Canon has killed off its legendary MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens

Nov 25, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon has killed off its legendary MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens

Nov 25, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This is a day that many will mourn. While the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro is by far the more popular lens, the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro is certainly the more unique and more revered amongst many macro photographers. Offering up to 5x magnification, it certainly stood out amongst the others on the market – for any camera system. Well now, it appears that Canon has finally discontinued it, accordin to the Canon Japan website.

Unlike the 100mm f/2.8 macro, though, it looks like there may not be an RF Mount replacement for this one. There have been no announcements or hints from Canon, nor even any rumours. It was added to the Canon EF lens lineup in 1999 and I’ve had a play with one myself over the years. Even today, there is nothing else out there that really replaces it, with most “extreme” macro lenses topping out at 2x.

The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x macro lens is still currently listed as available at some retailers including Amazon (who say there are only two left) and B&H. I expect that once stocks disappear, though, they likely won’t be getting replenished. Hopefully, Laowa will step up to the plate now and give us a modern day equivalent with 5x capability – after all, macro is kinda their thing – although I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

I think if it had ever been in Laowa’s pipeline, we’d have seen it by now. And even if they do release one, it will likely be for mirrorless cameras, so you’d have to buy one for your specific mount. Yes, the Canon one has a specific mount, too, but Canon EF can be adapted to fit pretty much every mirrorless system available today with inexpensive adapters.

The demise of the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x macro was inevitable. With the death of Canon’s EF mount, it was only a matter of time, but it’s still a shame to see it go, particularly without a more modern replacement on the horizon!

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Canon has killed off its legendary MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens”

  1. Spiderr Avatar
    Spiderr

    This lens is a bit of a dinosaur now. Laowa offers more versitle lenses at a fraction of the price.

    I remember the days of trying to get to >1X and how much of a setup that required. Maybe one of my kids in 30 or 40 years will buy this as a vintage lens.

  2. John South Chai Avatar
    John South Chai

    i think there’s a 5X macro lens from laowa?