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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens
  • 0.5x Maximum Magnification Macro Focus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5-32
  • Floating Optical System
  • Distance and Depth of Field Scales
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.1"
  • 6-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Optional Converter for 1:1 Macro
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 52mm
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This EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens from Canon is a lightweight and compact 50mm macro lens for general-purpose standard focal length shooting and for close-up 1:2 half life size macro photography. A floating optical system enables sharp delineation at all focusing distances. With a large f/2.5 maximum aperture, the lens is effective in low light and provides shallow depth offield and its truly circular 6-blade diaphragm offers beautiful background blur. An optional Life Size Converter EF enables focusing to a true macro 1:1 reproduction ratio.

A 50mm macro lens for general-purpose standard focal length shooting and close-up 1:2 half life size macro photography.
Floating Optical System for sharp imaging.
Metal Filter Thread
Compatible Life Size Converter EF enables focusing to a true macro 1:1 reproduction ratio.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 46°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.06" (23.01 cm)
Magnification 0.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.5" (6.86 x 6.35 cm)
Weight 9.88 oz (280 g)
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
  • E-52 52mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 236 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (127)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (97)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (166)
    • Consistent output (128)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (117)
    • Easily interchangeable (115)
    • Durable (81)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (68)
    • Poor in low light (16)
    • Weak casing (10)
    • Difficult to clean (7)
    • Blurry focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (170)
    • Low light (63)
    • Landscape/scenery (43)
    • Weddings (43)
    • Wildlife photos (27)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (66), Semi-pro photographer (53), Pro photographer (38), Casual photographer (33), Enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (144), Yes (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing Lens with Amazing Results

    I bought this mostly to use as a 50mm prime. I mostly use zoom lenses because of their more variable range and it has been cheaper to get zooms then replace tons of primes...Read complete review

    I bought this mostly to use as a 50mm prime. I mostly use zoom lenses because of their more variable range and it has been cheaper to get zooms then replace tons of primes since I have gone from film to digital. I wanted to get a 50mm prime but I wanted something more rugged and better quality then the 50mm (nifty fifty) lens. I also didn't want to spend an arm and a leg for another 'L' glass so I went with this. The quality is wonderful. It is not an 'L' glass but it still feels nice. It is a good weight and is a fun lens to use. Unlike zooms, with a prime you need to be more creative with your framing and you need to actually move around to find a nice shot. The macro is not true 1:1 macro but I am a landscape shooter so this is not a big deal. I have had some fun playing around with the 'macro' feature and the photos it can produce have been amazing. With a set of extension tubes you can get even closer to the subject. There is a 1:1 converter you can use but this is a waste in my opinion because you will lose light and the cost of the lens and adapter combined is almost the same cost of the 100mm 1:1 macro from canon. So if you want a true 1:1 macro with a better auto focus then go with that. But for my purpose of wanting a 50mm prime and something to take close up photos this was a good investment.

    The autofocus is noisy but who uses autofocus when doing macro? The manual focus ring feels sturdy but not as smooth as an 'L' lens. There is a little play with the manual focus ring, allowing you to wiggle it a little but i suspect if you treat your equipment right (I baby mine) this should not be a problem.

    All in all, this is a good quality lens and I have been able to get professional quality results with mine in the short time I have owned it. I shot a sunset the other day with this and was able to get tack sharp detail on the contrast edges of black and red between sky and a grain silo. The individual struts holding a grain elevator up were nearly tack sharp and this was without the use of a tripod or monopod at f8... and the silo was over 3/4 of a mile away. So this lens packs a lot of punch for the price. For closeup work, bokeh is pretty good and although I don't shoot portraiture, I would imagine this lens would work well with these too.

    Only negatives I have found are that the lens does have some rather bad chromatic aberration wide open on high contrast areas (like dark leaves and a bright sky). Of course this can easily be corrected in photoshop as long as the area it occurs is not the main focal point of your photo but this was a little disappointing, however I already knew about this issue before buying. This can be a problem with the landscapes I shoot but as long as I keep this problem in the back of my mind, I can either switch lenses or change my position so this is kept to a minimum. Unlike 'L' glass, this does not come with a lens hood but you do not need it. If you are like me and keep a UV on your lenses to protect your investment, just take it off for a few minutes when shooting in high sunlight and the recessed front element will be shaded by the 'built in' lens hood.

    Overall I am very happy. This is a middle of the line lens - A step up from the nifty fifty and a step down from the 'L'.

    VS

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    okay

    Difficult to get the focus. Auto focus too noisy.

    Difficult to get the focus. Auto focus too noisy.

    Reviewed by 236 customers

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    4.0

    Grate

    By B

    from CA

    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

    This Leans is compact and lightweight great focus, very sharp, Seems a little too Fragile but all in all a great lengths

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    5.0

    Nice and Compact

    By Kevin

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

      I love this lens because its short and compact. Theres no image stabilization, but for me IS is only needed when going less than a 1:2 lifesize ratio. I can tell no difference in picture quality between this lens and the 100mm macro L lens at 1:2 lifesize ratio. However, the 1/1 ratio is a must for me, which this lens cannot provide without extension tubes. This lens with extension tubes is not a good substitute for achieving a 1:1 ratio without paying for the 100mm macro L lens. If you want to shoot at a 1:1 ratio handheld, pay for the 100mm macro L lens and you can shoot without getting blurry photos.

