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CanonEF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
 
4.5

(based on 236 reviews)

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    (97)

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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'.

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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.

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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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      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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          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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            • No

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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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                  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

                  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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                  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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                        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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