Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Standard AutoFocus Lens - USA

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About Canon 50mm F/2.5

A superior-performance lens offering excellent optics and focusing from infinity down to one-half life size (0.5x). Its nine-element design features a floating optical system, which ensures top-notch performance even at close focusing distances. Light and compact, it functions beautifully as a general-purpose normal lens. The optional accessory Life Size Converter EF enables focusing down to life size (1:1), and actually increases working distance - very desireable in close-up shooting.

The Canon 50mm F/2.5 is commonly used for General purpose, Low light, Macro photography, Portraits, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 50mm F/2.5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 50mm F/2.5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 50mm F/2.5: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (24),Fast / accurate auto-focus (19),Easily interchangeable (18),Consistent output (17),Strong construction (17),Durable (12),Rugged (7),Easily mounted (4),Nice bokeh (4),Super-sharp images (4),Simple controls (3)
Cons:
Slow focus (14),Slow auto-focus (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (17),General purpose (9),Low light (8),Portraits (8),Wildlife photos (5),Fun (3),Landscape/scenery (3),Night photography (3),Professional work (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Professional (5),Semi-pro photographer (5),Enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3),Semi-professional (3)

Canon 50mm F/2.5 Specifications

Construction
8 groups / 9 elements
Angle of view
46°
F stop range
2.5-32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.23m / 0.8 ft. (film plane to subject)
Maximum Magnification
1:2 (1:1 with lifesize converter EF)
Filter Size
52mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.7" x 2.5" / 67.6 x 63.0mm
Weight
9.9 oz. / 280g

Canon 50mm F/2.5 Reviews

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4.3

(based on 42 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon's Dual Purpose Prime

If you are looking for a sharp 50mm prime lens that offers decent build quality and outstanding close-focus capabilities - the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro should be on your short list. This lens is a chameleon in versatility. Use it as a "half-size" macro that will catch every detail of small subjects. It doubles as a great standard prime and low-light performer. This is a great lens to place on your camera for a museum visit or a trip to your local botanical garden venue to catch subjects bo...

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If you are looking for a sharp 50mm prime lens that offers decent build quality and outstanding close-focus capabilities - the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro should be on your short list. This lens is a chameleon in versatility. Use it as a "half-size" macro that will catch every detail of small subjects. It doubles as a great standard prime and low-light performer. This is a great lens to place on your camera for a museum visit or a trip to your local botanical garden venue to catch subjects both large and small. The auto focus motor is a bit noisy, but extremely accurate in macro shots. As a "standard lens" focus becomes a bit slower, but stopped down to f/4-f/5.6 the superb sharpness and contrast is worth your patience. The EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro is a great value at the given price point and well-worth consideration by anyone seeking a solid and versatile performer that won't break the bank.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

older design

50mm macro f 2.5 Good sharp and light- handy for those reasons slow focus has a lot of distortion when photographing flat art- requires correction in Photoshop to straighten the curvature.

Reviewed by 42 customers

 
4.0

Worth Having.

By

from Annandale, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love the lens. Difficult to use in autofocus. Best results are when you manually focus instead. Glad I purchased it.

 
5.0

Awesome Macro Lens

By

from Providence, RI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is an awesome lens for macro photography. I mostly use it to shoot miniature models at a local game shop, and delivers fantastic results every time. It focuses a little slow for capturing fast moving bugs, but otherwise perfect lens.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Idaho  -  Casual Photographer

This lens is to be my "go to" lens for all of my close up work. Sharpest lens I have ever owned. Haven't used the auto-focus on it because I shoot manual on the close ups. You certainly can't go wrong if your lens is as good as mine. Great lens.

 
4.0

Nice little lens

By

from Earth  -  Photo Enthusiast

This was my first non L series lens but after reading other reviews, I decided to give it a try. The other reviews are right. It's very nice. The picture quality is good. I'm also glad I bought it from Adorama because if you're not happy with a lens that you buy from them, you can return it (within 30 days).

