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CanonEF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
 
4.5

(based on 232 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (163)
  • Consistent output (126)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (116)
  • Easily interchangeable (115)
  • Durable (80)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (167)
  • Low light (63)
  • Weddings (43)
  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Wildlife photos (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (38), Casual photographer (32), Enthusiast (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (140), 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'.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

okay

Difficult to get the focus. Auto focus too noisy.

Difficult to get the focus. Auto focus too noisy.

Reviewed by 232 customers

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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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        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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          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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          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

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          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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          5.0

          Excellent lens for first timers.

          By Jack McAward Images

          from Cave Creek, AZ

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          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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                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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                  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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                    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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                      4.0

                      AWESOME

                      By B

                      from Athens, GA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        This thing is pretty cool. Like it alot

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great lens!

                        By Kay

                        from Des Moines, IA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        I've mostly used this lens to shoot detailed shots of plants and flowers, but I've also used it to shoot snow as well. As I'm just starting out in photography I can't give the best review, but I don't think there's anything negative that I could say about the lens. I feel as though it's worth the price, and now I want to upgrade to another. :)

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                        5.0

                        overall a nice lens

                        By giomany

                        from San Juan, PR

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          it's a really nice lens very fast not to silence but overall a good lens

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                          5.0

                          The Long Wait Paid Off!!!

                          By Photo Phanatic

                          from Pennsylvania and Maryland

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            A Photographer/Professor introduced me to the fixed focal length lens. I have been interested in one for years but never took the plunge. After careful and lengthy research I finally decided to take the plunge and chose this lens. It combined the 50mm that I found would be most beneficial for my use with the ability of macro which was another lens I had been contemplating for years.

                            This, so far, seems to be a very sturdy, easy to use lens. I haven't been able to use it as much as I had planned since receiving it, due to illness. I managed to dabble a bit here and there when first opening it and managed to get some interesting shots. (sample photos included) I can't wait to get back on my feet and hit the ground running to test this lens further.

                            Overall, I have no complaints and am most pleased with my investment.

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                            4.0

                            canon macro lense

                            By deana

                            from Gulfport, MS

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                I was pleased with how soon my order arrived. I took it out to photograph some nature shots. It was easy to use and took fine pic. I still have not had as much time as I would like to use it.

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                                • No

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