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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro 35mm Primes

4.67 star rating
                      4.67 / 5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $254.00


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length50mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.5
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 0.5
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance9.6 in
    Picture Angle46 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diameter2.7 in
    Length2.5 in
    Weight9.9 oz
    MPNCN50MM
    Product ID24944063

Product Description

A superior-performance lens offering excellent optics and focusing from infinity down to one-half life size (0.5x). The optional accessory Life Size Converter EF enables focusing down to life size (1:1).


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by magic@photos a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Strengths:    Optics, accuracy

Weaknesses:    noisy AF

Bottom Line:   
This lens more than surprised me. It proves that you don't have to have all the latest technology in a lens for it to be good. the optics are excellent, AF is fast enough for landscapes, portraits and macro work...and very accurate. I have used it on my 5D mk II, and the excellent optics complements the 21.1 MP perfectly.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EFS 60mm f/2.8 macro

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 1961sg a Professional

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2005

Strengths:    Price
Sharpness
Contrast
light weight


Weaknesses:    Is it a true Macro if it doesn't focus down to 1:1 ?

Bottom Line:   
What a plesently surprising little lens. It is tack sharp with fabulous contrast even wide open and at any focusing distance. Granted, it doesn't focus as quickly as the USM macros but at half the price of the nearest USM lens who cares. I mean where will you need superfast focusing with macro anyway, unless you're shooting an uncooperative bug or hummingbird and even then small focusing adjustments are done reasonably quickly. To be honest the only thing I didn't like about it is that it doesn't go down to a true 1:1. 1:2 instead, but this can be helped by the use of close up lenses. For the money this lens is one Canon's underated gems. Get one and go bug hunting... you won't regret it.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   MacBains

Similar Products Used:   Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F:2.8D
Sigma 50mm Macro F:2.8 MF


Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by shlomi a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2005

Strengths:    Decent sharpness
Build in hood


Weaknesses:    Dreadful AF
Washed out colors


Bottom Line:   
I bought this lens after reading the very positive reviews in this site. I was very disappointed and returned it after a couple of days of shooting, and got a 50/1.4 instead.

This lens is exactly what it looks like - an old compact macro. It is suitable for close range macro. As a general lens it is not really usable - it misses focus in *many* situations.

There are no complaints about sharpness. However colors are somewhat washed out, and bokeh is not great. For shooting people, there is no comparison between this one and the 50/1.4 - the latter wins hands down.

Get this lens only if the macro feature is its main intended use. If you want the full prime quality go for the 50/1.4 and you will not be sorry.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Canon 50mm f/1.4

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rollins a Expert from Frederick, MD

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2003

Strengths:    Sharpness all across the lens!
No distortion at all!
Built in lens hood, lens is recessed, with no flare!
I haven't used its Macro feature much since I have other Marco lenses.
Very good build quality for this price range.


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This baby is SHARP!!!

I use it mainly as a standard lens.

I shot some pictures at Antietem Battlefield and the shots of the fields show every blade of grass in the field crystal clear.

I shot an old brick church and noticed no distortion at all and again the sharpness of the lens just slaps you in the face!

Its build quality is very good and it auto focus also is very good -- although it is not USM AF.

Hey, I knew it didn't have USM when I purchased it, I just wanted it for its SHARPNESS and lack of distortion.

So when I purchased this lens I bought it with an attitude 'that it better be sharp' AND IT IS!

An excellent purchase!

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 20mm, EF 24mm TS, EF 28mm f/2.8, EF 35mm f/2, EF 90mm TS, 70-200mm f/4 L, EF 300mm f/4 L

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dadas115 a Intermediate from Houston

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2003

Strengths:    size, weight, cost, sharpness

Weaknesses:    build quality (but what do you expect for this price?) and AF is a little slow (not really a problem for me)

Bottom Line:   
All around great performer and excellent value for the money. This lens sees a lot of use from me because it is small, sharp, light and works very well with extension tubes. I waited a long time to finally buy this lens because I kept reading reviews saying that 50mm didn’t give enough working distance for wildlife. I have not found the working distance to be a problem at all. This is one of my all time favorite lenses.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo Used

Similar Products Used:   EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM
EF 180mm f/3.5L macro USM
EF MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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