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

(based on 448 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (349)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (94)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (319)
  • Consistent output (245)
  • Easily interchangeable (244)
  • Lightweight (235)
  • Strong construction (172)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (283)
  • Low light (89)
  • Weddings (68)
  • Landscape/scenery (66)
  • Portraits (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (173), Semi-pro photographer (77), Enthusiast (60), Casual photographer (50), Semi-professional (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (236), 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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5.0

Perfect lens for what I needed

By Zavman

from Richland WA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens for both fun and work. Fun to get detailed shots of insects and helped me take pictures of jewelry markings for pieces I had to sell. Shots come out very sharp on my 70D.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

a good lens, hard to use

By Uldis

from New York City

Verified Buyer

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

I use the lens to take close-up photos of insects. The problem I am having is a very shallow depth of field; increasing thew f-stop does not solve the problem. With a tripod, the area in focus is very sharp and finely detailed. The lens can also be used for general, all-purpose photography. The problem in this mode is getting a medium-telephoto view, and this cannot be corrected by a zoom. I miss the 50mm macro lens on my old Nikon when I was doing film photography.

 
4.0

GREAT!

By Michele

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Big thanks to you for lens! It is perfect!!! I am sure that I will purchase one more soon

 
4.0

Great lens, but can't just shoot

By FEI

from NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I compared the 60mm to 100mm, and besides cost difference and weight ( + for 60) and macro shooting distance + for 100) , My differentiator was the ability to shoot macros without a tripod. Well, you can't. You need a tripod, or to keep it on the ground, table or wherever. A great lens, and I saved money, and weight...The 100 is a better lens, but obviously more $$$ and weight. I've attached a photo from my 60

 
5.0

excellent lens for my purpose

By Fredphoto

from SC

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens to photograph older b & w negatives by placing the negatives on an Artograph light pad. It has worked fine for that purpose, and I am satisfied with the digital prints from this process. I am making 8 x 10 prints only.

 
4.0

This is an excellent lens.

By Dave

from Warren, MI

Verified Buyer

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

We use it for photography in failure analysis of automotive parts.

 
5.0

Does the job

By CJK

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

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

The EF-S 60mm f/2.8 performs as expected of a Canon lens. No problems with the focus and the images are sharp.

 
5.0

Great for close-up shots of insects, coins, or whatever!

By Noah

from Santa Cruz, California

Verified Buyer

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

This is exactly the lens I was looking for! I have a T6S, and wanted to get close-up shots of various plant life, insects, and my coin collection. This fits the price range and quality I was looking for. It might be wise to get a lens greater than 60mm if you plan on taking photos of skittish bugs like butterflies or bees, but that would be the only reason why I'd get some other product.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By MWright

from Hilliard, OH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I just started in the world of Macro photography. I began with extension tubes which are very good and practical. However this lens makes Macro photography a good deal easier. The price is very reasonable.
    Also, as an aside, B & H Photo was very helpful and went above and beyond from a customer service perspective in solving an issue I had with Canon.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By Jenny

    from Tennessee

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

    I have been really happy with my purchase. There is definitely a learning curve where macro is concerned, but this is a great lens. I have enjoyed using it. It makes some great creative shots. Very pleased with my purchase

     
    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By The Adventurous Silversmith

    from Souther California

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I am upping my game with a new DSLR and this lens. I use this lens to take macro pictures of my metal work and my husbands mineral collection and now it is effortless. I can get images of the tiniest details, crystals and mineral formations. But I can also use it to take pictures of the cat!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Another keeper!

      By Shark

      from San Mateo, Ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Underwater Macro

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

      Though I am going to use this lens for some macro shots on surface or underwater, for now I am going prepare it for dive and travel purpose.

      I had couple of test shot last weekend while diving in Monterey California with visibility near zero (okay may be 1-2 feet of viz. This lens worked very well. I would recommend this lens for underwater macro as well as topside macro work.

      B & H once again shipped this to me very fast, all came in well packed package. Well done B & H and thanks understanding your customer's needs!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Sharp and Versatile Lens

      By Halfhoff

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Macro
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Focus Hunts At Times
      • Noisy For Video

      Best Uses

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

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

      I purchased this lens to compliment my Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Lens as I wanted a lens to fill the gap below telephoto and my Sigma. The 60mm field of view equivalent on my Canon T5i (700D) is 96mm which is great for portraits and pets.

      The macro setting was another reason to buy and frankly I'm loving its capability. For product shots to the creepy bugs and flowers it's awesome.

      The images have been pretty sharp as well.

      This isn't a great lens for video as the USM motor is kind of loud when focusing. I find the lens focus-hunts a bit in lower light. I'm giving it 5 stars though because of its versatility, low cost and sharp imagery.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Another winner from Canon

      By Randall

      from Ormond Beach, Florida

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

      • No Stabilization

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Wanted a great macro and "medium" length lens to keep on my 7-D- mkII as a "walk around lens". This almost perfect. Wish that it did have stabilization, but absent that it's darn near perfect. As always, great sales staff at B & H.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Indispensable macro lens!

      By psdavi01

      from combs,ky

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

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

        Nature close ups.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        First Macro Lens

        By Lindsay Nicole

        from Flagstaff, AZ

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This lens was a bit rough to get used to at first. But the more I use it, the more I absolutely fall in love with this lens. It takes great macro shots, but you do have to stand fairly close to what you are taking a photo of in order to take the shot. This is perfect for weddings for the fine detail, water drops, and flowers but would not suggest this lens for those that are wanting to take photos of insects or hummingbirds at a distance.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Macro for the money

          By ianfotos

          from College park MD

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          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
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Very easy to use excellent sharpness,wonderful booked

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice lens for food photography

            By itnAAnti

            from Watertown, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Food photography
              • Macro Photography

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

              My wife shoots food photography, and uses this lens almost exclusively, paired with a Canon 7D Mark II. We borrowed this lens along with several other lenses for a couple of months before making this purchase, so we are pretty confident this is the best lens out there for her shooting style. (Which is indoor, handheld, natural lighting, up-close, macro food photography... nearly all of the pictures on her blog[@] were shot with this lens.) The AF is fast and quiet, and the pictures come out very sharp.I wish there were an L-series lens with about 100mm FF equivalent at a 1.6x crop factor, but this one is pretty close with full time manual focus and good optics.Highly recommended for similar purposes.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lens for the Canon 7D Mark ii for Macro lens.

              By KC

              from Palm Springs , California

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                As far as the research shows, this is the BEST macro lens for 1.6 crop cameras. Amazing focus, suprisingly sharp and clean photos even in low light with tripod and slider. I would recommend this over the L series for the Canon 7D Mark ii as it works better with it and is a FIVE STAR LENS. Already using it for product photography after 15 years of not shooting macro.

                I was taking great pictures with this within 30 minutes of getting this lens earlier this week. If you have macro work to do and you have a Canon crop camera then don't think of anything but this lens. Love it already.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great macro lens

                By Ticket

                from Wyandote, mi

                About Me Photography Student

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Fantastic performance, excellent detail on even the smallest subjects.
                  Every other lens felt like a bottleneck for detail coupled with my 7d, this one gets the job done with a reasonable price tag.
                  Fixed all my mfd hurtles, wish I bought it sooner.

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