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Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS

You Pay: $524.00
Product Highlights
  • For Use With Canon EOS D-SLR Cameras
  • 1:1 Macro
  • Fast f/2.0 Lens
  • Designed for APC-Sized Imagers

The Tamron SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro is a medium telephoto macro lens designed for APS-C size digital SLR cameras. It boasts a fast maximum aperture of f/2.0. The SP AF 60mm f/2.0 covers an equivalent angle of view of 96mm when converted to the 35mm format. With a fast maximum aperture, this macro delivers dramatically attractive blurred background effects. The amazing feature of this lens is that it offers 1:1 magnification. The object you're shooting a close-up of is the same size as the image on the digital sensor.

Designed for APS-C Sized Cameras
This lens is designed so the size of the lens' image circle matches that of smaller-size image sensors. In the compact design, it is almost comparable to a lens offering the same angles of view in 35mm film format.
True To Life Macro Capture
This lens offers 1:1 "True" Macro ability for life-size macro capture. Or in other words, the object you're shooting a close-up of - such as an insect or delicate plant life - is the same size as the image on the digital sensor, aka true-to-life capture.
Create Dramatic Effects
With a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, this macro can help deliver dramatic blurred background effects.
Long Working Distance
The working distance of the lens is approximately 100mm which should help the photographer stand a comfortable distance away from the subject to prevent, for example, scaring away a shy bug he or she is photographing. The long working distance of this 60mm Macro is also designed to prevent capturing the shadow of the lens barrel.
Performance
Focal Length 60mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 26° - 11°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.06" (23 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 14/10
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.87 x 3.15" (73 x 80 mm)
Weight 13.40 oz (380 g)
Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS
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    TamronG005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS
     
    4.7

    (based on 43 reviews)

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      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (28)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Nice bokeh (27)
    • Easily interchangeable (24)
    • Durable (18)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (15)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (42)
    • Low light (25)
    • Weddings (14)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Wildlife photos (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Really nice lens

    Just started getting back in to SLR photography after years away from my old Pentax K1000 and using nothing but point and shoots lately. I have this lens and the Tamron 18-270 VC...Read complete review

    Just started getting back in to SLR photography after years away from my old Pentax K1000 and using nothing but point and shoots lately. I have this lens and the Tamron 18-270 VC PZD to go with my new Canon T3i. The few macro shots I have taken so far of leaves, strawberries, etc look amazing. The focus does tend to hunt a little but I have not relied on the auto focus for the final focus anyway. The lens also produces really nice bokeh at f/2.0. Don't let the focus issues myself and others have mentioned stop you from considering this lens. Overall this is a great lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    AF system noisy, slow, and hunts

    I was attracted to this lens because of it's f2.0 aperture. The lens is plenty sharp but the AF is slow, noisy, and often "hunts even in decent light. That's my only...Read complete review

    I was attracted to this lens because of it's f2.0 aperture. The lens is plenty sharp but the AF is slow, noisy, and often "hunts even in decent light. That's my only complaint, but it's an important one and I returned it for that reason. Build quality is decent.

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    5.0

    Great Lens, Great Value!!

    By Muy muy

    from Westchester, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

      Already have 2 zoom lenses and needed a lens that would work well for portaits and have macro for floral shots

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      5.0

      GREAT LENSE

      By trigger

      from Bristol, Tennessee

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

        Tamron makes great lenses. I have used them with 35mm cameras such as the Canon A-1 and the Nikon F-3HP and have found them to be clear and sharp. They are easy to use and usually at a better price than Canon and Nikon lenses. As a Crime Scene Photographer for the Bristol Tennessee Police Department I became very adept at 1:1, micro, and macro photography which has carried over into my retirement years as a hoby. I now enjoy photographing nature and searching for unususal plant, animal, and insect life. I have found this lense to be easy to use and a great addition to the Canon 60D camera I am now using. The photographs I take are unusually clear and sharp with a wide renge of applications. The lense is light weight and rugged, focuses easy, and is simple to use. I really have found no down side to the lense at all. I would recomend the product to anyone who enjoys this type of photography.

