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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens Sample Photos

Marketed: 1987
Lens Mount: EF
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André Rivard12-Jun-2016 03:59
I remain a fan of the economical, close focus Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro. Better resolution and more useful than either of the old Canon 50mm f1.8 or the f1.4.
Guest 06-Sep-2008 22:16
This lens is very sharp and well built. Not like 50mm f/1.8 II, this one has stainless steel metal mount. You can do macro, portrait, and low light work with this lens. The focus is nosiy and slow compared with Canon's USM and Nikon AFS, but the same level as Nikon and Pentax old body-drive AF. Considering the $200 price tag, it is a good deal.
Guest 17-May-2007 03:04
This is a very sharp lens, though a bit slow & noisy to focus since it lacks USM and has such a long focusing length. Somewhat slower than the f/1.8, but built like a tank by comparison. If you need a general macro, it's great for flowers, butterflies and larger insects. But for insect specific use, it's not the lens to get. The additional life size adapter is as expensive as the lens, and doesn't allow infinity focusing. But it can be used with a high quality 1.4X teleconverter instead, although both cost some loss of sharpness. The advantage of the 1.4X is not having to remove it if going between shooting butterflies, and smaller insects. With the 1:1 mounted focus distance doesn't allow getting all of it's wings in the shot, making removing/installing constantly necessary. If shooting full frame, I'd highly suggest the EF100mm f/2.8 macro USM, or the 100mm or 60mm EF-S if you intend staying with bodies with crop factor. If macro ability isn't important, then the EF 50mm 1.4 USM would be a better choice for it's speed & build. I own the 50, 100, and MP-E 65mm 1.5X lens, so it's from personal use I base this opinion. Hope it helps.
Guest 21-Apr-2006 17:33
Anyone have any opinions of how this lens stacks up to the 50mm f/1.8 III?? I just bought this and am thinking of selling the 1.8.

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