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Canon announces two EF-M lenses to accompany EOS M mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Jul 23, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Canon has announced two lenses for the EF-M mount used for the first time by its EOS M mirrorless camera. The first lenses will be a EF-M 22mm F2.0 STM 'pancake' prime and an EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM stabilized standard zoom lens. Both are built around a STM linear stepping motors to drive focus. The EF-M 22mm F2.0 offers a field-of-view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a 135 film camera, while the 18-55mm offers around 29-88mm equivalent coverage. Both feature metal lens barrels and focus-by-wire manual focus.

Both lenses are covered in our hands-on preview of the Canon EOS M. Click here to read more about both the EF-M 22mm F2 STM and the EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 STM IS.


Press Release:

Canon EF-M 22mm F2 STM and Canon EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 STM IS

Canon EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 STM IS Canon EF-M 22mm F2 STM

In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF lenses1, accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories. Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs offer the perfect form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

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Total comments: 68
samhain
By samhain (Jul 24, 2012)

The camera is pretty cool....but Lol @ those lenses! Woah, a slow-ass 18-55mm kit zoom, where do I pre-order?!? :)
Seriously, they should've took a page from the Fuji lens playbook.
And how does 22mm=35mm focal length on aps-c?
Shouldn't that read 33mm?

0 upvotes
szal
By szal (Jul 25, 2012)

No. The Canon crop factor is not 1.5×, but 1.6×.

0 upvotes
kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Aug 5, 2012)

"Slow-ass kit zoom." Exactly what the standard Joe Suburban soccer mom buys with his/her Rebel.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jul 24, 2012)

I'm gonna repeat it again and again and again.
You've gotta gotta gotta gotta have a decent ultra-wide lens for a mirrorless system.

This is because landscape photographers:

A)Do not care for slow AF
B) Do not care for FF DOF
C) Do not have to change settings rapidly, thus do not care for bad ergonomics
D) Do not care for super high ISO performance (applicable to older M43 sensors)

AND

E) Cares for the weight of gears.

Do not call me a girl for the last point (Actually girls take landscape photos too). If you never went on a photography trip for a whole week, you will not understand how the fatigue builds up.

4 upvotes
3tagebart
By 3tagebart (Jul 24, 2012)

Very true words qwertyasdf. But you can use the EF-S 10-22 (385 g) with the adapter. Should be a relatively lightweight package.

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jul 24, 2012)

Can't be too kind to Canon
Can't just call it a complete system because it has an adapter...
it's a solution, but it's one step forward and half step back! haha

If Panasonic just lower the price of their 7-14, everything is sorted out.

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Jul 24, 2012)

Dude, it's Canon your talking about- you'll have to buy 2 mediocre lenses before they release a 'L' quality version. And then as soon as you buy it, they'll release a stabilized(IS) version :)

2 upvotes
dorianlee
By dorianlee (Jul 23, 2012)

Lens roadmap, please Canon!

3 upvotes
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jul 24, 2012)

No need... by offering just the few 'starter kit' EF-M lens, it will satisfy the majority who will be 'base entry' shooters who don't mind the 'base' EOS-M body (less featured than any prosumer model).

And anyone wanting to shift to go all out for other focal lengths and zooms of other lenses already have most of it mapped out with pre-existing EOS EF/EF-S lens family. That's why the EOS-M EF-Adaptor already exists.

Although I've never been keen on 'smartphone/tablet-pad' touchscreen systems, which is how the EOS-M will function when carried around apart from its lens. Imagine a whole set of 'bodies' being used to shoot/review 'on set' for a film shoot?

Super35 film/video schools and 'micro' studios could have bundles of bodies, much more readily transportable, along with ENTIRE SET of various lenses of the entire focal length range of EF/EFS for either Stills or Cine-Video.

more advanced users will go with the next body, a prosumer one instead.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jul 24, 2012)

The only lens remaining of interest to me on an APS-C system is always the 'golden' focal length of 24mm FOV (equivalent), thus it could be a fast flat prime wide 15mm instead of the long-ish 22mm now offered.

