EF-M55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM?

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
tomtom50 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,244
Re: Comparison (weight/length) to Sony's E mount 55-210

Habs Fan27 wrote:

tomtom50 wrote:

Jonathan Brady wrote:

Canon EF-M 55-200 IS STM f/4.5-6.3 vs Sony 55-210 f/4.5-6.3

  • Weight: 260 grams vs 345 grams
  • Length: 87mm vs 108mm
  • Focal range: 55-200 (88-320 FF equivalent) vs 55-210 (82.5-315 equivalent)
  • Aperture: f/4.5-6.3 vs f/4.5-6.3

So, the EF-M lens is 25% shorter and 20% lighter! NICE! The focal range is a tad longer (even worth mentioning the difference?) on both the wide and tele ends of the lens and the apertures are equal - the only difference may be where the actual max aperture stops are on the focal range - I would assume they're similar but possibly not.

Also, the EOS M is 298 grams and the EOS M2 is 274 grams. This lens should balance VERY well on the M family!

I don't know if it is because of the very good finish & metal mount & barrel, but the Sony is too expensive for its performance level. Let's hope Canon prices more reasonably.

The existing EF-S 55-250mm is all plastic but optically better than the Sony. That is a better value proposition for me.

I would not call the Sony expensive for its performance. Maybe not cheap? For the most part, you can pick one up in a kit for an extra 200 or so or used for 200-250.

The difficulty in comparing E-mount lenses to A-mount or EF or Nikon kit zooms is that the build quality is much different. Most kit lenses have rotating front element/focus rings when autofocusing, and they are usually not silent with no DMF override.

The Olympus 40-150  compared to the Sony 55-210.

  1. Olympus is sharper, smaller, and lighter
  2. List $200 vs. $350, sale prices $120 vs. $300
  3. Neither have rotating front elements
  4. Both use internal focusing, the Olympus MSC motor is faster (I have both lenses)
  5. The Panasonic 45-150mm is also optically better than the Sony, has optical IS, and lists at $239.

I know Canon's newer DSLR kit-level lenses are internally focusing STM because that works better in Live View (and on the M, incidentally). No rotating front elements. The Canon 55-250mm STM is pretty expensive at $350, but it is optically excellent, much better than the Sony lens.

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