Welcome to our article where we will be going over what we feel is the best macro lens for Canon 700d camera owners currently available on the market right now. We have seen a steady number of people reaching out each month asking for advice on macro lenses for their 700d so we decided to publish this article to help any of our readers who are in this same situation.
Now, we are fully aware that the budget people have for their lens is going to vary greatly depending on where they are in their photography journey. Due to this, we have decided to initially suggest the Four different lenses below as we feel that they can cover the majority of price points out there.
- The best premium price point lens option – Canon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or you can click here to read reviews for the lens.
- The best higher end lens option – Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or you can click here to read reviews for the lens.
- The best mid ranged lens option – Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or you can click here to read reviews for the lens.
- The best entry-level price point lens option – Tamron Auto Focus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or you can click here to read reviews for the lens.
That said, as we feel the majority of our readers will be looking to pick up a mid ranged price point lens for their Canon 700d so we will be focusing the rest of our article solely on the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8. If you are interested in any of the other lenses we recommended above, the various links for each lens can provide you with additional information as well as a number of reviews of each lenses performance from third-party, totally independent photographers.
User Interface And Control System
When it comes to the user interface and control system of the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens Canon couldn’t have made it easier. As the lens is a prime lens based around the 60mm focal length, there is no manual zoom ring to worry about having to get to grips with and the manual focus ring is very easy to use.
Not only does the manual focus ring on the lens allows you to easily get your subject in focus quickly with minimal effort, but it also allows you to quickly and easily adjust the focus of your subject mid-session without hassle. The ring also has a unique texture compared to the rest of the body of the lens to ensure that you can keep looking through the viewfinder on your camera body while locating the manual focus ring with your spare hand.
The rubber ring cover on the manual focus ring also makes it very easy for you to rotate if your fingertips are wet or cold. Considering a bunch of macro photography is done outside in potentially cold or wet conditions this is a great little feature to have on a macro photography lens at this price point. It is almost as if the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 was made to work perfectly with the Canon 700d to get you the best possible image quality every time.
Performance And Functionality
The f/2.8 maximum aperture on the lens also offers some pretty decent low light performance too, we have seen one particular report from an avid arachnid enthusiast who likes to capture his spider collection via macro photography using the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 often in low light. Although at the time of writing, we have been unable to get any of his photographs to share with our readers, he reports some excellent image quality from the lens in low light conditions.
Another photograph captured using the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 that we are big fans of is the one below. We feel that it does a great job of showing the type of image quality this 60mm focal length is able to offer for your Canon 700d. Again, just like above, we feel it does an excellent job of capturing both the detail and color of the flower while also offering some nice bokeh manipulation to let you see what you can achieve.
Insects have a mind of their own and will often fly off or run away in the time it takes you to bring your Canon 700d up into the aim. Everyone has experienced this and felt the frustration but just keep in mind that there is always next time!
Anyway, we feel that the photograph below does a great job of showcasing the insect photography potential of the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8. The detail of the fly has been captured in excellent quality even down to the hairs on its back. The colors of the body and eye of the fly really pop and the lens has accurately reproduced them for the photographer’s camera sensor.
Without a doubt, one of the strongest features of the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 that helps to push it ahead of the competing lenses for your Canon 700d at this price point in the market is its super silent ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for autofocusing. This allows you to get right up to any insects you may be trying to capture without the sound of the autofocus motor scaring them off or getting them to act unnaturally. We have seen countless reports from people who use the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 as their go-to macro photography lens praising the ultra-sonic monitor on it and commenting on how it is their favorite feature on the lens.
All in all, when you take its price tag into consideration, we really do think that this lens can provide your Canon 700d with some of the best performance available for the macro photography niche. At the time of writing, you will be hard pressed to find a better suited macro lens for your camera that can keep up to the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8.
Build Quality And Design
As you will expect from an official Canon lens, the build quality of the 60mm f/2.8 is excellent. the whole lens has been put together really well and the dust-proofing seals do a great job of keeping dust specks out of the optical path. The parts of the lens that are made from plastic are still pretty robust and able to take a bunch of knocks while still being pretty lightweight to keep the overall weight of the lens as low as possible.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the manual focus on the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 is easy to locate with just your fingertips while also being easy to rotate too. This allows you to bring your Canon 700d up into the aim and quickly manually focus the image on your subject if you are not using the autofocus technology.
The forward lens element is also pretty solid in all fairness but as many macro photographers have found out, it is highly recommended that you use a decent UV filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) with the lens. This offers some additional protection for the forward lens element on the lens as we have lost count of the number of people who have became engrossed in their session and accidentally bumped the forward lens element.
The 52mm filter threads on the front of the lens allow you to quickly and easily mount or unmount the filter as required. The threads are solid too so minimize the chance of you accidentally cross threading the filter when mounting it on your lens too.
Question – Does the front element on the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 move when you focus. ?
Answer – No, the forward element on the lens is fixed.
Question – Where is the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 made?
Answer – It is made in Taiwan.
Third Party Reports
In addition to the video above, you can also click here if you like to read some other third party reports of the performance of the lens from independent photographers who use it on a regular basis. This can offer an excellent insight into how the lens can perform for your Canon 700d.
This brings our article on what we feel the best macro lens for Canon 700d camera owners to an end. We hope that you have found it helpful as well as seen why we feel the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 is such a great macro photography lens that offers some excellent image quality. We have no doubt that it will make an excellent addition to your collection of camera accessories and improve the image quality of the photographs that you are able to capture with your 700d.