 
5.0

Awesome.....would recommend and buy agai

By

from Washington State  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love shooting insects which are in short supply in winter where we live. So I have been shooting snowflakes on my dogs nose. Once srping srrives I plan to shoot insects and anything else that I find fascinating.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bargain Macro!

By

from Fargo, ND

I purchased this lens mainly to use in copying my vast library of color slides. Paired with Canon extension tubes, a competitors slide holder, and a decent light source, it works terrific! My Canon 5D III makes much quicker files since I don't have to wait the several minutes for a regular scanner to do its scan, and I can see the results on the cameras LCD screen histogram right away. In addition doing white balance for the light source is a cinch. Since both type of copies require final retouching in Photoshop, the Macro is a much better way to go. It's much less costly since you already own a DSLR! Of course it works fine for traditional pictures too! The lens has been unchanged for years, so brace yourself when you hear the sound of the focusing motor... its from the beginning of EOS so just marvel at the fact that it's still around. However, it still has metal filter threads, and the optics are great!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent High Quality Lens

By

from Hernando, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Lens takes excellent shots of insects. Good depth of field, easy to use. Autofocus is great. Can be used for everyday family pictures if you don't have a standard 55 mm lens.

 
5.0

Best standard lens I've owned

By

from Adelaide Australia  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is on my 5D most of the time. It's extremely sharp and the contrast is excellent. You can't beat it for the price, but I wouldn't drop it. These days no lens is as tough as those made thirty years ago.

(68 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Primary Lens

By

from Paso Robles, CA

I purchased this lens to complement the recent purchase of a Canon T2i. I had the choice of getting the 18-55mm lens or this 50mm f/2.5, I selected this lens as my first lens purchase because of reviews noting its sharp optical quality. As for the zoom, I figured I could use my feet to zoom in and out accordingly. I have used this lens for about three weeks now, and could not be happier with my choice. Since I use this lens mainly for still life projects, the motor focus noise criticism noted by others is not bothersome to me. In fact, what noise there is, is a nice audio clue that the lens is working for me. Hard to find fault with this lens, I like it a lot.

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best 50mm budget lens

By

from Undisclosed

If you are planning to go for a 50mm lens, I would suggest this lens. It not only takes sharp pictures wide open, it is also well suited for all purposes from landscape and portrait to macro. Though it is not a complete macro lens still it fairs well with 0.5x magnification. I have used my friend's 50mm f/1.8, which is no where close to this lens. 50mm f/1.4 can be a good competitor to this lens but still considering the price and the macro ability on this lens, 50mm f/2.5 van be considered the winner. The only difficulty with this lens is that it hunts @ low light situation where I can't trust AF and I will have to go for MF. And the AF is quite slow apart from that this is one heck of a versatile lens. A best buy for the money without breaking the bank.

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Carla K  How does this lens compare to the EF S 60 f/2.8?
KEN S  I shoot full frame so the 60 would not work.
Shopper  Is this an adjustable lens?
WAYNE T  If by adjustable you mean zoom, the answer is NO. This is a true macro lens and as such is a fixed focal length, in this instance 50mm. There are no macro zooms. Some zooms have a macro setting on the focus ring, but that is only the close focus setting. True macro lenses are built to higher optical quality than zooms, and are able to focus closer. A true macro should focus to 1:1 or full life sized. The Canon EF 50 f/2.5 focuses to 1:2 half life size but can focus to full life size with a matched extender.
Shopper  What Canon cameras will this fit?
DALE B  There are currently two types of Canon lenses: EF and EF-S. The EF lenses will work on any modern Canon EOS camera (including both the XT and the 60D). The EF-S lenses will work on some digital Canon EOS cameras, including the Rebel series, XXD series (including the 60D) and the 7D. You can see a full list of supported cameras on wikipedia's EF-S page. EF-S lenses do not work on the 5D or 1D series of Canon EOS DSLRs, nor do they work on the D30, D60 or 10D which are three of Canon's earliest DSLRs (not to be confused with the 30D or 60D, which both support EF-S lenses!).
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