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04/16/2007 10:50:12 PM · #1
I've been approached by a client to do some medical equipment photography, really really small stuff that you insert in veins and arteries. I don't think my Canon 100mm 1:1 lens is good enough, I'd like to get even closer... anyone have good lens recommendations?

I'll be working with my Canon 1DsMarkII.


04/16/2007 10:51:51 PM · #2
Originally posted by photojournaliste:

I've been approached by a client to do some medical equipment photography, really really small stuff that you insert in veins and arteries. I don't think my Canon 100mm 1:1 lens is good enough, I'd like to get even closer... anyone have good lens recommendations?

I'll be working with my Canon 1DsMarkII.


Ask the person who submitted the flys mouth in the insects challenge. That is so macro its unbelievable!!

Edit: spelling

Message edited by author 2007-04-16 22:52:10.
04/16/2007 10:55:46 PM · #3
Cheap way out-- Extension tubes for your lens or reverse 50--
A better lens way--
MP-E 65m f/2.8 1-5x
04/16/2007 10:57:01 PM · #4
The Canon mpe-65 is probably what you are looking for.

Oops... just a tad late!

Message edited by author 2007-04-16 22:57:27.
04/16/2007 11:09:38 PM · #5
Wow Thanks for all the quick replies!!!

I'll definitely look into the MPE-65!

Originally posted by buzzrock:

Cheap way out-- Extension tubes for your lens or reverse 50--
A better lens way--
MP-E 65m f/2.8 1-5x


I have a doubler here, but I'm thoroughly unhappy with the sharpness of the images. It's a very important (and big) client so I want this to look the best.
04/23/2007 10:03:02 PM · #6
Be sure to practice with what ever you plan to use, as there will be no time to guess or learn when the cutting begins. Good luck with the deal.
04/23/2007 10:47:59 PM · #7
This might call for using a microscope and a camera adapter.
04/24/2007 08:39:36 AM · #8
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Fun for a challenge, but if you want to go serious, go for the 1-5X.

You might also want to invest in a fairly good quality slider for your tripod mount... things need to be REALLY still when you are that small.

Don't forget to mirror lockup.
05/08/2007 12:07:01 AM · #9
Thanks all for the help. If the client confirms the contract I'll definitely be adding the MP-E to my lens collection!!

Originally posted by eschelar:

You might also want to invest in a fairly good quality slider for your tripod mount... things need to be REALLY still when you are that small.

Don't forget to mirror lockup.


I'm not worried about the tripod at all, we've got German studio tripods in here, each weighing 200kg. Not much can move them once they're set...

However, the mirror lock-up comment is interesting... why is that? Does the mirror actually shake the camera enough to make an effect at that level of micro-photography?
05/10/2007 11:22:09 AM · #10
Originally posted by photojournaliste:

However, the mirror lock-up comment is interesting... why is that? Does the mirror actually shake the camera enough to make an effect at that level of micro-photography?

At that magnification the shake is more pronounced than for normal photography. I would definitely use mirror lock-up and a cable release to take photos.
05/10/2007 11:31:28 AM · #11
I remember reading an entire site just on that lens. A guy gave all the tricks and techniques, etc.

One thing...you'll also want to consider a macro flash as I recall reading it has a very very very shallow DOF wide open. So having good lighting was a must in order to get a deeper DOF.

- Saj
05/10/2007 12:14:25 PM · #12
my understanding is the mp 1-5x macro lens is a tricky one to handle. I would suggest you get a ring flash with it. Make sure you have a nice tripod too :-)
05/14/2007 04:46:32 AM · #13
Thanks for all the comments! Will definitely do the mirror lock-up trick!

As for lighting... well we have some 30, 800watt strobes in studio... I think I'll be ok. :P
05/14/2007 05:55:20 AM · #14
Originally posted by photojournaliste:

Thanks for all the comments! Will definitely do the mirror lock-up trick!

As for lighting... well we have some 30, 800watt strobes in studio... I think I'll be ok. :P


Well a macro ring flash attaches to the end of the lens so there's nothing between it and the subject. If you use regular lighting the lens itself may get in the way of your light coverage since the lens will be real close to the subject.

Message edited by author 2007-05-14 05:56:13.
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