Jo Avila

The First Lens

My first Canon DSLR body was a Canon EOS 10D. It was a fresh start for me. I would have to build up a whole new set of lenses. I couldn’t afford to buy everything that I needed all at once since I had to get rid of my old camera gear which all used film.

I decided to buy lenses as the need arose. The first Canon lens that I ever bought was a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens.

This lens has seen a lot of use. I’ve used it with my Canon EOS 10D, 30D, 40D, 7D Mk1, 5D Mk3 DSLR bodies.

I was grateful that when Canon launched the Canon EOS M there was an option to use EF or EF-lenses with it using the Canon EF-M lens adapter.

My trusty Canon lens has seen use on the Canon EOS M, M3 and recently on the M5.

I’ve used this lens for numerous personal projects, food and product shots as well as to shoot all of my kids when they were still infants.

It won’t win any awards for having a blazing fast AF speed. But that isn’t the reason why I bought this lens in the first place. The lack of a fast AF speed allows me time to think and compose when I shoot.

It’s a sharp lens that has never given me any problems or headaches.

It’s lightweight and I have no second thoughts about stuffing it into my camera bag when I travel.

There are times that I leave it permanently attached to my camera body when I wander around looking for something interesting to shoot.

This is probably the one lens that I will have a hard time parting with when it finally gives up the ghost due to use.

This is my first Canon lens and it will always be my favorite.

(This image was shot using a Canon EOS M5, Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens, Canon EF-M lens adapter at f/5.0, 1/125, ISO 800.)

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