Focusing the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

Article ID: ART174516 | Date published: 05/24/2019 | Date last updated: 05/24/2019


Focusing the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo



To focus, turn the focusing ring on the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x lens (AF is not possible). You can focus in two ways, either by setting the magnification first or by framing the subject first.
Since macro shots have a very shallow depth of field, focus carefully to obtain proper sharpness.
The magnification refers to the ratio between the subject's size and the corresponding image size on the focal plane. The available magnifications are marked on the lens barrel.

Setting the Magnification First

Set the magnification.
Turn the focusing ring to the desired magnification marked on the lens barrel.
Focus the subject roughly.
While looking through viewfinder, move the camera forward or back to find the proper focus.
Focus the subject finely.
Turn the focusing ring for fine focusing of the subject.

Framing the Subject First

While looking through the viewfinder to frame and focus, turn the focusing ring. After framing the subject, follow steps 2 and 3 above.
  • With the lens attached to the camera, the in-focus indicator in the viewfinder will not display properly. When focusing, do not rely on the in-focus indicator.
  • with high-magnification macro shots, the working distance (distance between the front of the lens and the subject) becomes very short. Be careful not to bump into the subject.
  • To prevent camera shake, use a tripod and the Remote Switch (sold separately).
  • For magnification-priority macro photography, a focusing rail (commercially available) will make focusing easier.
  • With high-magnification shots, the viewfinder image will darken, making it difficult to focus. Using Angle Finder C (sold separately) will make it easier to focus.
  • To check the depth of field, refer to the Depth-of-field Table or use the camera's depth-of-field preview.

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