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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
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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:

still test
Autor: Ko Jonus
5 1 291

Green Flower
Autor: James McDonald
4.33 1 1912

Autor: Nusha
4 0 2409

Autor: NerveNet
4 0 1798

Mechanical quality3.297
Optical quality4.577
Pricing / Value4.287
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro

NerveNet 14.03.2020 06:58:35
Period of use: 6 months

  • good build cuality
  • long rotation manual focus ring
  • lens hood not needed
  • sharp at f/2.5, top at f/5.6
  • low distortion
  • light
  • makro lens


  • it is a 1:2 makro, you will need Canon's Life size converter in order to reach 1:1 ratio and increased working distance
  • noisy and slow autofocus motor
  • not cheap


I use my copy of the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact makro for product photography. This lens is not a true makro lens it only reaches reproduction ratio of 1:2.

Good construction with metal mount, light, but its AF motor is slow and noisy, but is less prone to focus hunting than my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.

This lens has good sharpness starting at f/2.5, at f/5.6 it is very good from corner to corner. You do not need a lens hood for this lens as the front element is deeply mounted inside the lens and Canon doesn't offers a lens hood. No noticeable barrel distortion.

Cannon offers for this 50mm lens the so called Life Size Converter. This Life Size Converter enable you to reach the 1:1 ratio and also increases the working distance. In the EXIF data you will notice that this combo shows up as a 70mm f/3.5 1:1 makro lens.

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