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        5.0

        Great addition to a creative system

        By Trigger

        from Bristol, Tennessee

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

          If you are into macro photography this lense is clear and sharp & easy to use. It is easy to manually focus and quick when you want to use auto focus. I was a CSI photographer before I retired from the Police department and that requires clear & sharp 1:1 ratio photography as well as micro photography. I only wished I would have had this lense back then. I have found the quality of the Tamron lenses rivals any other lense I have used including Canon & Nikon but the price is more reasonable. I also own a Tamrom AF 70-300mm 1:4-%.6 Tele-Macro and have been very pleased with It's performance,
          Trigg McNew

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          5.0

          Super sharp

          By Peter J

          from Enola Pa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

            I love this lens!!!!Super sharp macro shots.I also like the landscape shots I've taken..from one end to the other..close up shots to landscape ...this is one great lens for the price

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Bill Sample

            from Charlotte NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

              Advanced Amateur lens was purchased mainly for product pictures to be used in internet websites. Image quality exceeded my expectations. Tack sharp and able to obtain a very shallow depth of field.Great Bokeh.

              Build quality seems solid for a lens in this price range. I have the same issue of focus seeking in macro but I would not fault the lens for this. When I use under high light conditions it seems to lock right on. Probably caused by smaller C size of the image sensor in my Cannon 7d. Not really a big deal I just pop it into manual or use a reflector to increase the light.

              I would recommend it to my friends.

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              5.0

              fantastic lens

              By Chris

              from High Point, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                Researched mid range lenses for several months. Had decided on either the Sigma 85mm f1.4 or the lower cost Canon 85mm f1.8. Then read about this lens with the fast speed and macro ability and read as much about it as I could find. Read on a chat room that 60mm was much better for interior photos than 85mm on a APS-C camera. Decided to give it a try, and I don't regret it a bit. Wonderful macro shots and inside pics of grandkids without a flash are super. Highly recommend this lens.

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                4.0

                nice lens

                By me

                from or

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                  takes very sharp macro shots. focuses to infinity but is best as macro. i used it in gym at f2 for the poor lighting. worked well but auto focus not made for fast action. i dropped this lens from less than 2 feet on gravel road and it broke (would not focus)thankfuly it was within 30 days and i was able to return it. i bought a new 1 be extra careful they are fragile. but takes awesome macro shots. buy from company with good return policy!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  5.0

                  Really nice lens

                  By Brian

                  from North Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Focus search

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                  Just started getting back in to SLR photography after years away from my old Pentax K1000 and using nothing but point and shoots lately. I have this lens and the Tamron 18-270 VC PZD to go with my new Canon T3i. The few macro shots I have taken so far of leaves, strawberries, etc look amazing. The focus does tend to hunt a little but I have not relied on the auto focus for the final focus anyway. The lens also produces really nice bokeh at f/2.0. Don't let the focus issues myself and others have mentioned stop you from considering this lens. Overall this is a great lens.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple, Clear and Awesome

                  By Aardvark

                  from Twin Cities, Minnesota

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                    Great lense for getting up close and personal. Simple and effective and takes sharp, crisp pictures. Auto focus a little twitchy in low light, but I don't use it with this lense.

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                    5.0

                    Really Happy with the Lens

                    By 7D on the Move

                    from DE

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                    I have been really happy with the picture quality that I have gotten out of this lens. The AF can be a little finicky, but this is my first true macro lens and I understand they can be that way. I just switch to manual focus when it comes to those scenarios. The manual focus is really nice.

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                    4.0

                    Great Portrait Lens

                    By Uncle Earl

                    from Saratoga, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Good wide open
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Very slight edge softness

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portrait
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                    Looking for a fast portrait lens? Tamron has done well with this one. Very sharp wide open with just a bit of decentering that softens the image near one edge of the frame. Macro performance is equally satisfying. Nice and lightweight but solid construction. Plastic with a metal mount, of course, but good quality. Autofocus fast and quiet. Large rotation manual focus provides tight microcontrol. Good contrast and minimal flare. A pleasure to use.

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                    5.0

                    Tamron for Canon

                    By CindiT

                    from Toms River, New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                      Bought this lens for my rebel xs. Am taking photography classes at a local community college, thus I am quite "entry-level". Have turned in a portfolio for a class using this lens. Bought this because I didn't have the money for the canon 100 mm IS lens that I really wanted!! This is a great lens. Have been quite satisfied with the results. The professor doesn't like off-brand lenses but he was impressed with this one. It's a winner for entry level users.

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                      5.0

                      Solid Construction

                      By Paul

                      from NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                      Works well as a fast prime with a little longer focal length which is nice in some situations. Great portrait lens and fast enough to shoot in low light at parties, weddings, etc.

                      Macro is sharp though I have not used it a lot.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful well constructed

                      By Lou

                      from Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                        There are no conceivable concerns

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                        4.0

                        Great lens, just short of spectacular!

                        By Jacob

                        from Avon Park

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                        Great optically, very sharp low distortion.
                        Very light. The only 2 things that hurt this lens are no image stabilization and mediocre auto focus performance. The lens will hunt for focus for quite a while before locking the focus.

                        Other than that it is a great lens, great for macro and for portraits.

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                        5.0

                        Works for me

                        By Filya

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                        Good choice for macro photo. Focusing is kind of slow, but it works fine for regular distances; for macro I use manual focus.

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                        5.0

                        Wow, what an addition to my camera bag!!

                        By Lin the Grandmother

                        from Tracy, California

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                        I recently purchased the SP AF60mm f/2.0 Macro, another great Tamron lens for my collection. I have a 17-55 f/2.8 wide angle zoom and a 28-300 f3.6-5.6 telephoto that I love. Little did I realize that my little Macro lens was soon to become my FAVORITE tool. I have discovered the wonders of the MACRO world when paired with a Canon 60-D. The detail and clarity of the subject is amazing. It took about 1 hour to figure out how to use this lens for both Macro and Landscape photography.
                        The only difficulty I had was with the auto focus,it was slow or not at all depending on the subject or background. I am accustomed to using auto focus and vibration control with my other lenses,however, the manual mode with this lens identifies when I have secured acurate focus so it is a win win. I don't miss vibration control either.
                        I will continue to support Tamron products the price range and quality meet my needs and the photographs that I can produce a comparable to the professional shots that I aspire to create.

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                        5.0

                        Very nice lens

                        By GQ

                        from CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                          Super macro lens that is super fast. Focus is fine given the size of the objects and the central point f focus up close. Also nice and light weight.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Lens

                          By DaisyRunner

                          from Lincoln, NE

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                            I have been using this lens since the moment I got it. I have used it both indoors and out to take still shots, landscapes and to photograph people. It takes such a sharp macro photo I couldn't ask for a better product. The only thing I wish it had was a better user guide. I wasn't familiar with how to use a macro although it is easy to use, I prefer to read and learn.

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                            5.0

                            Satisfied Customer!

                            By Novice Jon

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • F2 is awesome
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Very Sharp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Tamron G005 SP AF60mm f/2.0 Di II LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon EOS:

                              I am a pretty novice photographer - I got my first dslr (canon 60D) a few months ago and have been using the kit lens since (18-135 IS). So my experience with other lenses to compare this to is very limited.

                              That said, I am happy with my purchase. I got this lens because I wanted to be able to take macro photos and also have a good general use/portrait lens. I am finding it is great for both. The f2.0 is fantastic for giving portraits that 'meaningful' look via the blurred background - as well as keeping shutter speeds fast in relatively low light situations. At f2.0 I am finding it is still very sharp - it seems noticeably more so over the kit lens I was using.

                              For macro, I am totally new and still trying to work on technique. Even so, I am taking some decent pictures. With this lens you apparently get a little more working distance compared to other 60mm macros - around 4 inches. I've been able to creep up that close to bugs without disturbing them - though I'm sure a longer lens would make it easier. Outdoors during the day, even in the shade or on overcast days, I am finding that I can stop the lens down to f9 or f11, sometimes higher and still take sharp handheld photos. And of course if I am having trouble getting the shot blur free I can go as open as f2.0 and sacrifice some depth of field. Don't listen to people who tell you that you must use a tripod to take decent macro photos - they are wrong! I've seen some fantastic macro shots that were handheld and having to set up a tripod can be very prohibitive.

                              In good lighting, the autofocus is fast and accurate. The motor is not silent, but relatively quiet - the only situations I could see it being a problem is in scaring off a bug that is 4" from the front of the lens - but even then it still may not matter and chances are at that close you will be manually focusing anyway. In very low light conditions or when you are pointed at a solid colored object, like a wall or something, the lens will sometimes hunt for focus and may not be able to find it at all. This is of course also true of my kit lens, and I'm guessing pretty similar for any lens. The full time manual control is great - when the lens is autofocusing the focus ring does not turn, and if it misses you can just grab the ring and adjust it. One thing to point out is that it takes quite a lot of turning to focus from 1:1 macro to infinity. This means it can be slow to get from one end to the other manually. It also means more control, though mostly on the macro side. At 1:1 the focus scale shows .75ft (.23m) - with the ring turned about halfway you're only at around 1.25ft (.4m). I would say this makes sense though, I tend to use autofocus a lot more for portraits or more distant shots, whereas for closeups and macro work it is usually better to stick with manual for more control and nice to have that extra room on the focus ring to fine-tune.

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