Midway through my recent Ecuador trip an ant photographer’s nightmare came to pass.
My trusty MP-E 1-5x macro, the lens responsible for 95% of my images since 2003, died. The electronics failed with the iris stuck full open, rendering it incapable of providing any depth of field. It became a doorstop, essentially, and there was no easy way to replace such a rare and specialized lens while traveling through a country too small to host a single Canon dealer.
I can’t describe the frustration. (more…)