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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2017, 09:43:49 AM »
I went ahead and ordered the lens - finally in stock - and impressions will be forthcoming once I receive it and have a chance to test it extensively

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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2017, 10:35:13 AM »
I've been using it extensively for about three weeks, and it really works very well overall.  It has a bit of CA, and the flare resistance could be better, but stopped down a bit it is actually quite sharp.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2017, 11:58:30 AM »
I've been using it extensively for about three weeks, and it really works very well overall.  It has a bit of CA, and the flare resistance could be better, but stopped down a bit it is actually quite sharp.

How is it at 150mm f6.3? Is it similar to the 55-200 in this range?

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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2017, 01:34:32 PM »
I've been using it extensively for about three weeks, and it really works very well overall.  It has a bit of CA, and the flare resistance could be better, but stopped down a bit it is actually quite sharp.

How is it at 150mm f6.3? Is it similar to the 55-200 in this range?

I'll shortly be releasing a head to head comparison.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2017, 01:36:35 PM »
Here's one I took at 74mm f/8 last week:

Painting the West by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Here's another at 35mm f/6.3

Awaken to Wonder by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2017, 08:44:25 PM »
like the 1st pic painting the west. great light! where is it? what mountain is that? thx!

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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2017, 08:49:30 PM »
Lens actually came today (!), initial thoughts:

- Weight is very noticeable - unlike other EF-M lenses, this one has somewhat of a heft to it
- The M10/18-150 combo is RIGHT at the limit of what you can stuff into a Dashpoint 30 bag (it's TIGHT)
- For some reason I don't feel the same sense of solidness and durability when I hold this one compared to the others, especially the 11-22
- Great range - FINALLY the M system has a multi-purpose lens. That said, see next point - other, smaller lenses may still be better for certain uses
- On-board flash casts significant shadow at 18mm (no surprise there, really) - with a regular size filter attached, one must zoom to 35mm to get rid of this shadow. Flash selfies won't really work with this lens, and you must also consider this when taking low-light, wide-angle shots (think indoor portraits or group shots). UPDATE: Even without a filter, this lens will still cast a shadow with flash on the M10 up to 30mm
- The stated aperture range is 3.5-6.3 but...it closes down on you FAST. By 35mm it's already f5. You hit f6.3 before 70mm(!), which means that the 55-200 is brighter throughout the equivalent range by an average of 2/3 stop, something to keep in mind.

UPDATE: Here's a quick speed comparison between the two lenses
                 18-150              55-200
55mm:       f5.6                    f4.5
70mm        f6.3                    f5.0
100mm      f6.3                    f5.0
135mm      f6.3                    f5.6
150mm      f6.3                    f5.6

As you can see, the 55-200 is ALWAYS faster at the equivalent focal length. For those considering trading in their 55-200 for this one, note that you'll be giving up speed as well as the 50mm extra reach


- IQ: can only take indoor shots at this time, so can't truly evaluate, but from what I can see sharpness seems to hold up surprisingly well throughout most of the range (it does soften a bit near the long end). Contrast needs to be boosted in post. And I agree with Dustin about the fringing/CA - it's present and noticeable
- I'll have to put this one through a couple of real-world situations before I have a final verdict, but first impressions are generally positive.

ETA: Also, the 18-150 may be easier to handle with an M3 or M5, both of which have grips - the M10 does not have a grip, and even after just a few minutes, one-handed shooting with this lens became somewhat uncomfortable - not a deal-breaker, but something I never really had to consider with the other lenses.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2017, 09:23:21 PM »
Thanks!  Looking forward to your further impressions...
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2017, 10:12:42 AM »
like the 1st pic painting the west. great light! where is it? what mountain is that? thx!

That is Picacho Peak in Arizona.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2017, 02:40:56 PM »
Here's one from my recent trip that I thought came out surprisingly artful from the lens.  I've done a little post to enhance color (and some light on the main subject), but most of the look is from the lens.

Cholla Bones by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Bad news - you have to be REALLY careful with the sun on this lens.  It is definitely prone to some ghosting.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2017, 02:05:16 PM »
I currently take 11-22 and 55-200 for my hikings. I rarely use my 18-55. Looking at DPR gallery I can't see much of this new lens. I wish they had used a more photographic eye!
It is a good walk around range. Is it as sharp as 11-22 or at least sharper than 55-200?
I look for your head to head review Dustin.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2017, 11:16:23 AM »
I currently take 11-22 and 55-200 for my hikings. I rarely use my 18-55. Looking at DPR gallery I can't see much of this new lens. I wish they had used a more photographic eye!
It is a good walk around range. Is it as sharp as 11-22 or at least sharper than 55-200?
I look for your head to head review Dustin.

My review is live.  Read it:  http://bit.ly/EFM18_150STM  Watch it:  http://bit.ly/18_150STM

It's actually a pretty good lens.
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Re: Any reviews or impressions of the EF-M 18-150mm yet?
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2017, 02:40:08 PM »
I currently take 11-22 and 55-200 for my hikings. I rarely use my 18-55. Looking at DPR gallery I can't see much of this new lens. I wish they had used a more photographic eye!
It is a good walk around range. Is it as sharp as 11-22 or at least sharper than 55-200?
I look for your head to head review Dustin.

My review is live.  Read it:  http://bit.ly/EFM18_150STM  Watch it:  http://bit.ly/18_150STM

It's actually a pretty good lens.
Thanks for your review of this lens. I read it the other day.
I am looking forward to buying it.
I'll probably get it with the M5; I currently have the M3 and the 18-55.
I was complaining on a trip out at Christmas, that the 18-55 doesn't have enough reach sometimes.
The 18-150 should totally banish that woe.


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