Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

B&H # CA5025MEF MFR # 2537A003
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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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Canon 50mm f/2.5 overview

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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.
In the Box
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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    Canon 50mm f/2.5 specs

    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
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.7 x 2.5" / 6.86 x 6.35 cm
    Weight 9.88 oz / 280 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 3.8 x 3.6"

    Canon 50mm f/2.5 reviews

    EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 241.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great multi purpose lens! I use this lens on a 20d. With the 1.6 crop factor it turns it into an 80mm lens. Works well for macro, but again doesnt do 1:1 as some others have mentioned. It is however a great lens in its versatility. It can do its macro thing but also functions well as a portrait lens. Alot of people forget that macro lenses can be used as normal primes. This one does a good job for general photography as well as macro. 2.5 max aperture while not huge is wide enough for some indoor shooting at higher ISOs without flash. Very sharp, even wide open, albeit a tad loud. Although the loudness is to be expected. Great value.
    Date published: 2008-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and Compact 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens We actually had the same lens in our studio before, but being over 8 years old and dropped a few times, we figured it'd be good to buy a new one. The only difference between our new EF 50mm and our old one is the previous lens had image-stabilization. However, even without, it's wonderful. I don't think I'm too concerned about not having image-stabilization with this lens, mainly bc we use a tripod and remote 98% of the time. I think the fact that the same lens has been around for over 8 years is a good review of itself. I can speak for our previous lens. Being that old, and dropped a few times, and STILL working like a champ? Sounds like a quality lens to me.
    Date published: 2012-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang for your Dollar! I have wanted a Macro lens for awhile -but not ready to lay down the $$$ for the 100L - since I use a FullFrame camera the 60mm won't work as it's an ef-s lens. I found this little guy, read reviews and looked at sample images on Flickr and decided this was the one for me until I was ready for the 100L. I LOVE THIS LENS. It lets me actually get wonderful Ring-shots (I'm a wedding photographer) and does a magnificent job. I don't know why more people don't use this thing!
    Date published: 2012-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT Lens This little lens is really special..I am using it on a Canon 5D Mark 2 and a Canon 40D body...Its just so compact,well built, and consistently sharp.. This little macro is so sharp that I start questioning how good my L glass is in comparison..I also have the 100mm macro non IS..It is a nice lens too,but also 3 times the size.. The 50 is just a wonderful tack sharp little lens to carry around.. If I lost this little 50mm I would replace it immediatly..This is the second new lens I have bought from B@H...Extremely pleased with their professional service..
    Date published: 2012-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As a Food Blogger, I love this lens! I was looking for an amazing lens to take pictures of food for my blog. This is it! Previous to this one, I purchased the 100mm Macro. It's was great, but I had to stand 15 feet from the subject to get everything inside the frame. First: it's ridiculous. Second: I don't have that kind of space. So I bought this one. The image quality is the same, and I can stand closer to the dish. I would recommend it to any Food Photographer out there who wants to take amazing pictures. I find that the image quality is at its best when the light is difused.
    Date published: 2011-11-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 50mm Macro f/2.5 The best lens for video in my opinion, and does an outstanding job for photos. Takes in a lot of light, so any low light situation you're in, don't worry, just set your settings on your dslr to get the most out of this lens. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 because it doesn't have a stabilizer, but cancel the blur with a well bought flash and you shouldn't have any problems at all. For $ get it, it's a steal for sure. Do your research if you aren't sure, and it gets SUPER close (MACRO) especially when you shoot in crop mode! It's unlike any other lens, even it's not top of the line, it's the most common lens anybody should always have for any situation.
    Date published: 2011-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for flowers I like to photograph the flowers in my garden. I have lots of lenses and several are very, very expensive. I like this lens to use when I want to run outside without a tripod. It is very fast, so I can get a good shot in low light. The lens is light as a feather making camera shake less likely. I get really close to the flowers I want to shoot and this lens will get me closer than any I have. Best of all, this lens is reasonably priced. I have been photographing flowers for about 10 years and am wondering what took me so long to discover this lens.
    Date published: 2010-06-09
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