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The folks at LensVid reviewed a very unique lens, the Nanoha x5 super macro lens with a 5:1 magnification.
The review is also an excellent introduction to super macro photography. It’s a long article with many samples, very well done. The (hand-made) Nanoha x5 is available for the Canon EOS M mount, and sells for $499 (B&H Photo | Adorama). A super-specialised studio lens that will not break your bank.
From LensVid’s conclusion:
During our time with the lens the Nanoha functioned exceptionally well. The build quality was very good, its small and relatively light and its optical quality was very good even at a closed aperture […]
Like more or less any lens, the Nanoha has some drawbacks as well. The most obvious one is its short working distance. If we measure from the front of the plastic element (where the LEDs are located) you get only about 5 mm to your subject. We definitely believe that this distance should be increased (4-5 cm is much more sensible). A second drawback, although arguably less important, has to do with the range of the macro magnification. While the Canon MP-E 65mm goes from 1:1 up to 5:1, the Nanoha 5X can only do 4:1 up to 5:1 […]
To sum things up, the Nanoha 5X is a pretty unique lens with a very specific target audience. If you already have some experience with super macro, reversed lenses, extension tubes etc. and anything beyond 1:1 macro magnification and you are using (or considering) going mirrorless, the Nanoha will be a useful high quality option with a price tag that will not break the bank […]
Be sure to check the many sample pics that come with the review. If you own a Canon EOS M and would like to explore super macro photography, then this is the lens for you.[via LensVid]