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paul13walnut5

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18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:55:04 AM »
I can get a good nearly new used price on one of these... worth augmenting my M system with?

I love the 22mm for the compact form, is the quality of the 18-55 sufficient that it's worth getting one?

I had thought about getting an EF-s 18-55 IS that would work across my bodies, but then I've already got the (better) Sigma 18-50 f2.8, so I thought I'd focus more on an M system so to speak, M+adaptor+EF-s standard becomes a bit larger.

What do you reckon, if the price is right? Worth a punt?

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18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:55:04 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013, 08:43:49 AM »
I think the adapter size ends up with the advantage of a camera small. If EF-M 18-55 cost up to $ 200 then sail worth. I can not imagine why anyone would use a bulky lens in EOS M.
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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013, 09:34:41 AM »
The quality of the M 18-55 IS is fine.  Sharpness, contrast, etc. are pretty good.  Not as compact or as fast as the 22mm, but it works well enough outside, where there is enough light.  My biggest nit with it is the small max aperture, but it is what it is -- a very good kit lens.  Picked mine up for $150.

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 11:14:49 AM »
IQ is very good. A little soft in the corners wide open and some flare with intense light sources in the frame. But impressive overall.

IS is great and easily gets you 3 stops, 4 if you're careful. For that reason the 22mm is not necessarily the low light king. If motion is not an issue, the IS trumps it.

It seems to be the perfect mix of size/weight and zoom range for casual vacation and street shots.

Still love the 22mm, but I'm glad I got the 18-55.

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 11:54:38 AM »
Music to my ears folks.  Took the plunge.  Hopefully get it by Tuesday morning and my M is going on Holiday!

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2013, 12:53:48 PM »
At first, when I viewed test pics I was very lukewarm about it.

But, after buying one and using it on many occasions, here are my real-world thoughts:

Outdoors in good light - it is surprisingly good. It is clearly a step above any P&S and can keep pace with the DSLR kit lenses. Don't expect top-notch L quality - but man, for its size, I was really impressed.

Indoors, however, it can struggle a bit sometimes. I prefer using the 22 (or 40 + adapter) to shoot events indoors.

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 06:44:51 PM »
I've been considering this lens for my M as well.  I bought mine with the 22/2 prime and love it.  I've used my M quite a bit with EF lenses and the Canon adapter, but the size of most of the EF lenses defeats the main purpose of the M system (size).

At some point, I'll probably add the 18-55 and 11-22 to my M kit.
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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2013, 09:16:56 PM »
Got my 18-55mm yesterday.  Let's just say the 22mm spoiled me. :) 

Low light focusing is extremely limited on the 18-55, where on the 22mm, it was hard to find something I couldn't focus on.  AF seems kinda... uh, laggy?  When you half press the shutter button, there's a slight hesitation that's not on the 22mm.  AF speed after that seems similar, though.  And yeah, it's definitely sharp enough for anything you'd ever shoot with the M, though the bokeh is a bit uneasy. 

It's roughly 2.5x the length of the 22mm, so the camera's no longer pocketable with it on.  Nice and smooth zoom ring, though, and extends pretty far, so it's nice that it was kept as compact as it is closed.

Like most kit zooms, it makes compromises, but considering there are only 3 lenses total for the system, it's definitely good enough for the price it's currently going for in the US (around $150 new).  I'd say if you have the 22mm, go for the 18-55mm as well.  If you have the 18-55mm, don't judge the camera until you try the 22mm, too. :)

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2013, 09:32:19 PM »
cheers, have, love and rate the 22mm.

Got the 18-55 now, just need some time to play with it.

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2013, 06:40:39 PM »
Here's some try-outs from the 18-55 EF-M

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2013, 06:45:00 PM »
while i haven't used mine for stills much, i picked one up for cheap to use for video.  IS is profoundly helpful for shooting handheld and the lens itself gives you a more stable platform.
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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2013, 06:53:12 PM »
I've a feeling it may be useful once in a while on my fig rig.

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2013, 06:53:44 PM »
Low light focusing is extremely limited on the 18-55, where on the 22mm, it was hard to find something I couldn't focus on.  AF seems kinda... uh, laggy?  When you half press the shutter button, there's a slight hesitation that's not on the 22mm.

This is the opposite of my experience. BUT...I have AF on the rear button, use single point mode, and I always put my AF point over an area of strong contrast. I actually feel that the 18-55 is quick in this configuration, i.e. comparable to similar DSLR lenses.

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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2013, 05:37:10 PM »
Another wee shot with the mighty M and the newly aquired 18-55!

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »