Canon UK has announced the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, a compact telephoto zoom for the EOS M mirrorless system. Canon claims the new lens offers high-end optical performance and a 3.5-stop optical image stabilization system. It provides an 88-320mm equivalent range on the EOS M.

The stepping motor is designed to provide near-silent focusing, an especially attractive feature for video shooters. Many lenses in this class produce noise as the focus is attained, noise that can be picked up by microphones during video shooting. A stepping motor eliminates this, while also smoothing transitions between focus points. 

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4-6.3 IS STM offers a metal exterior and is built with an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element and a seven-blade circular aperture. 

The new lens is the fourth lens in the EF-M series from Canon. The European pricing listed for the for the lens is €389.99/£329.99 with availability (at least in Europe) in July. Canon USA no longer lists the EOS M on their website, so it seems unlikely that the lens would see distribution in the US.


Taking you closer – Canon unveils the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 June 2014 – Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon's signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love.

Taking you closer

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.

Leading optical technologies for incredible images

Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.

Designed to make great photography easy

Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM key features:

  • Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp
  • Compact enough to go anywhere
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Shoot great quality images - full of sharp details and rich colour

Pricing and availability

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with a SRP £329.99/€389.99.

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length55–200 mm
Image stabilisationYes (3.5 stops claimed)
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.5 - F6.3
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F32.0
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements17
Groups11
Special elements / coatings1 UD glass element
Focus
Minimum focus1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification0.21×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight260 g (0.57 lb)
Diameter61 mm (2.4)
Length87 mm (3.41)
MaterialsMetal barrel, plastic mount
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread52 mm
Filter notesDoes not rotate on focusing
Hood suppliedNo
Hood product codeET-54B