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When did you decide you were ready for the beast?

 
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Jun 03, 2013 10:51 |  #1

I love my old Tamron. I get some weird satisfaction using such an old lens. I always figured someday I would move to the MPE-65, but I wanted to be dead set sure that macro was something I would keep on enjoying. I don't really have any inhibitions about the focusing because all I do is set my Tamron to 1:1 and move my body anyway, so I feel like I'm set on that front.

When did you feel as if you had to have it? I get frustrated I can't get past 1:1 sometimes, so that's why I want it. But I'm not sure if my abilities are advanced enough to allow it.

So what made you take the leap?

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Jun 03, 2013 12:50 |  #2

Hi Tyler,

I took the leap when I was sure I wanted to have the ability to obtain more detail on smaller subjects. If you love macro and want to keep upgrading, the mp-e 65 is definitely the cream of the crop. Ever since I got it a few years ago I've hardly used my 100 macro for insect shots. It's still a great lens, but I'm a sucker for getting up close and personal with my subjects. I found myself wanting to get closer and even with 3 extension tubes it wasn't close to enough.

I know it's a big expense, but in my mind it's been completely worth it. You could mount your Yongnuo on a bracket and diffuse it with a mini softbox as a start for your mp-e. If you have the funding, time, and patience.... go for it!

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Jun 03, 2013 22:08 as a reply to  @ agiaco's post |  #3

You should rent one! I've been thinking abt it


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Jun 05, 2013 00:46 |  #4

I decided I needed more than 1:1 after about 6 months of macro, I first bought a set of Auto tubes which allowed me to get to 2:1 and then started reversing an old 50mm pentax lens on the front of my macro lens for 3:1 or 4:1 with the tubes. Used all this for about 6 months before deciding to get an MPE-65 almost purely for the convenience.
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Jun 05, 2013 01:17 |  #5

My progression was pretty quick. I saw pictures on POTN, loved the macro thing.
I went from a stock lens and a 75-300 at the start of July 2011 to cheap tubes and then a bolt on lens to the Tamron 90, and then an MP-E came up on Ebay. All within a month. By 2nd of October I had all the lens I would need.

Why? probably because Brian had an MP-E and he seemed to take good pictures.

There was a point at which I thought I may have made a mistake, but I am now able to take a picture and get things in focus once in a while, so the move was well worth it.


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Jun 05, 2013 07:57 |  #6

Ok, thanks everyone. Looks like its time to start looking for a deal ;)


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Jun 05, 2013 07:58 |  #7

And Bas, you are Lord of the Flies!


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Jun 05, 2013 12:43 |  #8

Scheduled it in right at the start, but it was about a year before I could get funds for it and the twin flash.

I used the 100mm until then and still use it a great deal today.


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Jun 05, 2013 14:09 |  #9

Tiller wrote in post #16001616 (external link)
And Bas, you are Lord of the Flies!

LOL. On a serious note I cannot say how happy I am with the MP-E/MT-24 and 5DMKII setup.

I am producing pictures I really enjoy, and the whole process is wonderful fun. I finally seem to be getting better.

I really am a lucky so and so.

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Jun 13, 2013 08:46 |  #10

I have a canon MP-E65 and MT-24 combination on mybCanon 50D. I had problems at first with the flash, I'm now sure it was user error everything is working fine now. I added a set of diffusers from a guy in England. He makes them.


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Jun 13, 2013 08:56 |  #11

I started with a sony alpha 580, had a 105mm sigma macro, added kenko tubes and raynox 150. I had a sigma ring flash, but with the flash attached at maximum magnification the light was beyond the subject! I ended up hand holding the ring flash...

Once I found out about the mp-e I sold all my sony gear and bought canon :) I've had two mp-e's, just recently sold it again. I love it when I use it, but when I'm not using it I'm thinking the money could go to things that will get more use..




  
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