If Canon balks on offering 24mm on its PowerShot G series (it has held off for too long), then an EOS-M with an EF-M 15mm STM pancake lens is what will interest me. (24mm FOV equivalent)

0 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Jul 24, 2012)

Absolutely need a roadmap. It must be one of the most important informations for when a whole new camera system is launched. Very odd for Canon to not announce the roadmap together with the camera.

0 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (Jul 23, 2012)

Kit should be choice of lens, $100 extra for both.

1 upvote
goblin
By goblin (Jul 23, 2012)

Wow !

Canon managed to copy all of the weak points of the existing mirorless offerings: no onboard flash, no articulated screen, no EVF, NO EVF PORT (!!!), in one sweep :D

REALLY, CANON ?!?

PS: Any word on the AF with the lenses through adapter ? CDAF ? PDAF ? Hybrid ?

11 upvotes
PatMann
By PatMann (Jul 24, 2012)

PDAF on the sensor per the report.

0 upvotes
Uaru
By Uaru (Jul 27, 2012)

I do not find lack of onboard flash a weakness - it always provides horrible results. I think it is a good thought to remove the flash from camera, but put it in the box.

1 upvote
BJL
By BJL (Jul 23, 2012)

DPReview reports slower AF on the 22/2 pancake due to it not using internal focusing, where only lightweight internal lens elements are moved while the bigger, heavier front elements stay put.

Is this an inherent problem with pancake lenses, or can there be pancakes with fast internal focusing?

2 upvotes
Chas2
By Chas2 (Jul 23, 2012)

Yes, just look at the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 as a perfect example of an internally focusing pancake.

4 upvotes
BJL
By BJL (Jul 23, 2012)

Thanks @Chas2 Looking around, that is so far the only IF pancake, but at least it show that there is hope. I expect more now that the combination of lightweight internal focusing groups driven by small linear stepper motors is taking of as the best approach for mirrorless systems (Olympus, Panasonic and Canon all doing it in some of their lenses.)

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (Jul 23, 2012)

The sensor is great (at least in principle - let's wait for the review), the 22mm lens seems also very good; too bad Canon didn't make a camera to compete with the E-M5, GH3...
(are they afraid it would compete with their own DSLR ?)

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trekkeruss
By trekkeruss (Jul 23, 2012)

This new Canon is much more akin to a NEX-5N than the high-end M4/3.

0 upvotes
nelsonal
By nelsonal (Jul 23, 2012)

Amazon has the 22mm MTF chart, it looks quite similar to the recent 40, so I'd expect good things from it.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 23, 2012)

5N? It is more like Oly E-PM1 or Pana GF5.

3 upvotes
stelioskritikakis
By stelioskritikakis (Jul 23, 2012)

i'd like an EF version of the 22mm f/2 :D
just like the 40mm 2.8 pancake

5 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jul 23, 2012)

...and 10 or 12mm UWA prime pancake, too.
(of the quality of the 40mm)
;-)

0 upvotes
AshMills
By AshMills (Jul 23, 2012)

Presumably the adapter for EF lenses is not optical, so should be dirt cheap?

1 upvote
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Jul 23, 2012)

It would have to contain conversion electronics. So dirt cheap they will not be.

For the taste of price, you can check prices for 1st party FourThirds to MicroFourThirds adapters: Olympus MMF-2, Olympus MMF-3 (weather-sealed) and Panasonic DMW-MA1. (In Germany - 140€ and upwards.)

Edit1: The simple Sony's Alpha to NEX adapter in Germany also goes for 140€.

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JackM
By JackM (Jul 23, 2012)

I think it will have to be optical, due to the difference in flange-to-sensor distance.

