I can't decide for my 60d canon 85 mm 1.8 vs 60 mm macro , family,children,newborn is what I mainly photograph, like to start some macro for fun ~ I did just order, but haven't had a chance to play with it yet a sigma 30mm 1.4 for inside work. So I'm looking for something to compliment that for outside family work
My comment would be that for the 85mm, the minimum focus distance is pretty far away and pretty zoomed in for indoors. I would think the 60mm will give more flexibility especially for shots of the baby close up and baby plus mom
85mm f/1.8 EF USM is a good choice for portraiture and standard photography, especially if you're shoot'n low light conditions using natural light with the wider aperture. 60mm macro would be fun..May I suggest the Canon EFS 17-85mm f/3-5.5 USM Ultra wide...it has a wide focal range, still wide aperture and GREAT for all photography ($750)...my Canon is always wearing it until I put on a larger 90-300mm lens :)
There's alot of assumptions I can make in this question. Did you buy the camera new? Did it come with a lens? If so, which one? Or did you just obtain a body? Is Money no object, or do you want the most for the least? And, are you on a budget? Do you think you will upgrade at a later date? There are 3 standard EF-S lenses that come with this camera. The 16mm 2.8 *** the 18-135mm *** 3.5-5.6 *** and the 18-200mm 3.5-5.6. DID YOUR CAMERA COME WITH ONE OF THESE? The big problem is always MONEY. The EF-S lens is a cropped lens designed for the 60d. (which has a cropped sensor) Better lenses for better camera's would be the EF lens and the L lens, (EF-L) being the better of the 3. The lower the "F" value, by number means the more light available to the lens, and the better the lens. A 1.8 lens is usually expensive, but very desireable. Generally, the lower the number in mm measure, the wider the view. A full frame sensor camera has a wider field of view naturally than the cropped lenses. In the more expensive lenses, a 24mm can have a wider view angle than say the 16mm in the 60D's EF-S lens, as it serves a full frame sensor. Put it on a cropped camera like the 60d, you won't get as much view. (angle width) Now you never mentioned zooming at all. Most people do zoom from time to time. I'd say the EF-S 16mm X 2.8 would do a fine job for you. The 18-135mm is not quite as wide of an angle for view, but you have zoom with it, and the 18-200mm gives you what the 18-135 has at the bottom end with more zoom. I assume you are referring to the "L" lens when you list the 85mm X 1.8. My question is, if you can afford this L lens, why didn't you buy a full frame sensor camera instead of the 60d? Anyway, if the lens you mention is the L lens, it would work OK on the 60d, but alot better on the 5d. It is a very nice lens, and an investment. It won't do as much as if you had a full frame sensor camera. I wouldn't buy the macro, as it's primarily for close ups, which you will not be using, from what you state. But if you want to play with it, you really need both. The 85 will do more than the macro for what you want, but you might end up with both!