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I'd never recommend a 50mm lens as a macro, too little working distance for insects in general, large FOV for including background clutter, I tend to think of them as a slow 50mm prime that just happens to focus closer, which can be nice for the odd occasion, but not a real macro and it only does 0.5:1. At a minimum I'd get the Canon 60 f/2.8 which is 1:1, and has more working distance, much faster AF and likeall macro lenses has very low distortion as they were designed for flat field reproduction from the outset
Personally I'd look into a 90-100mm macro. You can't really go wrong with any of them, but the Tamron 90 f/2.8 is a gem and would easily fit in your budget if you get the one without VC. Tamron also have a 60 f/2 which is the fastest macro lens around and makes it a nice lens for other activities such as portraits. Sigma also make a 70 and 105 f/2.8 which are nice.
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