Much of last year, I’ve been involved in taking close-up pictures, specially of flowers. The more close-up pictures I shot, the more the passion grew. I knew that sooner or later, I would have to plunge into macro territory. That meant buying a true 1:1 magnification macro lens. The problem was that these lenses are not cheap.
Then, by chance, I happened into an E-Bay web page announcing special deals of used photography gear. The sellers were making statements that their merchandise was nearly new and in excellent conditions—almost new.
One of them offered a macro lens saying that, “This item is unused. The packaging has been opened but it is unused.” The price was $350.00 for the lens compared with Canon’s new lens which can be had at Amazon for $649.00. The deal was so tempting that I took it immediately before somebody else took advantage of the opportunity.
The macro lens is the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM – Ultrasonic
This respectable macro lens is a thoroughly modern design that’s optimized for select Canon EOS digital DSLR cameras. Inner focusing driven by a silent powerful ring-type USM, meaning that the lens’ overall length never changes while focusing.
This is a wonderful multipurpose lens that’s equally at home shooting macro shots, portraits or available-light photos. Exactly what I need. All of them are open options for my generalistic photography.
This lens enables photography down to a magnification of 1:1, which means that you can fill the final RAW or JPEG with a subject the same size as the APS-C sensor, inside a Canon Digital Rebel. I own a Canon DSLR Rebel EOS T2i camera.
The ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) allows full-time manual focus, even when the camera/lens are set to autofocus (AF). The lens is constructed of 12 elements in 8 groups. A floating element ensures high optical quality at all distances from 1:1 to infinity. For lovers of soft bokeh (blurred areas in foreground and background), this lens is equipped with a circular aperture. The lens requires a Canon ET-67B hood.
- Closest focus distance: 7.9 inches
- Filter diameter: 52mm
- Price: $649.00 (New at Amazon), $350.00 (Used at E-Bay)
- Easier handheld, small and light
- Versatile focal length for general use
- Fill the frame with a subject the size of a penny
- Canon’s shortest focal length macro lens ever with fully internal focusing
To protect the lens, I also purchased a Tiffen filter, UV protector for $7.99. Transportation charges from Miami to Panama, including import duties were $107.03, which I thought was pretty expensive.
II. PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
III. SAMPLE SHOTS
So far so good. Obviously, the next step is to test the macro features to see if the lens is worth its salt. Shortly I’ll be posting my first macro photographs. Fingers crossed.