Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Announced Feb 17, 2005 •
Telephoto macro prime lens | Canon EF-S
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I bought this lens to get closer to the subject and to enhance my macro shooting ability. This lens doesn't disappoint a bit. The built quality is excellent with fast, accurate and quite auto-focus. Full time manual override on the focus is a bonus. Optically, this lens is par with any other macro lens on the market today. I have got thousands of crisp, sharp images till date. Color rendition is good as well. The lens is so light that I seldom feel that a lens is attached to my camera. My ...

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PStu
 
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I would love to step up to the EF 100mm L IS lens, but my budget could only swing the EF-S 60mm.  The focusing on this lens is lightning fast compared to anything else I own.  This lens is razor sharp.  The only thing I miss is VC, but at 1/3 the cost of its L-series big brother, I can't complain.  Construction is solid, and the focus ring is nicely dampened.

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polizonte
 
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This was my first macro lens many years ago when I used a Canon 40D - the EFS 60mm f2.8 is a low priced gem; two years ago I bought one new for my son and paired it with a used Canon 50D. A year later, my gift had not been used being too much to carry around and was returned to me; before selling it, I used the combo for a week - some quick snapshots are in my gallery. I am now a Nikon FX user, but this is still a fun lens that I would recommend to any Canon DX user looking for a portable, ...

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Purchased this lens at a good discount from a branch of Comet a couple of years ago believing that I might make use of it on my APS-C cameras. Years ago I had a Nikkor 55mm MF lens on my Nikon FE/ FM a lovely sharp lens but it tended to gather dust at the bottom of my Billy bag. Not so this 60mm lens from Canon. It takes simply brilliant images and is far sharper than any of my other lenses (these include L glass and top end Nikon stuff) I look for reasons to use it. If/ when I go FF I will ...

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The 60mm EF-S lens is the only 1.6X lens that Canon makes that is worthy of your attention. Since it is a native EF-S lens, you get a DOF benefit, and when shooting 1" away from a subject, any DOF that you can get is great. Sharpness is near top-flight, even wide-open. Contrast is excellent. Autofocus is very fast. The only serious concern is some significant vignetting, but that disappears after going to F/4.

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I shoot a lot of aquarium macro photography. The 60mm is a good focal length (100mm tends to be too much). Lens is sharp and 2.8 is good in low light conditions. Problems: The only complaint I have about this lens is the AF seems to struggle in lower light as compared to an 18-55 zoom and a 17-70 macro zoom under the same light conditions. This is frustrating as I am often shooting while holding a macro ring light against the glass in my left hand and do not have the option to manual ...

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MarkGounden
 
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I've been focused on photography now for just over a year & recently bought this lens. It's my first macro lens & it's great given it's price versus functionality. Not having a macro lens prior to the EF-S 60mm, this lens has opened by picture capturing experience to a whole new world. If you are a beginner I think this is a great macro option, & the options it presents will always keep things exciting even when you're feeling slightly less motivated. Problems: Like with one of the previous ...

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Very sharp lens you can use for macro and portraits. If you are a beginner at macro this is a very good lens to start with as you can also shoot great portraits. At 60mm it is versatile but you may opt to use a longer focal length once you want to take macro photography to the next level. This lens incorporate the USM making the AF fast and silent, a killer tandem in macro photography. The lens also uses inner focusing which means the lens will stay the same size all throughout focusing. ...

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Recommended - Very very sharp short telephoto for macro and portraits. Quick silent focus on recent cameras. I purchased this lens when first released and marginal light focus was poor with Canon's 20D and 30D bodies, but focus is reliable with 40D and newer. Drawbacks? There's no focus lock-out to prevent the AF from hunt into macro ranges when you're shooting portraits. Also, the optional lens hood has a flimsy mount and the resulting combo doesn't feel solid like most Canon products. If ...

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