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Canon 45-60mm Lens Summary

All of Canon’s 50mm lenses have some hot-spot issues, with the 50mm f/2.5 compact macro showing the best performance. However, shooting at apertures up to f/5.6 can provide quite pleasing results.

hot spots (45mm -60mm) summary

Ironically, the Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 zoom fares better than all of Canon’s primes, and all of Canon’s zooms. This is one reason why the Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 was my standard lens on the 5D-IR until the Zeiss IR-Distagon and Coastal Optics 60/4 came along.

Canon’s zooms (at 50mm) also outperform Canon’s primes, a disappointing situation, since hot spots are a real problem with the Canon zooms. To maintain perspective, Nikon’s 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 primes don’t fare any better, though the 4-element Nikon 45mm f/2.8P offers exemplary performance.

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