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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 96mm (35mm Equivalency)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Life-Size (1:1) Macro Magnification
  • Internal Focusing w/ Floating Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Flat-Field Focusing w/ Circular Aperture
  • Canon Super Spectra Lens Coatings
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.8"
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The EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens from Canon is a telephoto prime lens and the first true macro lens of their EF-S series, made specifically for "APS-C" format Canon SLR cameras. It produces 1:1 magnification for extremely detailed close-up images and with a 35mm focal length equivalence of 96mm, it is also ideal for medium telephoto applications including portraiture. Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light and offers shallow depth of field control.

Autofocus is achieved with Canon's very best ring-type ultrasonic (USM) motor, which is fast and silent and allows you to manually override the focus at any time without switching the camera's focus mode settings. The field of focus is flat, important in macro work, and the aperture diaphragm is circular to allow more natural background highlights.

An internal focusing system prevents the lens' extension while focusing and a three-group floating element lens design results in excellent delineation at all focusing distances from life size macro to infinity. Canon's Super Spectra lens coatings suppress ghosting and flare and an optional lens hood (ET-67B) further reduces the incidence of flare.

A 1:1 magnification macro short telephoto lens for APS-C type, EF-S compatible Canon SLR cameras. Its 35mm focal length equivalence is 96mm.
Ultrasonic ring-type autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and silent autofocus action.
Full-time manual focus override enables precise manual focus at any time, even in AF mode. This is particularly useful when shooting macro for final critical focus.
Internal focus system does not extend lens barrel during focus and a three-element floating optical system results in excellent delineation at all focal lengths.
A minimum focus distance of 7.8" (20cm).
A truly circular aperture diaphragm for natural highlights and pleasing out-of-focus background.
Accepts both MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite.
Super Spectra special lens coatings minimize reflections, ghosting and flare.
Performance
Focal Length 60mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 96 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 24° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (19.99 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 12/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.87 x 2.75" (73 x 69.8 mm)
Weight 11.8 oz (335 g)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
  • E-52U 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 426 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (332)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (90)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (311)
    • Easily interchangeable (236)
    • Consistent output (235)
    • Lightweight (228)
    • Strong construction (167)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (50)
    • Poor in low light (24)
    • Heavy (17)
    • Lens creep (7)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (270)
    • Low light (83)
    • Portraits (66)
    • Weddings (64)
    • Landscape/scenery (61)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (168), Semi-pro photographer (75), Enthusiast (60), Casual photographer (50), Semi-professional (19)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (224), Yes (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Macro and great price!

    I've been using this lens for a few weeks now and am impressed. This lens is very sharp and is reasonably fast. Image quality is great. Chromatic aberration is almost nonexistent with this...Read complete review

    I've been using this lens for a few weeks now and am impressed. This lens is very sharp and is reasonably fast. Image quality is great. Chromatic aberration is almost nonexistent with this lens even in very high contrast scenes (snowy mountain in direct sunlight contrasted by shade from large trees).
    Autofocus is fast and accurate in most conditions with the exception of low light scenes - which I expected.
    One thing I don't like is that the build quality feels inferior to my other primes (EF 85mm f/1.8 USM & EF 28mm f/1.8 USM).
    However, it is a very compact, lightweight lens which makes it easy to carry.

    I bought this lens because I wanted a lens for some occasional macro photos on some nature hikes. I was also considering the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM (as well as the L version).
    This macro lens is perfect for me because I am not so interested in macro that I could justify getting the more expensive, bulkier lenses. I need to save the space in my camera bag for my other lenses that get used more.

    If macro photography is your primary interest and can afford it, you are better off with the 100mm or 100mm L or the 180mm L Canon makes - all of which will allow more working distance and more diffused background blur.

    If you only need macro sometimes and like to pack as little weight as possible, this lens is a great choice.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Macros...and Portraits!

