Review of the Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x f2.8 Macro Lens has begun

Yesterday I received a Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x Macro lens for review. This is an unusual lens, in that it focuses from 1x magnification to 5x magnification to a full frame sensor.

This is a manual focus lens that does not focus to infinity. It is exclusively for macro.


To start the testing process I grabbed some samples from our rock and crystal collection and started shooting. The results are in the gallery below. You’ll see more of these as testing continues and then read the full review once I am finished.

Infrared on the Land, IR Photography of the Rural Landscape

Over the last month I’ve been doing a lot of photography out in the country. Some of this has been of wild areas but much of it has been  the rural farm country. I shot with my converted for infrared Canon 350D digital camera, mostly with either my Canon 100-400mm L series lens or with a Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 lens I have on loan for review. Continue reading “Infrared on the Land, IR Photography of the Rural Landscape”

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

An extended range Zoom Lens with Hybrid Optical Stabilization and Hyper-Sonic Motor
Sigma lens
Sigma’s newest innovation is in the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM 13.8:1 extended range zoom lens.  The Hybrid Optical Stabilizer, an anti-shake system providing image stabilization in both the camera body and viewfinder for Pentax, and Sony is offered only by Sigma.  This feature is significant as this system now allows the Sony and Pentax photographer to see the stabilized image in the viewfinder where in the past this was not possible.  Sigma’s Marketing Manager, Tom Sobey, emphasizes, “This is the world’s first optically stabilized lens available for Sony and Pentax digital cameras. It will allow them to do what they have never been able to do before.  It’s truly innovative.”  The DC lens is a dedicated digital SLR camera lens suited for APS-C format, and HSM (Hypersonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full time manual focusing capability.  Four Special Low Dispersion glass elements and three Aspherical lens elements provide excellent image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Continue reading “Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM”