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Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've finished up my reviews of the new Canon EF-M 18-150mm STM kit lens.  It's actually a pretty competent little lens:

Text Review:  http://bit.ly/EFM18_150STM
Video Review:  http://bit.ly/18_150STM
Image Gallery:  http://bit.ly/2gYDCDx

It seems to optically keep up with the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses without much issue, so I see little reason to go for the two lens kit over it.  It is definitely a better lens optically than any of the 18-135 variants I've used or reviewed.
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Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »

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Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 12:51:51 PM »
Thanks for posting.

Having picked this up for myself recently, I will agree with you that the lens exceeded my expectations as far as sharpness goes. With the exception of around 150mm f6.3, I found the lens to be surprisingly sharp, more so than the 15-45 lens which is disappointingly average in this respect. That said, I found CA to be a bigger issue with this one than with most other lenses in my collection. Also, balance with the smaller M's like the M10 is slightly front-heavy. But for my uses, not really a deal-breaker. I like it overall. I do have the 55-200 as well but I'm going to keep it for now - besides the 50mm extra reach, it's also 2/3 stop faster in the equivalent focal range.

Also - if you use the built-in flash, keep in mind the long barrel will cast a shadow at the widest FLs (up to about 30mm).

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Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 01:04:19 PM »
Thanks Dustin! Your review confirms my expectations.
Will also consider whether I move from 18-55 + 55-200.
Would give me nice 1/2/3 lens setups for mountaineering and city trips. 18-150/ 11-20 / 22
 

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Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2017, 07:10:12 PM »
Thanks for posting.

Having picked this up for myself recently, I will agree with you that the lens exceeded my expectations as far as sharpness goes. With the exception of around 150mm f6.3, I found the lens to be surprisingly sharp, more so than the 15-45 lens which is disappointingly average in this respect. That said, I found CA to be a bigger issue with this one than with most other lenses in my collection. Also, balance with the smaller M's like the M10 is slightly front-heavy. But for my uses, not really a deal-breaker. I like it overall. I do have the 55-200 as well but I'm going to keep it for now - besides the 50mm extra reach, it's also 2/3 stop faster in the equivalent focal range.

Also - if you use the built-in flash, keep in mind the long barrel will cast a shadow at the widest FLs (up to about 30mm).

The aperture advantage for the 55-200 is definitely true.  The 18-150mm gets to a maximum of f/6.3 by 60mm.
6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2017, 11:07:21 PM »
The aperture advantage for the 55-200 is definitely true.  The 18-150mm gets to a maximum of f/6.3 by 60mm.

I think I'm going to pass on this lens for now, at least until the price drops significantly.  I started with only the 22 f/2.  I later got a whitebox 18-55, but haven't used it much.  I've used the 55-200 more.  At 55, it also has an advantage in aperture over the 18-55.  I currently use the EF-S 18-135 STM for video, but I guess I could use it the M with the adapter.  Does anyone know how well that works compared the EF-M 18-150?

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Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Reply #5 on: Today at 12:09:19 AM »
I'd love to see a full comparison between the Canon EF-M 18-150mm and the Tamron EF-M 18-200mm!
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