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Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II

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Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
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21 facts in comparison

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II vs Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro

Why is Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II better than Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro?

  • 28% wider aperture at minimum focal length
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    f/1.8 vs2.5f
  • 0.7f wider aperture at maximum focal length
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    1.8fvs2.5f
  • 150g lighter
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    130gvs280g

Why is Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro better than Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II?

  • 0.22m shorter minimum focus distance
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    0.23mvs0.45m
  • Has a metal mount
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  • Front element doesn't rotate
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  • Can focus to infinity
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  • Has rounded aperture blades
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  • 10f smaller aperture at maximum focal length
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    32fvs22f
  • 1 more aperture blades
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    6vs5
  • 0.35x Better magnification factor
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    0.5xvs0.15x

Price comparison

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II

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$122.94

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General info

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
2.Has a metal mount
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
4.Front element doesn't rotate
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
5.weight

130g

280g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
6.has or is a prime lens
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
7.Is a macro lens
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
A macro lens is used to take very close-up photos, allowing you to capture flowers, insects etc. in great detail. A macro lens is any lens with 1:1 magnification.
8.Is a normal lens
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.

Optics

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
3.Has rounded aperture blades
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Focus

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
2.Can focus to infinity
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
3.Has focus motor
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

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