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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens
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- Focal length and maximum aperture: 50 mm, 1:2.5
- Lens construction: Nine elements in eight groups
- Closest focusing distance: 0.23 m/0.8 ft
- Diagonal angle of view: 46 degree
- Filter size: 52 mm
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Top Customer Reviews
However the pictures you can get with this lens is fantastic.
I use it for insects and bugs and have had some pleasing results.
Cons : It can be hard to keep a steady hand when shooting handheld at close distances, so if money were no object I'd buy the Canon EF 100mm L IS.
However for this price it is a good little lens and it is very sturdy
January 2012 - Ps this lens is now for sale in marketplace, as I decided to splash out and buy the 100mm IS ;-)
I'd recommend the 50mm Macro to anyone getting into close-up photography, but be aware that the lens extends to about double the length.
Images are sharp, and show remarkable lack of distortion. This is in contrast to most zoom lenses, which tend to distort at their widest and longest settings. Colours are good, but don't have the vibrancy of Canon's L lenses and more recent standard models. Bokeh is smooth, some would call it bland but I prefer that.
Build quality is ahead of the 50/1.8 II, despite being an older design dating back to the first Eos cameras of 1987. The focus ring has a lot of travel, allowing for easy manual focus and use of the depth of field markings on the focus scale. Most landscape and street scenes can be entirely in good focus by stopping down to f/16 and erring the f/16 mark to infinity. The lens can be stopped down all the way to F/32, but image quality suffers at high f/numbers, especially beyond f/22.
Auto focus is where the age of the lens design makes itself known. The motor is noisy, and there is no manual override available when in autofocus mode. The close focus abilities of the lens mean that the autofocus has a lot of distance to cover, and can sometimes struggle, but that is a characteristic of macro lenses. Autofocus tends to be faster and quieter when the camera is in AI-servo mode.
This is a great standard lens with the bonus of close focus. It does not match the 100mm and 180mm macro lenses for serious macro use - no 50 ever will.Read more ›
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