Conclusion: I am an novice photographer, but I really wanted to get into macro photography, as well as candid snapshots, so I chose this lens. Being fixed lens, it has better image quality than most zoom lenses. The downfall to this, being the lack a zooming abilities! I've heard all over that a 50mm lens offers the best 1:1 ratio, but I find that a 60mm fits a 1:1 ration even better.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Super-sharp images, macro capabilities, wide aperture
Conclusion: I'm 83 & not able to hunt with a rifle anymore, therefore I hunt insects & flowers close to home. This little lens on my Canon T3i meets ALL my needs, & takes a great portrait picture too! If your in the market for a true macro lens give this 1 a try. I guarantee you won't regret it.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM review by Apricane
16 September 2012
Summary: This lens is simply awesome used as a short telephoto for portraits etc., whatever you would use a 100mm for on a FF. IMO, a much more interesting focal length than 50mm on a crop. This lens is superb, sharp even wide open, and embarassingly so if you stop it down for portraits, my main use for the lens.
Pros: Light, Very Sharp, Quick AF in a lot of situations, Perfect Reach
Cons: AF can hunt quite a bit in some situations, somewhat small, short working distance for macro
Face to face with the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro/portrait lens.
10 January 2012
Summary: To date this is the one and only single focal length lens in the Canon EF-S line. All the rest of them are zoom lenses of varying price and build quality. So, why this one lense. Well, Canon decided to provide its APS-C cameras with the equivalent of the Canon EF 100/2.8 macro, the most popular single focal length lens in the full frame line up. How did they do?