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

You Pay: $469.00
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Offer Ends: AUG 30 '14
Price after Rebate: $419.00
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"

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
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
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    CanonEF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 414 reviews)

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      (88)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (307)
    • Consistent output (230)
    • Easily interchangeable (230)
    • Lightweight (224)
    • Strong construction (161)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (49)
    • Poor in low light (24)
    • Heavy (16)
    • Lens creep (7)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (263)
    • Low light (79)
    • Portraits (66)
    • Weddings (63)
    • Landscape/scenery (58)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (165), Semi-pro photographer (71), Enthusiast (60), Casual photographer (49), Semi-professional (19)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (216), Yes (31)

    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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    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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      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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        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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              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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                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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                  5.0

                  Underwater Macro

                  By ZSA

                  from Olympia, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sick

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I use the lens for underwater photography and I must say I wish this was the first lens I bought! it works great in my Ikelite UW houseing and 5502 flat port, and since it is only 60mm no zoom gear is needed (you can use the zoom gear for a manual focus if you are crafty). the auto focus is great however you will need a UW focusing light for sure.

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                    5.0

                    So far, so good!

                    By Adonna

                    from Ankeny, Iowa

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

                    I love the clarity offered by this lens. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to use it but no regrets!

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                    4.0

                    Solid performance

                    By Camperjim

                    from Traveling

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

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

                      I guess I would give this lens 5 stars if it had image stabilization, but then it would also cost a lot more. I bought this for my wife. I have had mine for about 5 years. It is great for up to 1:1 macro. The image quality is very good. It is small, easy to carry and inexpensive. It also makes a good portrait lens. Some photographers want a longer focal length macro so they have a longer working distance. I find the working distance to be acceptable and the shorter distance gives an unusual perspective to my macro images

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Stunning image quality for the price.

                      By No right brain

                      from Indiana

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Won't Fit Full Frame Body

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraiture
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I wish this lens fit on my 5D. I ended up selling it and really miss it. The resolution of this lens as a portrait lens on the APS bodies is fantastic. Near perfect depth of field. Colors just seem to jump out with the lens. For the price this is absolutely a must have lens.

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                      5.0

                      Glad I chose this lens

                      By Janie

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        First off, let me say thank you to B & H and UPS. I ordered this lens on Dec 22 and received it on Dec 24, just in time for Christmas. I debated for many months between the Tamron 60mm f2.0, the Canon Compact Macro 50mm f2.5 and this lens. The deciding factor was the samples of pictures others have posted in their reviews. The quality of pictures seemed much better with this lens, and so far I have no complaints. It's a very quiet focusing lens and takes great up-close shots. The focus hunts a little in low light, but since I use manual focus anyway, this is not much of a problem. The second reason I decided on this lens over the 50mm is that I photograph mainly pets and landscape/flowers. I can get up close and personal with the detail and still use this lens as a portrait lens when needed. Overall, I am very happy and satisfied that I made the right choice.

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By TofSanity

                        from Tulsa, OK

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I really enjoy this lens! I haven't found any cons yet so everything is a PRO. Seriously, a great macro lens!

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                          5.0

                          Thanks to John at B&H

                          By magicalrx

                          from Escondido, Ca

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          I got this lens for my wife who is pretty good at this stuff. I am sure she will be happy using her new lens on her 7d. She likes spiders and flowers and just close up studies. John at
                          B&H was the most help as he took the time to let me know what was the best lens for her needs at a very affordable price......... Thanks Steve

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                          5.0

                          Best macro lens for Canon APS-C

                          By fvanzela

                          from Sertãozinho - SP

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography

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

                            This is the best macro lens from Canon for their croped system.

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                            5.0

                            I love this lens

                            By Bob

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                It is an excellent lens fro close up and portrait work. Easy to use and great images.

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                                4.0

                                A good and cheap alternative for macro

                                By Christian Caron

                                from Gatineau, QC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

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

                                I'm really pleased with this lens. I was interested in getting more into macro photography and I was looking at two options: the 60mm and extension tubes or the MP-E 65mm.

                                Price was not really an issue, but I made my choice based on my limited (and to be developed) experience with macro. I read a lot about the lightning issues and frustration that can happen when going into larger than 1x magnification. I didn't think I was ready for that, so off I went with the 1x to 3x instead of 1x to 5x. 3x can be challenging sometimes and the more magnification, the more challenges you're facing.

                                This lens works really great with extension tubes. There's no need to fiddle with different tubes. All you have to do is stack the three tubes and use the focus ring to "zoom" from 1x to 3x. That's it.

                                The image quality is much better than what I've seen before (lens kit). This lens is made for cropped sensors (EF-S), so there's no doubt you'll find it's not as convenient as another lens for anything else than macro photography. It does work for portrait, but you're a little bit limited because of the distance you need (60mm on crop is about 96mm). If the distance works, it makes really sharp images.

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                                5.0

                                Will this be a GREAT lens for me?

                                By Bayrose

                                from Woodland Park, NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  I am an observer and love the details of life! This lens captures them beautifully. I am a beginner so any pics not exactly the way I want them are my errors with aperture and shutter speed settings. The lens is small, well made and perfect. A review that pushed me to buy it said-"you won't be sorry" and I'll say the same! I could not afford the L series 100mm so this was my option. It is a perfect lens for macro. It also puts out wonderful landscape pics. I just wish the lens could zoom more but hey- it's a macro. Love this lens!

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent macro and all-purpose lens

                                  By Al the amateur

                                  from Richmond, VA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    I wanted a lens for up-close nature photography. This lens provides great sharpness and lets me get within inches of my subject. When coupled with Canon's MR-14EX ringlash, I can bring out incredible detail.

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