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OpticalLimits reviews the Canon EF-M 18-55 STM IS and EF-M 55-200mm STM IS

By Richard | March 4, 2018

OpticalLimits reviews the Canon EF-M 18-55 STM IS and EF-M 55-200mm STM IS

OpticalLimits formerly called photozone.de, has decided to dust off their copies of the EF-M 18-55 and EF-M 55-200 and give them a go.

As long suspected by EF-M users, the 18-55 is actually pretty good.  While Canon has stopped shipping the 18-55 included in with new EOS-M kits. It’s still pretty readily available via ebay and other sources.

You may have felt my rather -say- reluctant vibrations regarding the Canon EOS M system at the beginning of this review (despite a long history as Canon user). However, my reservations don’t really apply to the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM IS. Sure, its specs aren’t hot on paper but it is a solid offering especially considering the fact that it is a kit lens.

Their review on the 55-200 surprised me a bit.  I have that lens on my M5 and always found it to be a very credible performer, and turns into a pretty good performer once you run the results through DPP’s DLO.

Usually, Canon gets it right but not this time. The Canon EF-S 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 STM IS is a bit … meh. It is very sharp at 55mm but the middle range and long end are substandard. This is accompanied by noticeable lateral CAs at 200mm although they don’t reach extreme levels. The vignetting is generally high at max. aperture. On the upside, image distortions are low.

At a glance the EF-M 18-55;

  • 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stepping Motor, Inner Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Dynamic IS in Movie Mode
  • Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8″
  • 52mm Filter Diameter

Read the EF-M 18-55 review here.. 

and the EF-M 55-200mm;

  • 88-320mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • One UD Element & One Aspherical Element
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Read the 55-200mm review here.. 

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