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Canon 50mm 1.4 or 60mm Macro

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Jun 05, 2012 23:44 |  #1

Just a quick question, which is better for my Canon 600D 50mm 1.4 or 60mm f2.8mm macro. Setting aside shooting style and other information, just plain 'choose between these two lens' to compliment my kit lens on my 600D.

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Jun 06, 2012 01:03 |  #2

My first prime lens purchase was the 60mm. I liked the option for macro, and the lens is a nice sharp lens. It is a good focal length for portraits imho. I wish it was a little faster, but f/2.8 isn't that bad. The difference between 50 and 60mm is close, so decide if you need speed or the macro.

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Jun 06, 2012 02:57 |  #3

Considering shooting style is one of the first things that comes up in lens choices, I feel it would be important to know.

However, I have the 60mm Macro and it makes an excellent portrait lens! Very sharp at any aperture and f/2.8 is good enough to get good thin depth of field. Unless you really need the speed or thinner depth of field possible with the faster f/1.4 aperture, I'd say go with the 60mm.

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Jun 06, 2012 03:06 |  #4

if you area already have the kit-lens and happy with it, then my vote goes for the 60mm 2.8 macro as well because it will give you extra focal length and also macro capability.

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Jun 06, 2012 05:18 |  #5

This question is easy. The 60mm macro may be the sharpest lens I've ever used. At 2.8 its very good. At f4 or 5.6 it's amazing. With it's great IQ, it's easy to forget it's a macro lens as well.

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Jun 06, 2012 19:32 |  #6

I had both and I used the 60 macro more often but I wish that I had bought the 100mm macro

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Jun 06, 2012 19:40 |  #7

I have the 60mm macro, and it is indeed a great lens. However, I think you are putting the cart before the horse. It is almost always a bad idea to buy a lens before you know what you want to use it for. What do you want to do that your kit lens won't do? If you want macro, the choice is obvious. If you want a much faster lens, either for speed or for narrow DOF, then maybe the 50 f/1.4, which is two stops faster. But many people who start with the kit lens want more range, e.g., for shots outdoors, and for that purpose, neither of these lenses is a good choice. for that purpose, you would do better with a 55-250, or another moderate telephoto, or maybe a longer prime.

So, I think you will get more helpful advice if you narrow down your uses more.

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Jun 07, 2012 10:55 as a reply to  @ paddler4's post |  #8

Another vote for the 60mm macro. This is an amazing lens. Even after I bought the 100mm L IS, I still kept the 60mm. It's one of the best portrait lenses you can buy for a crop body, and the fact that it also does nice 1:1 macro is just icing on the cake.

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