyond me. When the garage door is open, bugs fly in and then they get drawn to the window and can't figure out how to get back out. It's like those mirrors in the fun houses. Sometimes, that's the end for them, as it was this bumblebee. It appears in the last image that it mixed in with some other dead insects from the window which were actually so small I didn't even see them with a naked eye.
I worked on a few other items before returning the lens and will show those next week. Overall, I really enjoyed working on such a small level and looking at the world from a new perspective. It is much different than my usual big picture, wide angle landscape and architecture work!
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