Hands-on review: Canon EF-M 28mm Macro
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Hands-on review: Canon EF-M 28mm Macro

3.7" is quite an extreme working distance, and this means a maximum reproduction ratio of 1.2x in 'Super Macro' mode. Image stabilization is included and is effective for shooting in a wide range of scenarios, although for the extreme close-ups it's better left switched off and replaced with a tripod.

A subject at minimum focus distance illuminated by the two LED's together receives about 8.9 EV illumination in normal macro and 9.1 EV in super macro mode when measured with an incident light meter. The lights have two levels of brightness, and are switched on via a button on the lens barrel. Both come on with a single press, and a press and hold switches to one light only. Sadly, there's no ability to have just one LED on at full brightness and the other dimmed. They're either both on at the same power level, or illuminated independently.

The lightweight construction and STM focus motor also help this lens focus reasonably quickly, especially when compared to the painfully slow-focusing macro lenses of yore. It isn't as fast as some of the quickest we've seen, but does very well, especially considering how close its MFD is.