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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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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 9 cm ; 322 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
  • Item model number: 2537A012AA
  • ASIN: B0000ACCMY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Canon EF 50 mm 125 macro lens for EOS cameras 2537A012


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The AF is slow, typically I just keep it on manual.
However the pictures you can get with this lens is fantastic.
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I have had this lens for approx 1 year, and I love the results. I have had some great results with this lens - and some not so great! It does have trouble in low light, but the f/2.5 aperture combined with increasing your ISO and using flash, makes a huge difference.

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 ;-)
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This is a brilliant little lens, small in size, but does a wonderful job. Light weight so is easy to get into your macro subject.
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I got this lens because I wanted to try macro. I must say that the pics I took were really fantastic. Yes, it is a bit slow but if switch to manual, you will never regret of your purchase...

Enjoy...
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Having borrowed a 50mm Macro lens from a friend, I was set on getting one myself; and I did. but then opted to get the 100mm instead as I could use it to greater effect.

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.
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On buying my first full frame DSLR I started with Canon's cheap, cheerful and fast 50/1.8 II, but found that I didn't need the fast lens with modern sensors. Therefore I upgraded to the slower 50/2.5 macro, which can focus much closer than other 50mm lenses yet still be used as a standard 50, and at f/2.5 is still fast enough to get selective focus and create bokeh when wanted.

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.
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