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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
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|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 2.68 x 2.48 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||0.23 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||6|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||46 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 50mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.5
- Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Front group linear extension system with AFD
- Closest focusing distance: 0.8 feet
- Filter size: 52mm
- Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches long
- Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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Top Customer Reviews
For me, I like to take shots of insects and other animals that tend to be skittish. For that type of work, this lens is loud and finds it tough to focus quickly, so you need to work in manual mode. By the time you get the shot, the subject has moved out of the position you were after. Also, you don't get true 1:1 macro, so the details are not as good as if you fork out the extra for the 60mm Canon f2.8 Macro USM, which has the ultra quiet focus.
A recent review I read in a prestigious magazine put this lens a distant second to the Sigma Macro 50mm f2.8 EX DG, which costs about the same as this one and offers true 1:1 macro. If I could go back and buy that one I would.
Great in low light, and agree also, the bokeh is sweet. I do alot of bee chasing and manage some great macros with bees in flight with this one. All hand held. Can also take great indoor shots without flash, with a steady hand.I chose it also because it was one of the least expensive high rated canon 50mm's.
It goes well with another inexpensive canon lens, the 55-200mm ef f4.5-5.6 II, which also does well outdoors, including macro.
I am very pleased with both, and wouldn't part with them!
I read the other reviews and must say that I have never scared an insect away with the noise as mentioned before. And I have taken countless insect shots with this lens. It is a bit louder than the other lenses I have but I don't see it to be a problem. The one problem I do encounter is when using the autofocus in a busy closeup scene it often will focus on the background instead of say a closer insect on a flower. When this happens I just flip it to manual and focus that way. No big deal.
Overall, great lens for an even greater price. Definitely worth it. (I submitted a photo of a bee that I took a couple of days ago with this lens as an example.)
The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 is nearly a perfect match with the 10D for this purpose. Its small, its compact, and its short focal length do not require that I be standing three feet away from the model I'm shooting.
As far as shooting at non-static objects, such as insects, the lens is slow to focus and loud, in both noise and vibration, which results in "startled" subjects and missed shots.
The same also applies for non-macro shots as well. Its slow focus makes it a poor choice for action photography, and its loud enough to draw attention to you when you are attempting other shots as well.
Now, when I use this lens at 1:2 to 1:5 magnification range, the resolution and contrast are good, but I noticed a bit too much chromatic aberration (CA) with shiny objects such as jewelries and silverware. The color is magenta and green, depending on the distance of the object in relation to the focusing distance. The CA decreased to some extent by stopping down. A significant drop of CA was seen at f/8 for 1:5 and f/11 for 1:2 magnification, although CA was still noticeable at those f-stops. Sure, at such magnifications, you would stop down to about that range anyway, due to very thin depth of field, but I would be happier of CA was lower from wider apertures for a bit more creative flexibility. Meanwhile, it's not impossible to correct for CA in professional image editing softwares, but that just means more editing work.
The lens is excellent for non-shiny small product shoots, such as hair accessories, cosmetic products, food, etc., although tilt shift would be useful whenever the image uses creative styling. Therefore, for creative macro work, TS-E90mm, possibly with extension tubes, would be more useful, although there is a price to pay in terms of dollars, pounds, and more demanding manual work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect the package and the lens is amazing!!! It arrived sooner than expected. Great!!!!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Its beeen almost more than a year and the unit is still amazing for its price. Taking food photos close up even portraits. I recommend anyone whos in a budgetPublished 2 months ago by amine harfouche
It's noisy and take some getting use to, but the photo's once you figure out is it the lens is it me scenario, are excellent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robin N Weir
- It fits too tightly on the camera, actually more tightly than any other Canon lens.
- Noisy focus motor
Bought this 2 years ago. Have used it delicately and the autofocus has broken. Return is impossible at this time. This should not be happening with this lens. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ChicagoConsumer
FANTASTIC lens. I've had the 50mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4, and this is the sharpest of the group, especially wide open. Best review I can give is that I sold the 1.4 after using this one.Published 7 months ago by Timothy