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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Review
SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
Summary: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM is one impressive lens - image quality is simply outstanding and the lens showcases low level of artifacts. Additionally, the lens packs a 1:1 life-size macro and all that at a very affordable price level. The only limitation that I can think of is the fact that this is not a full-frame lens - if you're shooting with an APS-C camera, you're in luck and this is one lens you should seriously consider adding to your collection, otherwise...
Excerpt: Canon's first true macro EF-S (digital-only) lens, the new 60mm f/2.8 ($385, street) gives EOS Digital Rebel, 20D, and 30D owners the same magnifying power (1:1) and about the same field of view (96mm equivalent) as its 100mm f/2.8 EF macro gives full-frame shooters. But it's more than a half-pound lighter and $85 less expensive.
Conclusion: Canon shooters looking for a relatively inexpensive introduction to macro photography should certainly add this lens to their list of lenses to consider. It will suit those especially who will gain from the compact, lightweight design, and fast focusing. Excellent image quality is achievable due to the high resolution, lack of colour aberrations and great control of ghosting and flare. For the price, it represents excellent value for money.
Pros: Good resolution performance, Internal focusing, Fast focus speed, especially for a macro lens, Barely any CA, Good control of ghosting and flare, Compact, lightweight design
Conclusion: I wait to be convinced about Canon’s commitment to the EF-S mount and the restricted number of cameras that it will fit. However, if you own one of them and do not plan to upgrade to full frame in the future then this is a capable and versatile lens. Remember, however, that the minimum focus distance is measured from the sensor plane and to get a 1:1 ratio picture the front of the lens will only be some 85mm from the subject.
Pros: Excellent autofocus. Both quick and quiet., Good control of distortions and CA. Good contrast., Good wide open performance and stops to f/32, Ideal focal length for portrait work (on cameras it is designed for)
Cons: Resolution slightly disappointing for a modern lens (although adequate for job), No lens hood supplied., Restrictive mount.
Excerpt: The Canon EF-S 60/2.8 Macro lens enables photography down to a magnification of 1:1, which means that you can fill the final RAW or JPEG file with a subject the same size as the APS-C sensor inside a Canon Digital Rebel, i.e., 15x22mm. A Popular Photography lab test resulted in higher scores for the Canon 60 Macro than for any previously tested macro lens, presumably due to the fact that this lens only illuminates an image circle large enough to cover a small digital...
Excerpt: I have to admit, when the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens was announced, I was less than enthusiastic over a new short focal length macro lens compatible only with the EF-S lens mount Digital SLRs . But now that I've had a chance to use it, I think the EF-S 60mm Macro is a very nice lens .
Excerpt: Canon-ova serija EF-S objektivov poèasi raste in kljub temu, da so namenjeni predvsem amaterskim uporabnikom, dajejo odliène rezultate. Širokokotnemu EF-S 10-22mm in klasiènemu EF-S 17-85mm IS se je pridružil še makro objektiv EF-S 60mm.
Canon’s EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens; An APS-C Lens That Lets You Get Closer
1 April 2001
Excerpt: If I could, I'd spend all my time hunting down bugs and lizards and any other critters small enough to fit inside a macro lens. Simply stated, I love macro. So I couldn't wait to put the new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens through its paces on my Canon EOS 20D digital SLR. As you may already know, EF-S is Canon's designation for APS-C-dedicated lenses...