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jul 23, 2012)

@JackM,
they do have a lens - made of air. :) This air-lens increases the flange-sensor distance.

0 upvotes
Liamness
By Liamness (Jul 23, 2012)

Nope. When mounting SLR lenses to a CSC camera, you just need an empty tube of the correct length, to replicate the flange distance the lens was designed for. You only need glass if it's the other way around, such as mounting FD glass onto an EOS mount.

2 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jul 23, 2012)

Right, so that has the same effect as an extension tube. Won't EF lenses then behave as macro-only? You won't be able to focus at longer distances.

1 upvote
Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jul 23, 2012)

@JackM, you got it the wrong way around! The EF-M lens would be an extreme Macro lens when mounted on a DSLR even if the adapter were 0 mm in length. The EOS EF or EF-S lens mounted on the extension tube (which basically the adapter is) OTOH will behave just like it should as it is used at the correct distance from the sensor due to the adapter...

2 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 23, 2012)

It is not optical but not dirt cheap. B&H pre order is $199 U.S.
Since Flange distance is farther for EF lenses an extension is all you need. Would be cool to see an FD adaptor too!

2 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jul 23, 2012)

I`d expect it to cost somewhere as a Extension Tube EF 25 II, but third party adapters should go for much less.

1 upvote
PatMann
By PatMann (Jul 24, 2012)

Just like the Nikon 1 adapter - just over $200 for an extension tube with electronic connections extended. About the price of a full-frame film SLR.

0 upvotes
Koulang
By Koulang (Jul 23, 2012)

Why there is no wide angle or tele lenses like 10mm, 200m or 300mm for mirroless camera?

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Jul 23, 2012)

Cause you'll more likely want real, ergonomic and potent camera for shooting with 300mm lens instead of running around with tiny mirrorless.

7 upvotes
WT21
By WT21 (Jul 23, 2012)

You mean primes? Panasonic has a pretty nice 100-300mm tele, and I use it on my tiny EPM1.

4 upvotes
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Jul 23, 2012)

boy this is a new model line...
do you think they will introduce all lenses at once?

which company does that...???

2 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jul 23, 2012)

EF 200 and 300mm lenses via adapter should be OK, if you want them, but I`d appreciate a 10 or 12mm compact and quality (and cheap ;)) rectilinear prime. I miss one for xxxD (APS-C) line, too.

0 upvotes
oysso
By oysso (Jul 23, 2012)

no need. You have adapter to the EF-lenses.
Only small lenses are needed for this camera.

1 upvote
Koulang
By Koulang (Jul 24, 2012)

I miss Panasonic 100-300mm. Thanks for telling me!

I refer to pancake lenses because I saw the IQ of the 40mm being excellent and good price too. If 10mm Pancake or 300mm would take away some photographers from big DSLR.

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oluv
By oluv (Jul 23, 2012)

no pancake zoom? WTF?

3 upvotes
douple
By douple (Jul 23, 2012)

street photography lens, no need to zoom

3 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 23, 2012)

Take your zoom and shove it. Primes Rule!

0 upvotes
oluv
By oluv (Jul 24, 2012)

what primes? there is only one!

2 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jul 23, 2012)

As usual insane pricing: Price of the 18-55 STM > Canon 18-55 IS mkII + Mount adapter.

12 upvotes
walnist
By walnist (Jul 23, 2012)

Hopefully IQ will be higher too?

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jul 23, 2012)

18-55 IS is already good enough. It is sharp at all lengthes from corner to corner.

0 upvotes
snackwells
By snackwells (Jul 23, 2012)

Remember that the fit, finish, and quality of the materials play into the pricing, and from the looks of it, the STM has a metal mount and far better fit/finish.

0 upvotes
PatMann
By PatMann (Jul 24, 2012)

They have to suck all the money out of the early adopters before they reduce the price to something that fits with the rest of the market. Same as NEX, same as Nikon 1. It's just marketing.

