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EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »
Guess I should start the thread I suggested.  First a few pictures of the lens mounted on the M.  The lens pairs really well with the M, both size and balance. Packs small and is a nice complement to the 11-22. 

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EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 03:46:25 PM »
Here's a few comparison images I took while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend.  Target is Long's Peak from Highway 7 about 4.5 miles away.  Early in the day so only a slight haze.  Used a tripod and 2 second timer to minimize technique issues.  Pixel peepers might notice some folks on the peak if you open the full size images. Raw images exported from DxO OP9 with no corrections.

M / EF-M 55-200 at 200mm

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M / EF 70-200 f/4L IS at 200mm

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 03:50:37 PM »
I previously posted some close-ups taken with this lens in another thread.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21518.msg431784#msg431784
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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 04:13:13 PM »
dcm, thanks for posting the photos.  I've been curious about this lens since it was announced and have only seen 1 test on a German site that gave it so-so marks.  From your photos, it seems like a great little lens.  The Longs Peak photos bring back some interesting memories, too.  About 20 years ago, a friend and I got a late start on our ascent and found out firsthand why they say, "Be off the summit by Noon."  We got caught in a terrifying thunderstorm just below the summit and ended up going down the southwest side of the peak, leading to a very long off-trail hike ending well after dark.

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 04:51:45 PM »
dcm, thanks for posting the photos.  I've been curious about this lens since it was announced and have only seen 1 test on a German site that gave it so-so marks.  From your photos, it seems like a great little lens.  The Longs Peak photos bring back some interesting memories, too.  About 20 years ago, a friend and I got a late start on our ascent and found out firsthand why they say, "Be off the summit by Noon."  We got caught in a terrifying thunderstorm just below the summit and ended up going down the southwest side of the peak, leading to a very long off-trail hike ending well after dark.

Thanks.  I did notice it is slightly softer in the corners compared to the 70-200 at a pixel level, but that was expected when comparing APS and FF lenses on an APS body. I still can't get over how small and light it is when I pick it up.

RNMP is an hour away so I visit regularly to hike and fish.  It is also a great place to photograph.  I have been to many high lakes and peaks, but haven't tried Longs Peak yet.  I know the feeling - I got chased off the mountain two weeks ago when a storm blew in early and I was above treeline. 
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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2014, 12:17:13 PM »
dcm, thanks for posting the photos.  I've been curious about this lens since it was announced and have only seen 1 test on a German site that gave it so-so marks.  From your photos, it seems like a great little lens.  The Longs Peak photos bring back some interesting memories, too.  About 20 years ago, a friend and I got a late start on our ascent and found out firsthand why they say, "Be off the summit by Noon."  We got caught in a terrifying thunderstorm just below the summit and ended up going down the southwest side of the peak, leading to a very long off-trail hike ending well after dark.

Thanks.  I did notice it is slightly softer in the corners compared to the 70-200 at a pixel level, but that was expected when comparing APS and FF lenses on an APS body. I still can't get over how small and light it is when I pick it up.

RNMP is an hour away so I visit regularly to hike and fish.  It is also a great place to photograph.  I have been to many high lakes and peaks, but haven't tried Longs Peak yet.  I know the feeling - I got chased off the mountain two weeks ago when a storm blew in early and I was above treeline.
That's good information about how it compares to the 70-200 and for the price, that sounds really good.  I'm still playing around with the 11-22mm lens I picked up a couple of weeks back. 

That must be really nice to live so close to RNMP.  I'm sure you get to do lots of fun stuff, and I miss my days of living out there.  Longs Peak isn't a tough climb/hike, but even the hike has a few Class 4 sections and there are many false summits making it seem like a long climb.  Being above treeline in a thunderstorm isn't much fun - I'm glad you made it down safely.

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 01:46:01 PM »
There is one other aspect that I forgot to mention - battery life.  My current perception is less battery drain with the EF-M tele than the others, but I didn't shoot extensively with the others on the M.  This is logical but I don't have any hard data to back this up.  I do know I can hike for several hours and take a few hundred photos and some video on a single battery using the 11-22 and 55-200.  I always carry a spare or two, but seldom have to swap batteries.
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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 01:46:01 PM »

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2014, 02:30:29 PM »
I have the same feeling: less battery consumption

However I believe that is because distant animals and plants do. Not ask me as often to show them their picture compared to the people I shoot with the 11-22

Beyond this I'm quiet disappointed. Picture quality is sub par compared to other M lenses.
it is the first EOS lens with a plastic bayonet that I ever bought.
I'm used to Canon charging way to much for the sun shade but for the 55-200?
A short plastic ring for 10% of the lens price and this device not even available for weeks after the  lens started to sell

Unfortunately is the only alternative the Tammy 18-200 which is heavy that it destroys any balance in the M

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2014, 10:50:48 PM »
A few more comparison shots at closer range from this weekend.  Only using the EF-M55-200mm F/4.5-6.3 IS STM  and the EF70-200mm f/4l IS USM for comparisons this time.  These are handheld at 200mm so technique and IS differences may play a role, but they are still pretty close in my opinion.

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2014, 08:35:19 PM »
A couple of handheld photos of the same subject near MFD at both 55 and 200.  DXO noise reduction only.

M/55-200 at 55

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M/55-200 at 200

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2014, 08:58:50 PM »
And finally a few handheld portraits of the grandkid.  Crop and DXO noise reduction only. 

200mm

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200mm

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55mm (turned out better than expected, moving towards me on AF Multi, picked the nearest point for a pleasing effect)

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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »
I'm done with test shots for this lens now.  I think this telephoto (and my other telephotos for that matter) highlight the autofocus weakness with the M more so than wide angle lenses - my keeper rate is lower at 200 than 22.

The lens seems plenty sharp compared to the Ef 70-200mm f/4L IS and a good match to the EF-M 11-22mm on the M.   I think the lenses are ahead of the body and look forward to a new M body.  That said, the current M system is good enough for a lot of situations once you learn to work within its limitations.   I never expected the M to replace my 6Ds and L glass.
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Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »