My most used lens
I am an novice photographer, but I really wanted to get into macro photography, as well as candid snapshots, so I chose this lens.
Being fixed lens, it has better image quality than most zoom lenses. The downfall to this, being the lack a zooming abilities!
I've heard all over that a 50mm lens offers the best 1:1 ratio, but I find that a 60mm fits a 1:1 ration even better.
The f-stop can be opened up to f/2.8 which isn't the widest aperture on the market, but it certainly is nice. Such an aperture also produces gorgeous, smooth bokeh.
This lens has an ultra-sonic motor, and this gives it exceptionally fast auto-focus. After using a USM lens, I probably wouldn't be able to use any slow motor lenses ever again.
This lens obviously provides a great lens for street photography, or even portraits, but it also allows macro photography. All you need it decent lighting and a tripod, and this lens will give you professionally sharp, incredibly detailed images.
This lens is an EF-S mount, so it won't fit on a full frame body, but that's fine for me, since I shoot a 550D.
My only complaint with this lens is the lack of image stabilisation. When I'm moving in super close to a tiny bug, or trying to take detailed shots of someone's eye, etc. It's very easy to shake, and with no IS, I've lost many pictures that turned out blurry. But of course, with IS, this lens would be much more expensive, and out of my price range.
Overall, this lense is superb, and for sure my favorite of 3 lenses. This lens is almost always on my camera.
November 3, 2012
second best purchase ever!
I'm 83 & not able to hunt with a rifle anymore, therefore I hunt insects & flowers close to home. This little lens on my Canon T3i meets ALL my needs, & takes a great portrait picture too! If your in the market for a true macro lens give this 1 a try. I guarantee you won't regret it.
October 12, 2012
Great starter lens
I am new to DSLRs and this lens has done very well for me. The images are sharp and just what I wanted. Some look like micrographs. I would highly recommend this lens.
September 8, 2012
Great Portrait Lens
I really love this lens for portraits. The pictures are super sharp with good contrast. Good build. The AF is silent, quick and sharp. Performs really well in low light situations.
August 5, 2012