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jul 23, 2012)

EOS-M (298) + 18-55 kit (120) = 418g
650D (575) + 18-55 kit (200) = 775g

418 / 775 = 53.9%

Weight savings are nice for kit lens users.

12 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jul 23, 2012)

But no EVF sucks for us with aging eyes (all of you shall get sunken to that coast), so I`ll stick to xxxD EOS cameras so far.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 23, 2012)

The 18-55/3.5-5.6 is 29-88mm/5.6-9 FF eq. 418g with protruding lens. 4 fps. $1000 or so.

Sony RX100 1.8-4.9, is 28-100mm/5-13 FF eq. 240g almost flat. 10 fps. $650.

Why would anybody even think to buy the EOS-M for the 18-55 use?

0 upvotes
TristanW
By TristanW (Jul 23, 2012)

very good EOS-M 22/2 lens. Seems my waiting E24/1.8za has chance to buy with normal price now.

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jul 23, 2012)

They would better make good 35mm f/1.8 of f/2 for normal DSLRs.

1 upvote
Jun2
By Jun2 (Jul 23, 2012)

These lenses look like SONY

20 upvotes
TristanW
By TristanW (Jul 23, 2012)

+1

0 upvotes
Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jul 23, 2012)

Sure do. Looks like OEM to me.

1 upvote
pc168
By pc168 (Jul 23, 2012)

Ugly. In terms of finishing, Pan's 14-42 X is the best looking kit lens.

3 upvotes
Katie Piecrust
By Katie Piecrust (Jul 23, 2012)

Who buys their lens based on how it looks? Isn't performance what matters most to you? I'd happily use the ugliest lens ever created in the history of photography if it meant I was also getting the sharpest lens ever made in the history of photography lol. :)

9 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jul 23, 2012)

Katie - sadly: it's never like that. And if I pay large pile of money for something - it'd want it to look decently. (That's one of the reasons why I will never buy X-Pro 1 which looks like plastic toy from '90s)

That said - I don't think that EF-M lenses look ugly. They're ok. But at the same time - they do look like an OEM from Sony. Seems like they got some agreement behind the desk - even flange focal distance is the same as in NEX as far as I'm aware.

7 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 23, 2012)

Or Nikon 1.

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (Jul 23, 2012)

Just as in the film 35mm SLR days, there is clearly a commonality of design elements and components that OEMs draw from. I doubt that all these companies arrived at the same design solutions independently, right down to the icons on buttons. I think the medium format SLRs probably had the most distinctive individual design and components. Bronica SLR, Pentax SLR, Mamiya RB, Hasselblad, etc.

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EsVeeFoto
By EsVeeFoto (Jul 23, 2012)

What about a tele zoom? It will be interesting to see how compact it will be.

1 upvote
photonius
By photonius (Jul 23, 2012)

Don't expect wonders. The sensor is still APS-C, so we are in the same physical constrained realm as the Rebel bodies. A 55-250 lens would essentially be that same as the existing 55-250IS. And longer lenses will still be like EF lenses, because focal length is focal length (unless you make fancy things like with the DO lenses), and f stop is f-stop (i.e. focal length divided by diameter of light intake).
The reason that P&S have small "long" teles, is that the sensor is much smaller, so that effectively a 100mm lens is like a 400mm or whatever. Effectively, you take your FF or APS-C sensor, and crop. In the future, when they have 100 Mp APS-C sensors, you just crop like crazy to get the same effect as a P&S camera.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jul 23, 2012)

22mm lens will make a good combo with the EOS-M

7 upvotes
Liamness
By Liamness (Jul 23, 2012)

Very reminiscent of the GF1 + 20mm combination, which is a very fun combination.

0 upvotes
Alex P Scorsch
By Alex P Scorsch (Jul 24, 2012)

This preview doesn't make any mention of manual focusing. Does anyone know if it is possible to focus manually?

0 upvotes
Total comments: 68