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
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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 bo...View full Review
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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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.
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Love the lens. Difficult to use in autofocus. Best results are when you manually focus instead. Glad I purchased it.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.