Canon 60mm Macro lens review


Canon 60mm Macro lens review

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Canon 60mm Macro lens review

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Canon 60mm lens review

This lens was on my imaginary to do list a long ago. After using this lens a little I really liked it. All pictures below was made handheld with a little effort. The original pictures are tack sharp no sharpening needed. The small files on the web are not really shows the real value of the lens. Consider all picture was made with a 8Mp Canon 30d camera. I guess with newer cameras with better resolution and colours this lens can produce even better images. But even on a 8Mp camera this lens produces images, that doesn’t lack anything. The pictures this lens produces are extraordinary. I am not really a macro shooter, never used a tripod for macro. Sometimes I make pictures of flowers, or insects, but my main interest is bird and wildlife photography and landscapes. With this lens you can make pictures like this without any big effort, just turn the lens on the camera and shoot. For get the best magnification out of the lens, sometimes the hood must removed not to turn shadows on the lens, because the minimal focusing distance is almost at the end of the lens.


Official name

Canon Ef-s 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon 60mm specification

Minimal focus distance:0.2m (90mm working distance)
Max reproduction ration: 1x
Aperture blades:8 rounded
Filter size:52mm
Weight:335 g
Optical formula: 12 elements in 8 groups without special elements
Hood: Canon ET 67B
Size: 73x70mm
Af: USM silent focusing
Constant physical size
Internal focusing
Compatible for Af-s converters


The Canon 60mm is an Ef-s lens is only compatible with crop sensor cameras like Digital rebels and Canon 10D,20D..70D 7d bodies. Doesn’t even fit to Full frame cameras unless someone cut the back plastic part of the lens.


If you want to categorize it the Canon 60mm is a very fine lens at any measure.

Canon 60mm range

I am a strange birder guy and somehow always want to make landscapes with any lens I test, no matter which focal length. I don’t know the reason, but with this lens first I also want to use to make landscapes. The Canon 60mm is not really meant to landscapes, but from a distance it is possible to make some compressed ones. The 60mm is a short telephoto. This focal length is very good for portraits, can be good for pets such as cats and dogs, details of cars, motorbikes, etc. Compare to longer 100 or 180 mm lenses the usage of this lens is more wide, the wider angle is more useful in general photography.


The lens hood made of hard plastic, but attachement is not proper on a lens, it has some wobbling. It is not a big problem, I am not a big fun of lens hoods anyway, and the lens not really need it, only perhaps in certain situations. With 20cm closest focusing distance the hood is making shadows on the subjects, which is much more distracting than the very rare flare problems. The number of the hood is ET 67B

Canon 60mm build quality

The lens has a reasonable build quality. The lens is small and light and a front glass is surprisingly small. The lens mostly made of good quality plastic, but not feels cheap. The manual focus turns approximately 180 degree from the 20cm closest distance to infinity.


Autofocus is quick, precise and silent. There is no limiter. Not so quick as the super quick autofocus of the Canon 135mm f/2, 200mm f/2.8, or the Canon 24-105 f/4. Even for macro distances before busy background the autofocus is quite usable in good light. To catch reasonably big even fast flying bird such as ducts is not a problem. Obviously this lens is not long enough for bird close up pictures, unless they are very close.


There are only one switch: the manual focus switch.

Canon 60mm optical quality

The is an awesome lens, don’t be fooled by the lack of “L” designation this lens mops the floor with most of the “L” lenses. The “L” lenses has a little better build quality and much higher price. This lens captures every bit of detail of the image, even if you not see.

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Sweet spot

The lens is sharp everywhere, except smallest apertures due to diffraction. The theoretical sweet spot is at f/4.


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The bokeh is awesome.

Price/performance ratio

This lens is well worth the money they want for it, if you know what to do with it. Not super cheap, but has a very good quality.

Compare to/rivals

There are lots of other macro lenses available in the market, and none of them are bad actually. Let’s see: Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro with less magnification, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro is L, Sigma 70,105,150,180mm Macro lenses, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 original and the new Tamron USD VC version, Tamron 180mm f/3.5. The alternatives are many. The longer ones gives better working distance which is perhaps preferred if the main goal is macro. Even with that this lens is very attractive, and hold its own very well, because it is small, the depth of field is better at 60mm, than longer distances, has USM focus, and excellent sharpness. The one drawback that it is not Full frame compatible, like all the other alternatives, so is life hardly always ideal.


The Canon 60mm is an excellent lens, even compare to such very high quality lenses as the Nikon 105mm vr lens for example. So good I perhaps purchase one for myself in the future. If you need this and has the budget for it, it is highly recommended !

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