Since I began this bug photography blog I have been super-impressed by the results of the photographers that use the Canon MP-E 65 mm 1-5X macro lens. Many well-respected macro photographers on the web are using this fantastic lens, which allows for magnifications of 1 to 5 times life-size while maintaining amazing image quality. Unfortunately I discovered this after I became fully immersed in a Nikon system. Having recently returned from a week-long field trip in southern Alberta where I was taking a variety of macro photographs at different magnifications, I was beginning to feel somewhat frustrated…every change in subject size required me to add-on or subtract extension tubes, tele-extenders and reverse-mounted lenses. Not an efficient system, and not always providing top-notch results for the effort involved. The constant mounting and dismounting of lenses also increases the chances of moving dust into the camera – creating conditions on the sensor that requires risky cleaning and/or the tedious digital removal of the dust particles that show on the image.
I have always looked at camera systems with the approach that it should either be Olympus or Canon or Nikon. But why not invest in multiple systems? Why not use those aspects of a system that are most suitable for the type of photography we do? The cost aspect is a big deterrent. Can I afford to invest in another system?
All things considered, can I afford not to? I could continue to use my Nikon system for all other photography and for close-ups up to 1x magnification, and then use a Canon system for all the true macro work. I have been saving to obtain a DSLR with a full size sensor, but should I instead consider using the money for a dedicated Canon macro system?
Consider a basic Canon macro kit…
- A new or used Canon DSLR body (the new 18 MP Canon Eos 550 D ( Rebel T2i) is getting rave reviews, and at a respectable cost).
- A new or used Canon MP-E 65 mm 1-5X macro lens
- Canon MT-24EX, Macro Twin Lite Flash Unit
- Canon right-angle viewfinder
There are pros and cons to using a two system approach…any comments or suggestions? Are there alternatives I haven’t considered?
All comments or thoughts on this issue are welcome…