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differences

Reasons to consider the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/2.5
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At its widest, the 85mm f/1.8 USM captures much more light, 0.9 f-stops
Slightly better telephoto 85 mm vs 50 mm
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70% more reach, less perspective distortion
Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM Learn more about
the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Reasons to consider the Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Significantly narrower aperture f/32 vs f/22
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At its narrowest, the 50mm f/2.5 Macro goes 1.1 f-stops narrower
More magnification 1:2 (0.5x) vs 1:7 (0.1x)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 3.5x larger in your photo
Better wide angle 50 mm vs 85 mm
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More than 40% better wide angle
Slightly lighter 277 g vs 422 g
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More than 30% lighter
Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro Learn more about
the Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

similarities

Compared to lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Prime lens Fixed focal length prime lenses Help
Typically very sharp
Aperture Wide aperture Help
85mm f/1.8 USM:f/1.8
50mm f/2.5 Macro:f/2.5
Zoom range Poor zoom Help
1x
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

Compared to low light lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Low light lens

$100 - $125

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Low light lens

Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro

Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro

Macro lens

Magnification Has better macro
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Macro lens

$469

Magnification Has better macro
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Canon EF 35mm f/2

Canon EF 35mm f/2

Low light lens

$974

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Canon-ef

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Canon-ef

Macro lens

$499

Magnification Has better macro
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Low light lens

$1,549

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Canon-ef

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Canon-ef

Low light lens

$242 - $250

Aperture Wider aperture
Auto focus Auto focus
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Sports lens

$1,049

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Length Longer
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Nikon Nikkor  85mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

Low light lens

$779

Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Wide maximum Wider aperture

Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Canon-ef

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Canon-ef

Macro lens

$349 - $369

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Magnification More magnification
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Low light lens

$110 - $115

Aperture Wider aperture
Length Slightly shorter
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Wide maximum Significantly wider aperture

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