50mm macros in general use

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valde
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50mm macros in general use
Jul 29, 2010

Hi!

I would like to ask if anyone has regularly used a 50mm Macro (basically the Canon or Sigma -models) for general photography (e.g. portraits) as well? My nifty-fifty recently broke down on me so I thought I would replace it with something better. With the 5D2's low-light capabilities I don't feel I necessarily need the extra speed of a 1.4, but I'm interested in the closeup focusing capabilities of these macro lenses. I would on the other hand also like to use such a lens for general stuff also (it would fill a big gap between my 16-35 and 85 1.8).

In short, any thoughts on if the available 50mm Macro-lenses are also useful for general-purpose photography on a full-frame body?

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