The Canon EF-S f/2.8 60mm Macro USM is a portrait-length lens designed for Canon APS-C sized DSLRs like the Canon Rebel XTi and Canon 40D. This lens has an angle of view is equivalent to a 96mm lens on a 35mm camera, with a floating optical system that can focus down to full life-size (1:1) magnification. Inner focusing, driven by a silent and powerful ring-type USM, means the lens’ overall length never changes during focus. It has frequently been heralded as L-quality glass by reviewers and in photography forums around the web.
Full body down to head/shoulders portraits are a good use for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. The 60mm f/2.8 is relatively fast compared to most consumer zooms (but slow compared to most fixed focal length lenses in the 35 to 85mm range). It is useful in lower light situations and will create a better background blur than most of the consumer zooms (shorter DOF).
Using this on a Rebel XT, this lens is amazing. As a macro lens, I use manual focus anyway, so AF hunting isn’t an issue for me. This lens produces very sharp images with a very narrow depth-of-field. Stopped down, it is sharp throughout the frame. Awesome.
So they do exist – high-performance lenses with an reduced image circle. The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro delivers an almost flawless performance. The lens is capable to provide very sharp border-to-border results with minimal distortions and low CAs. The bokeh (out-of-focus blurr) is exceptionally smooth. The only dirty spot on its otherwise clean vest is high vignetting at f/2.8 towards infinity focus but one stop down the issue is pretty much resolved. So combined with its high build quality, very fast AF and a pretty affordable price the only verdict can be … HIGHLY recommended!
Remember, however, that the minimum focus distance is measured from the sensor plane and to get a 1:1 ratio picture the front of the lens will only be some 85mm from the subject. On an APS-C sensor though, it does seem the ideal focal length for portraits and may well find a good deal of favour in that discipline.
Stacked against the comparable 4.7-inch 100mm f/2.8 macro, which provides a similar field of view on full-frame cameras, the 60mm seems ultracompact, and is a superb example of the physical benefits of going digital-only. The USM-driven AF action is fast and almost absolutely silent and manual focus action is well-damped. Optically, the 60mm is among the best lenses we’ve tested.
Where to Buy
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