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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro

 
Pat
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Nov 23, 2006 02:41 |  #1

Has anyone used this lens? would like to see some photos and opinions.


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Nov 23, 2006 03:18 |  #2

I don't think anyone has ever used this lens.  :p


Kidding, I have it and it's one of my favourites. A great focal length, since it's only very slightly tele (equiv of about 90mm), it's superb for so many applications - portraits, landscape, general purpose...oh yeah, and macro.

It's fast at 2.8, has really nice build, and EXTREMELY sharp! Perhaps my sharpest lens. Awesome size and weight too. I think the ONLY problem I have with it is that it's focussing is slightly on the slow side (fast for a macro, but macro lenses tend to be slightly slower for that extra accuracy. Or something). Oh, it has reaosonably bad light fall off at 2.8, but only when taking non-macro.

Some unedited samples:

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Pat
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Nov 23, 2006 03:45 as a reply to  @ mrkgoo's post |  #3

Thanks for that! I am impressed :)


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J ­ Rabin
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Nov 23, 2006 07:09 as a reply to  @ Pat's post |  #4

People who carp about EF-S lenses carp. People who use this lens recognize its optical performance is truly something special in Canon's lens lineup. This is my writeup:http://postit.rutgers.​edu …ro%5FWork%5FDis​tance1.pdf (external link).
Here's a typical shot: http://aesop.rutgers.e​du …yBreeding_DMerr​itt_52.htm (external link)

I am an old 1970s Olympus OM guy (great macro optics for those remembering the 90mm f/2) who became a Nikon guy in the autofocus 90s and appreciated Nikon's 60mm f/2.8 micro Nikkor for portability, who became a never look back Canon digital guy, and waited to Canon to make a 60mm macro.
They did. Just happens to be EF-S. This lens is so good, alone it made me keep an APS-C sensor body instead of moving to a 5D! It trounces the 60mm micro Nikkor and even the legendary Oly 90 f/2 in performance. It's that good.
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kidpower
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Nov 23, 2006 07:20 as a reply to  @ J Rabin's post |  #5

I think the guys above said it all. It's an oustanding lens. I only rarely shoot macro with it and use it for general out and about photos.

It has a perfect, solid feel on my XT, and is very very sharp.




  
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Nov 23, 2006 07:28 |  #6

J Rabin wrote in post #2303065 (external link)
They did. Just happens to be EF-S. This lens is so good, alone it made me keep an APS-C sensor body instead of moving to a 5D! It trounces the 60mm micro Nikkor and even the legendary Oly 90 f/2 in performance. It's that good.
Jack


That's why I am having such a difficult time deciding whether I want to sell this lens to move to the 100mm macro. Its performance is absolutely mind blowing - and this little EF-S lens scares all the L's in my gear bag.

I like it so much I adapted it to fit the 1D 1.3X crop factor platform, although I did not succeed in moving it to full frame because the mirror is simply too big to clear the rear element.

Interesting observation: It DOES NOT vignette on a 1D. There is enough image area that completely black vignetting is absent, although there is minor light falloff at normal working distances wide open (although some have noted this is a concern at f/2.8 normal tele range on a 1.6X platform too)




  
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Nov 23, 2006 08:22 as a reply to  @ Lightstream's post |  #7

Greetings,
This is the sharpest lens I had. I have to let it go very reluctantly as I upgrade to 5D. This is the parting shot. Enjoy...

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Nov 23, 2006 09:16 |  #8

as everyone has said before, its a great sharp lens. I wont part with mine.


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kidpower
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Nov 23, 2006 09:21 as a reply to  @ George Chew's post |  #9

Here is a flower shot with the 60 EFS macro. XT, F8, ISO 100, 1/40, crop, RAW, sharpened some. I shoot very little macro and there is probably camera shake in this photo as it's hard to steady the hands bending over and crouching. I should have upped the shutter speed. For the serious macro person with tripod and all that, it's capable of stunning results.


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Nov 23, 2006 12:31 |  #10

This lens is really very good indeed in all respects, including build. Ultra sharp, sharpest I've ever had, and capable of genuine 3D poppin' looking shots. AF is on the slow side and tends to hunt, but it is a Macro and they all seem to be the same. I use MF for Macro anyway.

I posted some fast and loose samples here: Click


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Nov 23, 2006 12:59 as a reply to  @ condyk's post |  #11

My Favourite Lens.

FOV is around 96mm on the crops so it equals out to the 100mm macro on a FF. An effective 100mm FOV makes it a good portraiture lens (mainly what I use it for), the bokeh is smooth and creamy - a problem you may encounter when shooting in bright light is that when you stop down to f/5.6 - f/8.0 it becomes too sharp and people might complain about the texture of their skin - isn't that a great disadvantage ... too sharp :lol:

The AF is smooth and silent ... USM ... I haven't many lenses to compare the speed to so I can't really say. In low light I use it with my flash so that it focuses with the assist light.

The lens is very well built; I've dragged mine everywhere and have only have a couple of scratches. I recommend getting the hood with it, it’s very good, and protects the lens well (of course remove for macro) - also flare is very well controlled, even without the hood.

If you want a good macro lens (may be too short for some insects ... its more an object macro lens) that can double up for portraiture, tack sharp, well built, cheap, good bokeh, go for this one.

Here is my gallery - all the pics are with this lens:

http://beta.zooomr.com​/photos/ilia (external link)

Have a look here at some 100% crops with modest sharpening applied in PS (shot in RAW):

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Nov 23, 2006 14:18 |  #12

There's been a couple of times when I've thought of selling my 60 macro but then I look back on some of the images it produces and I quickly come to my senses. It's an amazing lens and probably one of the sharpest lenses I've ever used.


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kevin_c
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Nov 23, 2006 14:23 |  #13

As everyone else has said - Get it! I use mine mainly for portraits (human & cats!) but it is a great macro as well :-)


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Max ­ Err
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Nov 23, 2006 14:48 |  #14

great lens no doubt, I bought it to pair to my 135L when shooting portraits in confined spaces (on 400d) - well, being great it is still not quite up to the 135L image quality - looking at 100% crops you notice the difference: at 200ISO the former produces more noise in the shadowed areas giving the image a lesser detailed look (more grainy) - this is my cautious verbalization of the lack of "magic" the 135L has and the ef-s60mm hasn't.
but if you consider the price difference it is all nonsense :) and you cant make a true macro with the 135L.

considering macro capabilities this lens is great for everything except fast and nervous insects - you must be too close to them to shoot at 60mm, so if it is the bugs you're after, consider something with a longer working distance (100,150,180 mm).

a flower at 2.8
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Nov 23, 2006 15:43 |  #15

nice


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