    So I wanted a Macro Lens for my Canon 60D. The EF 100 Macro seemed like a good choice, but 160mm (considering the 1.6X crop factor) seemed too much. I was right...Read complete review

    So I wanted a Macro Lens for my Canon 60D. The EF 100 Macro seemed like a good choice, but 160mm (considering the 1.6X crop factor) seemed too much. I was right (for my needs). The 60mm gives me good room to work AND surprisingly has a FANTASTIC bokeh for portraits. Beautifully shaped round highlights makes almost any portrait a masterpiece! The fast aperture gives you room to work with low ISO and adequate shutter speed. The downside of this great piece of glass is the slow autofocus (which one could expect given the greater range of focus).

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    4.0

    Macro lens

    By Lindsay

    from Phoenix, AZ

    Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

    This lens is definitely worth the value. This macro lens is able to capture all the detail of eye, plant, or anything else photographers may want to capture up close. The lens does have a tendency of not focusing well with the auto focus but can fix it with Manual focus. Otherwise great lens!

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    5.0

    outstanding deal and great product

    By MK

    from VA

    Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

    The lens arrived in excellent condition and is a great deal. It takes outstanding photos. Shipping was fast to boot.

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    5.0

    Great portrait/general use/macro lens

    By Max

    from Abilene TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

      Paired this lens with a SL-1 and both canon pancake lens to use as a motorcycle carry kit. This one sees the most use of the three, and produces exemplary results.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great buy!

      By SS

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

      Great for product photography! So happy we made the switch to the macro lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

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

      By Sara T

      from California

      Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

      I was given this lens as a Christmas gift and I absolutely love it. Every product I have purchased from B&H has been off the highest quality, and this lens is no different. This lens allows the photographer to have complete control over which details to capture and provides such a smooth interface for macro shooting. Details in my photos are crisp and the color captured in my photos is unbelievable. So far I have no complaints.

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      5.0

      Well made Canon macro

      By Darby

      from San Luis Obispo

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Well Made

      Cons

      • none noted

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

      Purchased to build a library image files on components used in prototype test and production devices.

      The lens is well priced and meets the needs of the job at hand.

      No complaints.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Sweet Lens!

      By Amillionphotos

      from Northern Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

        I use this lens for intimate flower photos, mostly indoors with the Canon 70D. I'm very pleased.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very Sharp Lens

        By qBert5

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

            I bought this lens for product photography because of its sharpness (see the DxO website for comparisons). For the money it is a very sharp lens. The fixed focal length requires a little more setup, but is a good length for studio items up to about 18".

            Being a EF-S lens, it is also small, but then it won't work with full frame cameras. Works well with the D70.

            I did find that the autofocus doesn't always do the job, but mostly (90% of the time) it can autofocus even with only the modeling lights in a studio. The focusing issue seems less related to the amount of light than the particular length to subject.

            Build quality is good. Although I haven't done much macro or landscape photography with this lens, it seems fine for that.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome Lens!!

            By East to West Photography

            from Ashford, WV

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

            I use this lens when I do close up nature photography and it is just awesome. The pictures come out exactly like I picture them to be from a macro. The awesome part about this lens is that its not just a macro photography lens but can also be used as a portrait lens, so it is very versatile. It is quite a bit heavier than I had anticipated but that doesn't deter from how awesome it shoots. If you want a fairly low budget macro option for your Canon this lens is for you.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sharp Macro Lens

            By M

            from Delaware

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

              I used the EF-S 60mm Macro to take pictures of flowers at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. The lens worked very well and the pictures were sharp. I was using the camera hand held. I tried several different f stop settings and noticed some of the larger ones such as f2.8 to 3.5 seemed to give better results.

