Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon’s 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens is suitable for any Canon D-SLR that uses the EF-S lens mount, such as the 550D, 7D and more recent 60D.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Like any Canon D-SLR that features an APS-C sized sensor, there’s the 1.6x crop factor to consider so the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro works out at a 96mm f/2.8 macro in 35mm terms.

Despite being six years old, the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro doesn’t show its age and sports a relatively compact, modern-looking design. As you’d expect for a macro lens at this price point, it features an internal AF system that prevents the front element rotating when focusing and the focus ring itself is finely grooved, making it easy to grip when adjusting focus manually.

The focus ring is beautifully balanced and this makes it all the easier to find the sweet spot of focus. On the side of the barrel the MF/AF switch is slightly raised to ease operation if you’re wearing gloves in cold conditions, and it features a metal lens mount at the rear to enhance longevity. Inheriting Canon’s Ultrasonic Motor (USM) technology, AF performance was whisper quiet in use and went about its business both accurately and quickly when paired with an EOS 7D. There’s very little – if anything – to fault with this macro lens and it sets the bar very high.


  • Street price: £349 (As of July 2016)
  • Dimensions: 73 x 69.8mm
  • Weight: 335g
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This review was first published in the February 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.