Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
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Beautiful pictures with my Canon Rebel T3i
13 January 2015
Summary: Beautiful pictures with my Canon Rebel T3i. The only issue I have with it is that it creates a lot of noise with auto-focus, and often takes a long time to focus. It has a lot of difficulty with focusing at sharp angles and at close distances. However, using manual focus, I've taken a lot of great photos with this lens and overall I love it.
Summary: I use this lens professionally everyday. It is a great lens. Light, fast, and the image quality it produces is on par with much more expensive glass. I was not surprised by that as it comes highly recommended from many of my peers but I think I was not sure it would be as good as it is. As a MACRO lens, it produces a razor sharp depth of field at f/2.5 in close to an object. The bokeh is beautiful as well. If you need a fast, high quality MACRO lens, check this one out.
Summary: One of the first questions that came to mind was if this lens could be used professionally. The answer is yes. Optics is more than good enough for working photographers. If you don't believe me, go to Ken Rockwell's photography website and read up on this lens. Personal experience with this lens has shown me that it has very good bokeh. The magnification is only 1:2, but for what I used it for (botanicals), it's perfect, because I don't need to go microscopic.
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro review by babka08
24 July 2014
Summary: This lens is optically simply excellent. Sharp, clear, good contrast and colour. And because it goes to 1:2 macro it is much more versatile than the other fast 50s. I like it, but it just doesn't fit my needs. I really wanted 1:1 macro so have gone with a 100mm. But if you don't need to get super close to your subject (flowers, for example) it really is great. And f/2.5 is quite fast, especially because the 50 1.8 and 1.4 don't really get sharp till around f2 or 2.5.
Summary: I never bought this nor intended it for macro . I bought it because I have the canon 50mm 1.4 and while it takes nice pictures and has a fast focus it miss focus too many times for me to be happy with. I have a canon 6d and have a little above moderate knowledge on photography and I know my camera very well.
Summary: I use this mostly for food photography, and it's a great lens. I originally used a 50mm f/1.8, but when it developed a defect in focusing, went for this macro lens version. Sometimes I miss the really low f-stops, but overall, I like it. It functions well as a non-macro lens as well. Somewhat slow to switch from close to far, and a little noisy, but nothing that's really bothersome.
Summary: Great little lens for the portrait type photosyou want to take. Also contains a macro lens great for taking close up photos, which I use for flowers and interesting things. Love to use this lens for special purposes. Best not to use for an all purpose lens.