Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings
Last floral Friday I was testing a new macro lens, the Canon MP-E 65 mm. I had learned several thing about using this lens, including the use of macro rails, and what constitutes a good setup for success with this lens.
The other option I was considering was based on a piece I read by Markus Jais regarding using a 1.4 extender coupled with a 25mm extension tube. So, with the 65mm being returned on Monday, I awaited the arrival of the extender and extension tube on Wednesday. When it finally arrived, I assembled all the pieces with my 100mm macro, and anxiously pointed at the bouquet of flowers on my table. Depressing the shutter did not result in a photo, but a message: There is an error occurring between lens and camera. Please remove lens and clean mirror.
HUH? So we tried it with the other two Canons in the house. Didn’t work with them either. Bummer. But looking on the bright side, I wouldn’t have known this without trying, so I don’t consider this a complete waste, just a disappointment.
In the meantime, here are a few photos that I took with the 65mm before I boxed it up and sent it back.