Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
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Save your money and buy a 100mm macro.
MacRow, B&H Photo
24 September 2014
Excerpt: After reading all the positive reviews for this lens I couldn't wait to try it. I mainly wanted it for insect and plant macros. The macro capabilities of this lens were underwhelming. Side by side, my 18-55 kit lens produced equal quality macros. It did do well for portraits, however. Very nice color and sharp. My expectations may have been too high, but I wasn't going to pay for a new lens that was nearly the same as my kit.
Summary: For me, I thought this would be an upgrade to a "niffty "fiffty" but it's basically the same thing but with Macro - minus the f-stop amount. Like the 1.8 the lens is very slow and sounds like a fisherprice toy from walmart. I had a real difficult time focusing with AF. The lens would only AF on areas with high contrast in textures, as for the fine details you are out of luck. To me, the AF on this lens is useless. MF is the way to go.
Excerpt: At f/2.5 sharpness in the centre is already excellent, and the quality towards the edges approaches good levels. Stopping the lens down improves sharpness across the frame until f/5.6, where the clarity exceeds excellent levels from edge to edge.Light and compact, it functions beautifully as a general-purpose normal lens.
Summary: Having already owned the 50mm 1.8 and the Tamron 17-50 2.8, I wanted a real macro lens and decided to get this. Unfortunately the construction is shoddy (similar to the 50mm 1.8) and I could not get a much closer shot over the 17-50. Overall it was the worse of both lenses I owned. I would highly recommend the Tamron because it is also a zoom, it is more versatile, and can still do nice macros compared to this lens.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens to shoot weddings, real close-up of the rings, flowers etc. I found that its not the best lens for my wedding portraits..too slow. But with the flowers and rings and details...amazing : ) Alittle too slow focusing in a darker room such as the reception. But great in bright light. I was torn but I exchanged the lens for the EF50mm F/1.4 USM instead to capture more portraits instead of just details.
Summary: Decent lens overall. However, very loud when focusing and very lightweight so it feels somewhat cheap. Not bad to use for portraits, but I've found I must use a tripod when taking macro shots otherwise the details are not crisp. This lens is a good choice if you are looking for a decent portrait/macro lens on a tight budget. If you will be using a lens like this often and professionally, I would recommend upgrading to a pricier macro lens.
Excerpt: Bought this to use with the Vector HD spotting scope for digiscoping. It's light compared to other 50mm prime lenses I looked at, and cheaper than most. Slow and hard to focus compared to the USM lenses I'm used to. I am a bit disappointed so far with its use as a macro lens, compared to the 100mm and 180mm that I already own. May look at adding the optional converter.