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              • No

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              5.0

              love the lens

              By Jeannie

              from Spring Hill Fl

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • None yet

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

              I love the lens and I am experimenting with it everyday. I bought it to do macro shots of various things. Having fun!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Take the 1:1 plunge

              By Garry

              from Waterbury, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                  Before purchasing this lens I scoured the reviews on many other Macro lenses here at BH. Narrowing it down to the Canon 60mm, 100mm, and 180mm. I really wanted to get sharp nature/butterfly photos that would reveal details that our eyes cannot see. I personally let my camera determine the exposure, Sorry!, and use the auto-focus. I also love to zoom to get my ideal shot. So since all the lenses are of high quality, I decided to get the 60mm. I feel that having every photo be a comparatively tight shot would not be the best first step into macro for me. Of course now I have been forced into the art of manual focusing. It is a lot of fun. Many of my photos are in focus at 100% magnification, (using a tripod, with a ball head, and 2 second delay). As a side note I think that the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens, and Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens will not fit my Canon EOS Rebel XSi, but I was still considering them, and would need a second body.

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                  5.0

                  Meeting expectations

                  By Roger53

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                    I've only used the product for a couple of weeks, but first results meet/exceed my expectations. My interest is in close up shots of flowers and insects. I've learned: (1) the lens does a far better job than my 17-55mm f2.8 lens (as well it should), (2) DOF is very shallow, (3) and hand-held shots are a real challenge for the 4-15" range. I think my next purchase will be a tripod/monopod because some shots will have to be manual focus (near impossible for a hand-hold).

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So glad I went with this lens.

                    By gregm

                    from Nazareth, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                      Have had the lens for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. Very smooth focusing, have used manual focus more than auto. Auto focus is quiet and quick.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A beautifully sharp lens.

                      By Jimages, Inc.

                      from Toledo, OH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Crisp Focus
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                        Paired with my Canon 7D, this lens captures outstanding detail and its depth-of-field control makes it a true artist's tool. Even wide open, the images are crisp. Using it as a prime lens for video also means precise image control. The Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 is a great lens for copying & archiving old photos, shooting macro nature shots as well as for shooting portraits.

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                        5.0

                        I think I found my new primary lens

                        By BillMFD3

                        from NYC and Laguna Beach

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                          Purchased this lens for macro work. I already have the kit 135mm canon and Tamika 11-16mm wide angle lens for my Canon 70D. This lens looks like the perfect lens to keep on the camera unless you need a wide angle or zoom.
                          Ive used it so far for portraits and closeups on flowers. Took me a bit of time to get used to it as you need to either have a tripod or a steady hand to get the focus during macros spot on.
                          Color and detail on portraits are very nice and clear.
                          The lens seems well buit and its a Canon lens so no wories with quality as far as I can tell.
                          I do video work as well and intend to use this for HD video too as it focus is fast and quiet.

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                          5.0

                          Great for closeup

                          By bongo

                          from Oregon

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                            Really happy with our new lense. Shows great detail for close up.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            What's not to love?

                            By Serenity

                            from Willits, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                              I take a lot of nature photos, and love to capture details that only macro can do. This lens does a great job and I've been enjoying using it!

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                              • No

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Fab Macro Sharp as a Tack

                              By bassrep

                              from Ellicott City MD

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Crystal Clear Macro Snaps
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                              • NONE

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Product photos

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                              I purchased this to replace my 100mm Canon 1:1 for Film SLRs (about 20 years old?). This to go with my not so state of the art but very functional Canon EOS xSi which I love. I take photos of fishing flies (lures) and guitar parts as well as complete instruments. So far I am LOVING this lens. The old 100mm was very fussy about focusing macro shots. This 60mm is NOT. I can "set it and forget it" if I need some quick, down and dirty shots for the web. Or for more detailed stuff, as long as I use the tripod, the auto is great or I can flip it to manual and position the depth of field exactly where I want it. At the price, totally worth it!

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                              4.0

                              Simple and fun

                              By Codes

                              from California

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

                                This lens is simple, and easy to use. Before I bought it I made sure to read the reviews, and some said that it was heavy and clunky, but I disagree. It's a great lens relative to it's price. It's a great starter macro.

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