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Overview

One of Canon's longest lasting lenses that's still in their current lineup (2015).

Needs an optional ($250) 'life size converter' to get 1:1 macro performance.

This extends the magnification from 1:2 to 1:1. Unlike a conventional extension tube, the Life Size Converter EF has a 4 element optical design that works like a tele extender, allowing magnifications from 0.26x to 1x whilst increasing the working distance slightly from the front of the lens to the subject.

Fills a niche in Canon's range of lenses, although the 100mm macro is probably more flexible, with the MP-E65 as better for specialist use.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 50mm 1:2.5
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Aperture 32
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.5
Closest Focusing Distance 0.23m
Filter Size 52mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 67.6 x 63mm, 280g

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens block diagram

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens mtf chart

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available.

Product launch

No information available on the 1987 launch of this lens.

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