Canon EF 50-50mm F/2.5 Lens Reviews
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Canon EF 50-50mm F/2.5 Lens

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Canon EF 50mm F2.5 Macro

May 3, 2002 (Updated Jun 26, 2010)
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Pros:crisp, retains real perspective,MF excellent.

Cons:Weight.not as smooth a fit as other canon EF lenses. useless for AF.

The Bottom Line: Brilliant little lens, but works best on MF. Make sure you have depth of field preview on your camera.


I only use MF (with an EOS5 Body in Av mode) and find this little lens excellent, really crisp detailed, keeps a great natural perspective it's handy that it doubles as a standard 50 (though I prefer my f1.8 50mm for standard shots, I like really shallow depths of field, so the extra stop is useful).

I have used it a couple of times with AF (without eye control) and found it pretty worthless, but I think for real close up minute depths of field shots you would be daft not use MF anyway.

The lens is on the heavy side, but then the build quality is brilliant, also it's a bit pricey, but then it is a compact macro capable of 1:2 without an adapter so I suppose it's worth the extra over a Sigma or Tamron equivalent.

I would only use this with an EOS camera that facilitates depth of field preview (but then if you buy a £250 lens you are probably going to have a higher end EOS body anyway) as it can be really hit or miss if left unchecked.

I've found a tripod pretty essential with any film slower than 400 ASA (I've never used it with a faster film, why have the potential for this much detail and then lose it by using a grainy film?).

I love this little lens and it's given me some of my best ever shots but my reservations as above still apply. It requires a bit more involvement than some EOS users might be used to.


Recommend this product? Yes

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