Canon Macro Lens.

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  1. Dryfly

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    Hello, a question from a friend.

    A canon EF 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, is it able to take the same shots as a EF 50mm f1.8 standard lens?

    I understand that one has wider aperture. Is it that the macro lens can focus a lot closer? Is that the difference and can you still use it to take infinite distance shots as with the EF 50mm f1.8 standard lens.

    Any help would be great.
     
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    if you add the "life-size" Canon converter which is specifically designed for the 50mm f/2.5 macro, you'll have 1:1.
     
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    True. Do you lose infinity focus with the life size converter installed?

    I suppose we should mention that you could use Canon or 3rd party extension tubes with the EF 50mm f/1.8 to get macro magnification.
     
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    AFAIK, infinity focus is maintained. BUT.. I still would prefer the 100mm (or similar focal length) for macro.
     
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    I've heard great things about the EF-S 60mm macro lens.
     
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    This forum is the best, I and others have learnt so much from you in this thread alone! Thanks very much! You are all excellent and In particular Mike's lens pick for cropped sensor affordability. Thank you!!
     

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