EF-M 55-200 zoom lens points to a future for Canon mirror less

Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens

Canon is showing further commitment to it’s mirror less camera line with yet another EF-M lens in this case the EF-M 55-200mm. The EF-M 55-200 has a range of 90mm to 320mm in 35mm full-frame terms and also includes an optical Image Stabilizer (IS) and the STepper Motor (STM) technology for smooth progressive autofocus when shooting movies.

This is one of the first Canon lenses that I can recall having an aperture as slow as f/6.3, but since the EOS M camera doesn’t use the same kind of AF sensor as the other mirror equipped EOS cameras then maybe the old rules of f/5.6 needed for focus to work (on most cameras) do not apply.

Price looks to be comparatively inexpensive and the lens is certainly in keeping with the small and light mirror less cameras at only 60.9mm diameter, 86.5mm long and 260g in weight. This zoom lens is lighter than the EF 50mm f/1.4 lens!

Canon’s line up of EF-M series lenses now contains four models…

  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-M 22mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

I wonder how long until we see more prime lenses and a new mirror less EOS? They could take styling from something like the classic AE-1 Program and make a retro style digital EOS M model. There have certainly been plenty of special deals on EOS M cameras in recent months to point to a new EOS M camera coming soon – maybe in time for Photokina in Spetember???

Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Press Release

Taking you closer – Canon unveils the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 June 2014 – Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love.

EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM

EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM

 

Taking you closer

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.

Leading optical technologies for incredible images

Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.

Designed to make great photography easy

Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM key features:

  • Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp
  • Compact enough to go anywhere
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour

Pricing and availability

  • The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with a SRP £329.99/€389.99.