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      4.0

      Great balance of cost and performance

      By Still Life Enthusiast

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Low Cost
      • Very good Image Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Still Life

        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

        I bought this lens for use in my still life studio, intending to use it for subjects that fit within an area of between 2 and 5 square inches. I've been using an older Canon 100mm macro lens that has given excellent results. I would have continued to use it but discovered that I needed my camera to be closer to some subjects to take advantage of useful features of my macro ring flash. Performance of my 50mm macro lens is on a par with my 100mm macro lens, both are excellent. I discovered a minor problem with the 50mm lens in that it produces a small amount of chromatic aberration, especially in the edges of images. However, this can easily be removed using Photoshop. As an added benefit this lens also performs well in non macro settings.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great addition

        By Julio

        from Forest Hills, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

            This lens has been a great addition to the lens collection. The close-up images were close and sharp with high definition.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            its good for jewelry photography

            By minesh

            from NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • NOTHING

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

            i am jewelry photography,,i love this lens i used with canon 60d,,its very sharp for jewelry photography

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Lens!

            By AdirondackSquirrel

            from The Adirondacks, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

              I bought this lens to specifically shoot food photography and I couldn't be happier! Fantastic sharpness with lots of pretty bokeh. Took it for a spin outside for some landscapes and was impressed there too! This lens is versatile and perfect for my needs!

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              5.0

              Great lens that won't break the bank!

              By Katie J

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                  For the cost, this lens is great. I was looking for a "details" lens as I begin to focus more on wedding photography. This lens helps be get the detailed shots I need!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Lhsmultimedia

                  from Ohio

                  Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                  Great lens for the price. Good for shooting 50mm and macro photography on a budget.

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                  4.0

                  a good lens

                  By Giovanni Alvarado

                  from Villalba, PR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    Im a macro photographer and for it price is one of my favorite lens the only downfall on it is the sound on autofocus

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                    3.0

                    Save your money and buy a 100mm macro.

                    By MacRow

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Sharp Great Color

                    Cons

                    • Not True Macro

                    Best Uses

                    • Something Other Than Maco

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    After reading all the positive reviews for this lens I couldn't wait to try it. I mainly wanted it for insect and plant macros. The macro capabilities of this lens were underwhelming. Side by side, my 18-55 kit lens produced equal quality macros. It did do well for portraits, however. Very nice color and sharp. My expectations may have been too high, but I wasn't going to pay for a new lens that was nearly the same as my kit. I returned this lens and purchased a 100mm macro and now I am happy.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great but a little delicate

                    By Adela

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    I appreciate the lightness of this lens, the optics are great. It seems a little delicate though, because of the lightness.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great lens and good service

                    By MEHaux

                    from Petoskey, MI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Weak construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    This is a great macro lens. Seems a little flimsy compared to my other Canon lenses but it gets the job done. I love it paired with a ring flash. Works well to get a glamorous look while shooting people and portraits and evenly lights subjects of macro work.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Affordable Macro

                    By Dapper

                    from Culpeper, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    Great for stationary closeups and inanimate shots. I use for detail shots at weddings.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Image Quality - Poor Build Quality

                    By LandL

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                    I purchased this lens for its great image quality and compact size. I meets or exceeds my expectations in both areas. My only complaint is the build quality. This lens is made with cheap fealing plastc and the focus ring is very poorly damped.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens for first timers.

                    By Jack McAward Images

                    from Cave Creek, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                      Purchased this lens for a student that wanted an entry lens for macro-photography. She has been using it exclusively for about a week and she is getting some great shots.

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Good Lens- Excellent Price

                      By Mistaketz

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                        Lighter, not as ruggedly built or as tight a construction, but a great value for macro photography where 50mm is ideal. Great lens to have if and when needed. No lens shade is included- and I can live with that- but it would have been nice.

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                        5.0

                        perfect lens for my canon 6D

                        By pete jr

                        from chula vista , CA(san diego)

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                          perfect for inside buildings like catedrals, museums, castels, great lens canon 50mm f/2.5

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                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Detail Lens for Weddings

                          By Rachel Red Photography

                          from Boston MA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                            I've had great success with this lens so far, especially for ring shots at weddings. It's accurate and tack sharp when used correctly and at a quarter of the price of the 100mm macro it's quite the bargain.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love it with the Life-size adapter

                            By LGC Photo

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                              Used with the separate life-size adapter for macro photography and love it. Very crisp lens, plus comes in handy as a low-light standard.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very Happy

                              By TomF

                              from Manalapan NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens:

                                I bought this lens along with the life size converter for use on my full-frame 6D. It's extremely sharp and I am very happy with the output. I was not very happy with the sharpness of my old Canon 50mm 1.8. So this new combination gives me a replacement for that as well as a macro, for less than the price of the Canon 100mm macro.

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