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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: Aug 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small size. Excellent results.
Cons:
No 1:1. Noisy and slow autofocus.

This is a great lens to do macro work, and to also use as a normal lens. With the 300D, it produces very nice, sharp and well balanced (contrast wise) photos. It is sharp to the edge and performs well at 2.5, but definetly improves from about 3.5/4 onwards. It is a good size, and is a nice fit for those travelling. As mentioned above, the only down side to this lens is the lack of 1:1 and also the loud and slow autofocus. I did purchase the 1:1 converter, and it does make it more useful, however, the size and weight approaches that of the 100/2.8. Optical quality seems to not suffer too much, though I have not had much opportunity to use the converter so far. Great lens, none the less.