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Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro Lens

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Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro lens

Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro lens

Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro lens


Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1987

Optical design: 9 elements in 8 groups

Features: Macro lens
User reviews (2)

Photos (7)

Tests (0)

Owners (7)

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Average price: $310


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Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 28.07.2010

Photos taken with this lens Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro:

Autor: Nusha
4 0 1854

Green Flower
Autor: James McDonald
4 1 1262

Rorschach @70mm (life size converter)
Autor: NerveNet
3 0 277

Autor: kenjiz
1.25 0 1665

Mechanical quality3.297
Optical quality4.577
Pricing / Value4.287
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Owner reviews: Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro

James McDonald 05.08.2014 22:22:18
Period of use: 4 years


Compact, very high image quality from wide open, perfect as a portrait lens on APS DSLR cameras, nice to use and handle, excellent value for money.


Older AF a bit noisy.


I have used many different lenses over the years. This is my personal favourite as it delivers great bang for the buck considering the low price for a pukka macro lens from a major manufacturer. Very sharp and I use it as portrait lens on my DSLR and its great for close ups of flowers and small objects. I love the handling and feel of this lens. I bought mine on Ebay for £160 but I have seen them new for as little as £200. 

PitHazlenut 30.03.2014 18:06:00
Period of use: 2 years


Good and Sharp for macro and product photography when You start .


Long tube on 1:1,

Autofocus problem when You have not enought light ( checked with Canon 5D Mk II )


Good price to value at begining with macro and product photography