Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Last updated (19 May’10):
– Review by LensTip

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a macro USM lens features 60mm at focal lenght with maximum aperture of 1:2.8. The lens construction has 12 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 25 degrees. Focus adjustment: Manual, Closest focusing distance at 0.65 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens weighs 11.8 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter, 2.8 inches long.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Reviews reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“If someone doesn’t mind that when taking macro pictures you need to get really close to the object, and the fact that you can’t mount the lens on a full-frame sensor, you can buy this lens on spec. It will work great both for what it was designed for and also as a nice portrait lens.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“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 sensor.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro delivers superior sharpness over a wide range of aperture settings. Wide open, its just a little on the soft side, but just one stop down at f/4, it’s “prickly sharp,” and very sharp indeed all the way out to f/11.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“This little 60mm is an excellent performer when it comes to resolution. At f/2.8 the centre resolution is already very good, although the sharpness towards the edges of the frame could be better… 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.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro delivers an almost flawless performance. The lens is capable to provide very sharp border-to-border results with minimal distortions and low CAs. The bokeh (out-of-focus blurr) is decent… highly recommended! “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens performs very well. It is very sharp wide open (even in the corners) and slightly sharper stopped down. It is at least as sharp as the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM lens. It is at least as sharp as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens at equivalent apertures. “
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM User Reviews

Canon EF-S f2.8 60mm Macro Digital SLR lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This product has impressive build quality and really does the job I bought it to do. The picture quality is sharp and the colors true. I’m excited about the range of photographic possibilities this lens opens up to me. Well worth the money.” – by Gary K. Clabaugh

the best macro lens around | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use this with my Canon dslr and the photos when focused correctly come out super sharp. I tend to use manual focus because if your taking photos of a bug, you want the face and eyes in the best focus not the back of the body which you’ll get a lot of when using auto, which is why I said “focused correctly”. This lens is super quiet when using the auto focus which is good so it doesn’t scare away your subjects if your shooting bugs or animals. There is no stabilization so if you don’t have a good steady hand you’ll want to use some sort of tripod. The lens is heavier then it looks but still feels good. This lens is also good for general photos like portraits, landscape etc, my tests were super sharp in all aspects, but its 60mm so there’s no zooming. I’ve tried lenses like Sigma and Tamron but the Canon really was by far the sharpest of all! “ – by Scott

Canon 60mm….Exellent | Rating: ★★★★★
“I found this product better than 100mm macro, and much lighter, i have it attached to a extension tube and take a very nice macros. sharp and colorfull… im happy with this lens. “ – by J. Ambriz “Mr J”

Excellent Lens for the Money | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a great lens for jumping into the world of macro photography. I was completely amazed at the quality that this lens delivered. There are more expensive and higher quality lens out there for macro photography, but for the average user (not in the professional field) this is the best choice. You will not be disappointed by this lens. The only thing I find a bit weird is that there is no “zoom” with the lens, but that is to be expected with a macro lens of this type. The zoom is in tune with the focus of the lens. “ – by A. Holmes “Holmes”

Very impressive | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve been shooting with one of these lenses for about 6 months now and so far I am extremely pleased with the performance of this lens. It’s fast, quiet, and accurate auto-focus. It produces a nice soft background blur at f/2.8 when you want one. The lighting & focus are nice & flat from edge to edge, and focus is tack sharp. Macro shots provide juicy color & detail. The picture quality from this prime-focus lens rivals the quality produced by some of my L series lenses (but L series lenses generally start at around $1000 and go up from there.) Basically the price to quality value is extremely good. “ – by T. Campbell

The best lens I own. | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is the best lens I have ever owned. Of course I have owned faster lenses, but 2.8 is plenty fast when used with higher ISO’s on my Rebel XSi – even indoors without flash. Some say the lens is too sharp for portraits…. The ultrasonic focusing is really fast and quiet, but most of the time I prefer to focus manually with this lens. “ – by WILLIAM MCLEAN

I’m, quite simply, attached to this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It was my first lens that I ever bought on its own, used for macro flower photography. Many cameras and lenses later, I still am amazed by how soft the bokeh is. I’m so attached to this lens that even after my Rebel (EF-S compatible) camera croaked, and this lens wouldn’t work with my 5D (not EF-S compatible), I ended up buying a backup Rebel body JUST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS LENS. It is quite simply immaculate. Just check my macro flower work ([…]) and see why I love it so much.” – by relicpro “”

Awesome lens for the amateur photographer! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I took a few pictures as soon as I received this lens and was immediately impressed. I has always loved taking close up photos and intimate portraits and this is the lens to do that with. It is no Canon L lens but it is just fine for what I need it for. I highly recommend this lens for someone who wants to get into macro photography, take amazing portraits or use it as a general everyday lens.” – by Aaron Whomsley “Handyman Specialist”

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Specifications

Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 60mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception. The 60mm lens offers an angle of view that’s equivalent to a 96mm lens on a 35mm camera, along with a floating optical system that can focus down to life-size 1:1 magnification. The inner focusing system, meanwhile, is driven by a silent and powerful ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM), meaning the lens’s overall length never changes during focus. Ultimately, the multi-purpose lens is equally at home shooting macro shots, portraits, or available-light photos. Like all Canon EF-S lenses, this lens is restricted to the EOS 20D, EOS Digital Rebel, and EOS Digital Rebel XT cameras.

* Focal length: 60mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
* Lens construction: 12 elements in 8 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 25 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Manual
* Closest focusing distance: 0.65 feet
* Filter size: 52mm
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter, 2.8 inches long
* Weight: 11.8 ounces

One Response to “Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM”

  1. Richard keech says:

    To show examples have a look here
    all of my macro shots are done with this 60mm macro lens
    I’m very happy with it but slightly dissapointed to read further up that it doesn’t fit on a full frame as I’m planning to upgrade to the 5D soon

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